Inherited: 2 Sites - 1 Domain - 2 SBS's - intersite email?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by David Elders, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. David Elders

    David Elders Guest

    Hi all,

    Strange one here and looking for a little advice. We're in the process of
    inheriting the following logistical set-up:

    Site A - SBS 2003 Premium - 14 users - main office
    Site B - SBS 2000 - 3 users - branch office
    Single email domain of companyname.com
    Currently using POP3 mail at both sites

    Obviously, despite being able to send mail inter-site currently they have
    numerous problems with things like bounce mails and multiple copies of mails
    sent to multiple users in multiple sites. We're looking to move the client
    onto SMTP at Site A as the primary part of resolving their email issues.
    Users at Site B don't need access to the network at Site A, apart from very
    infrequent file access [which they can use VPN for]. Ditto for Site A to
    Site B.

    We're looking for the best options regarding how to simplify the overall
    email set-up side of things here. Site A will move to SMTP mail - no problem
    with that as such. We were thinking about either having the clients at Site
    B ditch their SBS box there and connect to newly created user accounts at
    Site A using Outlook over HTTP or having the SBS 2000 box there download
    mail from their boxes via POP3 to Site B, but both has its potential
    glitches and drawbacks.

    We also came across this MS document:
    XIMS: How to Configure a Single Domain with Connected Sites via IMS
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196927/en-us

    Is this potentially the best answer to our requirements?

    Thanks in advance for any advice on this one. Further down the line we'll
    likely move Site B to having a W2K3 Server thats a member of the Site A
    network and doing some form of nightly synching of stuff but that's for
    further down the line really at this stage.

    Thanks,



    David
     
    David Elders, Apr 27, 2006
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  2. I'm not sure if this answers your question or not (becasue I think there is
    more than one) ...

    You can 'round robin' email delivery by sharing the companyname.com email
    domain between servers, but ensuring that only one server is authoratative
    for the domain. You can also do things with smtp connectors to route mail
    for specific users to specific servers.

    I know this can be done, as I've successfully implemented it - but it was a
    proof of concept implementation that never went into production so I haven't
    got it to refer to anymore. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding the
    documentation you need in a kb search.

    But with only 3 users at the one location, I'd probably not bother, just
    leave exchange be with a minimal configuration and switch the users to
    rpc/http and connect to to the 'main' Exchange.

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    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Apr 27, 2006
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  3. David Elders

    David Elders Guest

    I'm kinda leaning towards that option to be honest. In effect just bypassing
    Exchange on the SBS 2000 box entirely by setting the clients to use Outlook
    over HTTP to the SBS 2003 Site... that way the SBS 2000 box would become in
    effect just a file/print server for the time being which is fine.

    D




     
    David Elders, Apr 27, 2006
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  4. David Elders

    David Elders Guest

    Plus this way they get some of the benefits of the SBS 2003 'experience'
    [like better OWA and RWW - albeit to Site A] and all the company's email
    gets backed up in one place...

    D



     
    David Elders, Apr 27, 2006
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  5. Depending on what those 3 users are up to, I'd be tempted to explore the
    possibility of re-deploying their SBS to head office as a TS, and their
    entire work desktop experience would be the TS. The savings in maintenance
    and support for the remote users would be what would interest me - no
    applications to support at the remote end.

    --
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP]
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    SBS Rocks !
    ----------------------
    "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll
    understand." - Confucius


     
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Apr 27, 2006
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