We’re happy to announce that we’ve added some tests to Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer (RCA), to help you test your mail flow configuration. These tests are intended for customers who use the Exchange Online Protection service to perform spam and malware filtering before sending email messages to your email servers. You can run these tests when setting up the service, or whenever you want to verify that your mail flow is set up correctly.

About Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer (RCA)

Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer is a web site that allows you and your users to quickly test connectivity, availability & functionality of your on-premises Exchange and Lync servers and Office 365 services. You can access it at exrca.com. For more details about the variety of tests included in RCA, see What’s new with Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer? A lot!

The Verify MX Record and Outbound Connector Test, shown in the image below, verifies that the MX record for your domain points to EOP, so that mail is routed to EOP for filtering before it reaches your mailboxes. This test also verifies that you have an Outbound on-premises connector configured to deliver email to your on-premises environment.

Screenshot: Remote Connectivity Analyzer - Verify MX Record and Outbound Connector test
Figure 1: Verify MX Record and Outbound Connector Test

The Verify Service Delivery Test verifies delivery from the service to your on-premises environment by testing the connection between the service and your IP addresses or fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) defined in your Outbound on-premises connector.

For more information about how to run these tests, see Test Mail Flow With the Remote Connectivity Analyzer.

We welcome any feedback; please send comments to the following email address: exrcafb@microsoft.com.

Exchange Online Protection (EOP) Team