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    Hi all i have a question for whoever can help. I have looked at a few posts but none that dealt with my situation.

    I have a SBS2003 running exchange 2003.

    AD has one domain (e.g domain1)

    What i would like to do is host clients domains.

    Can i setup additional domains in AD so they do not combine with the main domain. I want to be able to setup multiple domains and when i create users in that domain they will create email accounts for that related domain.

    E.g: i want to host the domain called (domain2)

    This is what i would like to do:
    Create new AD domain to setup users to collect mail for domain2.com

    I know i have to create a new recipient policy in exchange.

    I tried to create a new user and setup [email protected] but could not as it does not give me the option to create users for a completely different domain.
    As i have a user called [email protected] it wont let me create another user with the same name!!

    I hope i have explained myself correctly.

    Appreciate your help.

  • #2
    Re: Multi Domain Hosting

    A Windows DC can only be a DC for one AD domain.

    A network with an SBS server can only have DCs for one AD domain.

    However, you can configure Exchange to recieve email for multiple domain names. the first Google result is an article on the Microsoft KB describing how to do exactly that.

    In addition, you already asked how to do this on September 17th.
    Last edited by gforceindustries; 16th October 2008, 13:20.
    Gareth Howells

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    • #3
      Re: Multi Domain Hosting

      Thanks for reply.

      So what setup would allow me to do what i need?

      What OS etc

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      • #4
        Re: Multi Domain Hosting

        SBS 2003 is perfectly adequate. If you bother to read the article provided by Microsoft you will see exactly what is required. It is literally a 5 minute job to configure Exchange to accept mail for multiple domains.

        Naturally you will have to add MX records for each domain to point to the SBS server.
        Gareth Howells

        BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

        Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

        Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

        "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

        "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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        • #5
          Re: Multi Domain Hosting

          I know how to configure exchange to receive emails for muliple domains thank!

          As i clearly stated in my first post!

          What i was asking and clearly i need to make myself very clear for you is what setup do i need in order to host multi AD domains?

          In any case dont worry about it, thanks for your rather blunt responses.

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          • #6
            Re: Multi Domain Hosting

            While you can do this technically, legally you cannot.
            To host Exchange for other companies you have to use a different form of licensing. SBS cannot be licensed in that format - only the full product.
            Furthermore, Microsoft will not support hosted environments unless you have a full support contract with them. You cannot phone up and get support.

            Furthermore Address List segregation, which is where you restrict what can be seen by users (so they only see their own company) is not supported on Exchange 2003 unless you have used Microsoft's hosting solution.

            You really need to do a lot more investigation in to hosting. It seems easy on the surface, but underneath it is a complex way of working with Exchange and Microsoft only support it in certain scenarios.

            SBS is a poor choice for it as well, as you are limited on size of the store, number of users etc.

            Simon.
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            • #7
              Re: Multi Domain Hosting

              Sembee, finally someone who knows what they are talking about.

              Thanks very much for your reply and i will look into it further as you suggested.

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              • #8
                Re: Multi Domain Hosting

                Hello,
                You want a hosting setup that you can create users with different domain names in single domain i-e

                [email protected]
                [email protected]

                the step need to do download ADSIEdit tool its free after that you need to create DN suniffix in domain controller or either in other way you can do it either from active directory domain and computer snap in.

                after that you can see multiple domain name while you have only one domain in your network and you can create users on multiple domain while logically only domain exists.

                now if you want to to send emails and login users in owa with different domain controller you must be very good in grop policies and if you need help in exchnage server hosting drop me an email at [email protected] i will guide you in appropriate way.

                regards,

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                • #9
                  Re: Multi Domain Hosting

                  If only it was that easy... there is so much more to hosting multiple domains. As for suggesting a hack around in adsiedit, that isn't required either.

                  Simon.
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