Initialization of inbound authentication failed with an error for a Receive connector


Topic Last Modified: 2007-11-16

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager monitors the Windows Application log on computers that are running Exchange Server 2007 and generates this alert when the event or events specified in the following Details table are logged.

To learn more about this event, do one or more of the following:

  • Review the description of the event that includes the variables specific to your environment. From the Operator Console, select this alert, and then click the Properties tab.

  • Review all events that have been logged that meet the criteria of this Operations Manager alert. From the Operator Console, click the Events tab, and then double-click the event in the list for which you want to review the event description.


Product Name


Product Version

8.0 (Exchange Server 2007)

Event ID


Event Source


Alert Type

Critical Error

MOM Rule Path

Microsoft Exchange Server/Exchange 2007/Common Components/Hub Transport and Edge Transport/Transport

MOM Rule Name

Initialization of inbound authentication failed with an error for a Receive connector.


This Error event indicates that the initialization of inbound authentication from the specified source on the specified Receive connector has failed. The authentication error and the authentication mechanism are specified in the text of the error message.

The following authentication methods are available for inbound connectors on a Receive connector:

  • None

  • Transport Layer Security (TLS)

  • Mutual TLS authentication

  • Basic authentication

  • Basic authentication only after starting TLS

  • Exchange Server authentication

  • Integrated Windows authentication

  • Externally Secured

In the Exchange Management Console, you set the accepted authentication methods for inbound connections on the Authentication tab of the Receive connector properties page.

In the Exchange Management Shell, you set the accepted authentication methods for inbound connections by using the following parameters on the Set-ReceiveConnector cmdlet:

  • AuthMechanism

  • DomainSecureEnabled

  • RequireTLS

User Action

To resolve this error, verify that the Receive connector and the remote client are configured to use a common authentication method with the correct credentials and required certificates.

For more information, see the following topics:

For More Information

To search the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles based on criteria that generated this alert, visit the Search the Support Knowledge Base (KB) Web site.

To review Exchange 2007 event message articles that may not be represented by Exchange 2007 alerts, see the Events and Errors Message Center.

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