Import Exchange Relay Connector IP-Addresses to IIS SMTP instance

For one of our customers, who’s moving away from their On-Premise Exchange 2016 server, I needed to move all the relay connectors (Used by legacy applications, appliances, and hardware) to an IIS SMTP instance. It’s pretty straightforward, but… Adding the long list of addresses myself… No 🙂 In this blog post, I will show you how to easily migrate the IP addresses from a Receive Connector into an IIS SMTP instance.

How the script works

The script uses an export of the Receive Connector as input for the relay allows list in the IIS SMTP instance, but there are a few limitations in the current version of this script:

  • It overwrites the current relay list. Use this script on a new IIS SMTP instance only!
  • It can import all host IP addresses but not IP ranges.

For the IP ranges, you can check the export and manually add them. I hope there are not many because adding complete ranges (And only using a few addresses) is not that secure, in my opinion.


The script uses WMI, and to have the namespace available, you must add the ‘IIS 6 WMI Compatibility’ Server role:

Running the script

Exporting current Receive Connector IP-Addresses

First, you must create an export file. You can do this by running:

(Get-ReceiveConnector SERVERNAME\RelayConnectorName).Remoteipranges | Export-Csv -Path c:\temp\relay.csv -NoTypeInformation -Encoding UTF8 -Delimiter ';'

Importing the exported IP-Addresses

You can run this on your IIS SMPT server to import the host IP-Addresses from the relay.csv you exported in the previous step by running as the script as an Admin in PowerShell ISE. Afterwards, you can run the command below to import all IP Addresses from the relay.csv:

Set-IISSMTPRelayRestrictions -CSVFile C:\temp\relay.csv

You should see this output after running the script:

C:\temp\relay.csv found, continuing...

Path          : \\localhost\root\MicrosoftIISv2:IIsSmtpServerSetting="SmtpSvc/1"
RelativePath  : IIsSmtpServerSetting="SmtpSvc/1"
Server        : localhost
NamespacePath : root\MicrosoftIISv2
ClassName     : IIsSmtpServerSetting
IsClass       : False
IsInstance    : True
IsSingleton   : False

Added the IP-Adresses to the Relay Restrictions list

In the IIS SMTP settings, this looks like this:

(I always uncheck the “Allow all computers which…” check box)

The script

The script is below, copy/paste and save it to a c:\scripts location for example and start it by running “. c:\scripts\Set-IISSMTPRelayRestrictions.ps1”. Afterward, you can follow the procedure listed above.

function Set-IISSMTPRelayRestrictions {
    param (
        [parameter(Mandatory = $true)][string]$CSVFile
    #Check if CSV file is present and accessible
    try {
        $IPAddresses = Import-Csv -Path $CSVFile -Delimiter ';'
        write-host ("{0} found, continuing..." -f $CSVFile) -ForegroundColor Green
    catch {
        Write-Warning ("{0} not found or not accessible, exiting..." -f $CSVFile)

    #Setting up variables needed
    $ipblock = @(24, 0, 0, 128,
        32, 0, 0, 128,
        60, 0, 0, 128,
        68, 0, 0, 128,
        1, 0, 0, 0,
        76, 0, 0, 0,
        0, 0, 0, 0,
        0, 0, 0, 0,
        1, 0, 0, 0,
        0, 0, 0, 0,
        2, 0, 0, 0,
        1, 0, 0, 0, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 76, 0, 0, 128, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 255, 255, 255, 255)
    $ipList = @()
    $octet = @()

    #Loop through the list of Single IP-Adresses and add them to the Relay Restrictions
    foreach ($network in $IPAddresses | Where-Object RangeFormat -eq SingleAddress) {
        $ipList = $Network.Expression
        $octet += $ipList.Split(".")
        $ipblock[36] += 1
        $ipblock[44] += 1   

    #Add the ip-adresses to the list
    $smtpserversetting = get-wmiobject -namespace root\MicrosoftIISv2 -computername localhost -Query "Select * from IIsSmtpServerSetting"
    $ipblock += $octet
    $smtpserversetting.RelayIpList = $ipblock
    Write-Host ("Added the IP-Adresses to the Relay Restrictions list") -ForegroundColor Green


Download the script(s) from GitHub here

2 thoughts on “Import Exchange Relay Connector IP-Addresses to IIS SMTP instance

  1. I read recently that IIS SMTP has been deprecated and while its still included in Win2022, it will be removed at some point in the near future, so time to start looking for alternatives.

    • That’s correct, while still there now it might not be there in the next version of Windows Server anymore. Devices and applications should switch to Exchange Online with Modern Auth / App registrations or you could enable firewall services to do TLS so that clients can connect to the firewall for SMTP relay. Scanners/printers are starting to use 365 accounts in their configuration, so scan2email should be easier… (But still, accounts without MFA for that reason)

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