Topic Last Modified: 2010-07-05

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager monitors the Windows Application log on computers running Exchange 2010 and generates this alert when the events specified in the following Details table are logged.

To learn more about this alert, in Operations Manager, do one or more of the following:


Product Name


Product Version

14.0 (Exchange 2010)

Event ID


Event Source


Alert Type


Rule Path

Microsoft Exchange Server/Exchange 2010/Common Components/Hub Transport and Edge Transport/Transport

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 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 problem, verify that the Receive connector and the remote client are configured to use a common authentication method by using the correct credentials and required certificates.

For more information, see the following topics:

  • Set-ReceiveConnector

  • Managing Connectors

For More Information

If you are not already doing so, consider running the Exchange tools created to help you analyze and troubleshoot your Exchange environment. These tools can help make sure that your configuration aligns with Microsoft best practices. They can also help you identify and resolve performance issues, improve mail flow, and better manage disaster recovery scenarios. To run these tools, go to the Toolbox node of the Exchange Management Console. To learn more about these tools, see Managing Tools in the Toolbox.