[hobbit] Service SMTP on xxxxxx is not OK : Unexpected servic e response

White, Bruce bewhite at fellowes.com
Thu Jun 26 00:06:29 CEST 2008

We had a similar problem with our exchange server until I changed the
bb-services file to be:
   send "helo\r\nquit\r\n"
   expect "220"
   options banner
   port 25
Now the exchange response to smtp is much more stable, but my linux sendmail
servers complain more often.   I guess I need to make a smtpex with the
above and restore the original smtp definition, which seemed to work better
with Linux.   Why can't MS just do things to standards?

From: Geoff Hallford [mailto:geoff.hallford at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:53 AM
To: hobbit at hswn.dk
Subject: Re: [hobbit] Service smtp on xxxxxx is not OK : Unexpected service
I have also seen this happen when the response is slow from the mail server
to show the 220 message. It does show it but is slow for some reason. I
create a new service called smtp-slow by adding the following and then
configure the bb-hosts entry with 'smtp-slow' instead of smtp. Just a
This way it doesn't require a 220 response but if it gets a valid
"connection" it is okay. If it can't open a connection, it goes red. It does
limit the amount of app validation but it is the only thing that worked in
my case.
   send "mail\r\nquit\r\n"
   options banner
   port 25
On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 12:31 PM, Andrew Clarke <andrew at bccit.co.uk
<mailto:andrew at bccit.co.uk> > wrote:
As it happens, there are PIXs between the hobbit server & all the
Exchange servers. However, they've all been there for ages (years in
some cases).

I'll have a chat with our resident Cisco guru & see if he made any
changes at our end around 6th June, when things stopped working.

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-----Original Message-----

From: Rob MacGregor [mailto:rob.macgregor at gmail.com
<mailto:rob.macgregor at gmail.com> ]

You wouldn't happen to have a Cisco PIX/ASA between the hobbit host and
the mail server, with it configured to do "fixup"?  Those are known for
breaking things ;)
Rob MacGregor

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