Remote domains tab in the exchange management console is one that most Exchange administrators skip or pay less attention to. I am not sure whether it is because they don’t know what is possible or are happy with the default values.
Remote domains tab in Exchange 2010 come with a default setting for all remote domains. And the default one is enough for most of the deployments. Some companies might have partners with whom they federate or may have another Exchange organization which they have recently acquired. Whatever be the case, there will be a compelling reason to have a different set of settings for that domain alone. That is where the remote domains tab become useful.
You can create additional remote domains (with the domain name, not *) and have a different set of settings. Maybe you want to allow automatic replies & forwards and want to have rich-text format for all emails with your partner company. I have done exactly that in my lab, a separate set of settings for theucguy.net
Right click in the console and select “New Remote Domain”, fill in the domain name and that’s all it takes to create it.
Once created, you can change the settings to suit your needs.
There is a tab to specify whether the domain is cloud based as well.