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  • Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

    Hi all,

    I am new to exchange server. Basically I have setup a homelab (local domain) to get hands-on experience with Exchange so I can move on my career.

    Basically I have a SBS2003 server, static IP provided by my ISP and a few VM client machines.

    I would like to be able to send/receive messages using either yahoo/gmail/hotmail accounts so I could get hands-on experience.

    I've read this and setup a SMTP <user>@gmail.com

    However the client does not download messages sent to <user>@gmail.com

    Help is appreciated

  • #2
    Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

    Exchange is only going to receive email for domains that you "own" and that have an MX record that points to your Exchange server. You need to register a public domain name (such as yourname.com) and create an MX record for it that points to your Exchange server. You'll also need to create an A record for the Exchange server as well.

    Your server is never going to receive email for anyone at gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc.

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    • #3
      Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

      Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
      Exchange is only going to receive email for domains that you "own" and that have an MX record that points to your Exchange server. You need to register a public domain name (such as yourname.com) and create an MX record for it that points to your Exchange server. You'll also need to create an A record for the Exchange server as well.

      Your server is never going to receive email for anyone at gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc.
      joe, thx...

      what would be the best option to simulate a "real world" scenario so I could learn/improve skills on exchange?

      Maybe forward messages received at @gmail account to a domain setup on dynDNS?

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      • #4
        Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

        Do you have a domain set up at DynDNS? If so, why not just create an A and MX record for your exchange server and use that domain.

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        • #5
          Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

          Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
          Your server is never going to receive email for anyone at gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc.
          He is using SBS. I'm pretty sure exchange for SBS is provided with a POP connector.
          http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885685
          http://www.certmag.com/articles/temp...?articleid=913
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          • #6
            Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

            Why don't you just buy a domain? $10 a year, less if you look around. http://DomainsForExchange.net/
            As already pointed out, trying to use Hotmail, Yahoo etc is not going to work as Exchange is not designed to work with those types of accounts.

            Simon.
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            • #7
              Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

              Originally posted by Dumber View Post
              He is using SBS. I'm pretty sure exchange for SBS is provided with a POP connector.
              http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885685
              http://www.certmag.com/articles/temp...?articleid=913
              Thx for the links. SBS does have POP connector...I just need to get hands-on experience with Exchange as I had not been invited for a few interviews due to the lack of expertise on Exch.

              I will check these settings and post back the outcome. Also self-studying to regain CCNA expired certification....live isn't easy...

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              • #8
                Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

                I don't want to be picky here - but SBS is not Exchange.
                It looks like Exchange, it behaves like Exchange from a user's point of view, but the way that you manage it is totally different from full product. SBS is designed to work on the wizards, and if you try and configure it manually as if it is full product then you will break it.
                The POP3 connector is also not in the full product - if you want to learn about Exchange then you need to learn about SMTP delivery.

                From a professional point of view, playing with SBS/Exchange at home isn't really going to help you with getting job interviews other than being able to say that you have exposure to the product. What you do at home is very different to what users get up to with the product.

                I still get refused job interviews, despite being an Exchange MVP, because the largest Exchange site I have managed myself is 250 users. Apparently I don't have enough Enterprise experience.

                Simon.
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                • #9
                  Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

                  Hi Simon,

                  Thanks for your last post. In the company I work for they outsource the email system and I do the boring user administration using a 3rd party tool provided by the supplier. Therefore I do not even have access to system manager to do the boring stuff. I, at least, need to be able to say that I have some administration (no in-depth) exp. with Exch. to get the chance to go for jobs interviews (2nd/3rd line)

                  Considering what you have said, I may pay for a domain, install full exchange on a member server at the homelab and get into SMTP.

                  Could you suggest anything???

                  Many thanks for the replies

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                  • #10
                    Re: Home exchange server + gmail/yahoo accounts

                    I don't know what else you want me to suggest.
                    If you want to provide some fall back then you should be looking at learning Powershell and scripting as that is what Exchange 2007 is based on and will be used in future Microsoft products.

                    Simon.
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                    Simon Butler
                    Exchange MVP

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