Preparing to set up Exchange on SBS 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Ronnie, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. Ronnie

    Ronnie Guest

    I am getting ready to install exchange on my company 2003 SBS. I know I just
    have to run the Connect to the internet Wizard to set internet and email.

    I already have a domain name registered, eg gs.co.uk. Email is currently
    delivered to users by . I want to have control of the email on
    our exchange server.

    Is there anything I need to check before setting up this email server?
    Do I simply just run the wizard and inform the wizard that gs.co.uk is to be
    used when it asks about “Create a new Web Server Certificateâ€, or does this
    question mean something else.

    The fact that the users already receive email such as
    indicates to me that there is already an MX record for the domain or maybe I
    am wrong.

    Also how will current email be transferred over to the new server?
    It looks like users require a password to access there current email from
    their IPS, so will I need these when setting up new email for users.

    I am just looking for a bit of clarification to ensure I get the transaction
    right.

    Thanks

    Ron
     
    Ronnie, Mar 13, 2005
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  2. Hi Ronnie,

    How is your email delivered now?

    If gs.co.uk mail is delivered to an ISPs mail server, then you need some
    changes to the MX record to reflect the fact you now want it delivered
    directly to your server instead. Typically, you'd contact your ISP or
    whomever is hosting your domain, and get them to make that change for you.
    It can take a few days for the record to become active, so you'd continue to
    use your existing method of mail reception, until there simply isn't any
    mail arriving by that method. (presumably, the retrieval method is via your
    ISPs pop server, either by the Exchange pop3 connector, or direct from your
    workstations.

    You need a fixed IP address (or dynamic DNS service) to host your own mail
    server.
     
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Mar 13, 2005
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  3. Ronnie

    Ronnie Guest

    Thanks Les

    The company is currently using Nat to provide IP address to their internal
    network. Users currently use this to connect to the internet and have their
    mail provided.
    Mail is delivered direct to the workstations at the moment. I haven’t
    installed the exchange server as yet as I am doing some pre-planning.

    As the company is using Nat then they must have a current IP Address. (or am
    I incorrect).

    If this is the case would I still need to inform ISP or whoever hosts the
    domain about this MX record change?

    Thanks

    Ronnie

     
    Ronnie, Mar 13, 2005
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  4. If you want to use SMTP to allow mail to be delivered directly to your
    Exchange from the internet (recommended), you need a 'fixed address' so that
    mail destined for your domain knows where you are.

    Is you public IP fixed, or dynamic?

    If it's dynamic, then you should call your ISP and enquire about a fixed IP,
    and find out whether they permit things like mail servers. Some ISPs will
    block certain things, unless you purchase a 'business' account. If you can't
    get a static IP, you could check out the dynamic dns services of
    organizations such as dyndns.

    One way or another, you must have an MX record that will enable your
    exchange server to be found on the internet for mail delivery.

    Note that you don't have to use SMTP, you can still set up exchange and use
    the pop3 connector. In this case, email is still delivered to your ISP, but
    the exchange server - rather than each client - picks up the mail from the
    pop accounts and places it in the users exchange mailbox. This isn't the
    best way, but that functionality is there if SMTP cannot work for you.

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    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP]
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    SBS Rocks !


     
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Mar 13, 2005
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  5. Ronnie

    Ronnie Guest

    Thanks Les

    I am a lot clearer as how to approach this. I will check out the ip address
    tomorrow.

    Ronnie

     
    Ronnie, Mar 13, 2005
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