Microsoft announced an online service for IT pros that enables them to test incoming e-mail traffic to Microsoft Exchange Server.
The tool, called Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer, was announced last week as a beta version. However, it's apparently been available as a test version since late last year.
The Microsoft Exchange team on Wednesday pointed to the availability of the beta version. The team's blog includes a video that demonstrates how the tool works, which can be accessed here.
The remote analyzer tool helps IT administrators assess server setup problems, particularly when e-mail clients located outside an organization's firewall are having problems trying to connect. While Exchange Server comes with its own test tools, those tools can only test traffic within an organization's firewall.
The Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer will test incoming e-mail traffic by simulating three client types, including Windows Mobile clients using Exchange ActiveSync, Outlook clients using Outlook Anywhere and clients that use SMTP.
You can run the tests for Windows Mobile and Outlook with autodiscovery turned either on or off.
The beta still has some usability limitations, and it requires certificates for some tests to work, according to the Exchange team blog. The team plans make those improvements in a future version, along with adding new tests for Exchange Web Services, IMAP, Outlook Web Access and POP.
The Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer tool, nicknamed "ExRCA," can be accessed for free online here.