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I have an Exchange 2007 SP2 server which happily accepts SMTP messages whose sender is SomeRandomString@mydomain.com and the recipient is SomeRealUser@mydomain.com; this leads to all sort of spoofing and spam.

Is there any way I can tell Exchange "reject all messages whose sender is in your authoritative SMTP domain but doesn't match any real address you have in the GAL"?

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Absolutely, if you are using an edge transport server, otherwise you will need a 3rd party tool. We use a Cisco spam and virus blocker, which was relatively inexpensive, which provides this exact function.

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Are you saying only an ET can filter out those messages? Can't a HT with anti-spam enabled do the same? –  Massimo Sep 16 '09 at 18:55
    
Yes, just not by default. You would need to run the Install-AntisapmAgents.ps1 script. Then enable Recipient filtering and check the box that says Block Messages sent to recipients not listed in the Global Address list. –  geeklin Sep 16 '09 at 19:13
    
That's not what I asked for; I don't want to block messages sent to fake recipients, I want to block messages sent from fake senders. –  Massimo Sep 16 '09 at 19:15
    
Oh, yes. Sorry misunderstood. And that is a great post you found. –  geeklin Sep 16 '09 at 20:21
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Found the answer:

http://exchangepedia.com/blog/2008/09/how-to-prevent-annoying-spam-from-your.html

As usual, being able to set some flag like "block messages sent to recipients not listed in the GAL" would have been a lot easier... what Exchange 2007 certainly doesn't lack in power, it as much certainly does in admin-friendlyness :-/

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