Messages cannot be delivered to a specific domain.
Message Audit Logs indicate that the "domain is marked down".
Transient Delivery Attempts
Attempted Delivery to: default-non-local-route
Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 03:48:55 PM CET
451 4.4.1 [internal] connection was not attempted: domain is marked down (too many connection failures)
When too many connection attempts to the downstream mail server for a domain fails; that domain is marked as "down" by the Messaging Gateway for a short period of time (usually five minutes).
This is to conserve resources when, after repeated connection failures, the destination server is unlikely to be reachable.
During the period of time where a domain is marked down, SMG queues messages for that domain rather than immediately attempting delivery. Once the domain is no longer marked as down, delivery of new messages will be attempted immediately and delivery of queued messages will be attempted at the next queue cycle (usually within fifteen minutes).
This is usually the result of the destination mail server being unreachable for reasons such as:
misconfiguration of the destination domain's DNS MX records
the Messaging Gateway being rate limited or blacklisted by the destination server
In case of SMG not using DNS MX records for mail routing but rather a static route in Protocols->Domains, check that the remote server is reachable via telnet from the command line as shown below and confirm that firewall rules are not preventing mail delivery to the destination IP:
smg> telnet mail.domain.com 25 Trying 22.214.171.124... Connected to 126.96.36.199. Escape character is '^]'. 220 mail.domain.com ESMTP Mail quit 221 2.0.0 Bye Connection closed by foreign host.
Flushing the delivery queue will not cause messages for a "down" domain to be re-attempted until the timeout has expired and the destination server is reachable.
Imported Document ID: TECH201354
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