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    Hi all, new here.

    I work for a small company, 3 employees including myself, maybe expanding soon though.

    Up until recently we have been having our email hosted by demon.net using pop3, even though we own the domain 'qservices.co.uk' we use for it.

    We have just got a new server in the office that I've installed windows server standard 2003 on, we have exchange 2007 and would like to use this for our emails.

    I understand that we need to change the MX records to point to our NAT router and then use that to forward port 25 traffic to our windows 2003 server.

    What I don't understand is where to even begin with the 2003 server/exchange 2007 combination.

    Time for ze questions -

    Do I need to setup IIS to be a email server 1st? Or does installing Exchange 2007 replace the need to do that?

    Does anyone know of a guide specifically for 1st timers like me who want to do 'exactly' what I need Tried its not my friend in this case.

  • #2
    Re: Where to start.

    Exchange 2007 uses its' own SMTP engine so you don't need to worry about that part of IIS. Also is your 2003 server x64 as it will need to be to run 2007 and usually it is best practice to keep 2007 on a separate box.

    Can you give us any information about your current setup? Do you have any current servers? You may find Microsoft SBS a better start from a cost and managment perspective if you have only 3 employees and need Exchange etc.
    cheers
    Andy

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    • #3
      Re: Where to start.

      We don't have any other servers in the office apart from this one I'm trying to setup, its running the 64bit version of 2003 standard, we just have a lan with a few pc's connected to a modem/router.

      The only other server we have is a dedicated server off site that we use for hosting websites, thats running 2003 web edition.

      My bosses main concern is cost, and we already have licenses for 2003 server and exchange 2007, so thats what were going with, I've been told

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      • #4
        Re: Where to start.

        OK fair enough. I don't know if your 2003 box is running AD yet so follow this if it isn't:
        http://www.petri.com/how_to_install_...ndows_2003.htm

        this for exchange
        http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...EXCHG.80).aspx

        post install
        http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...EXCHG.80).aspx

        You are correct about the port 25 but wait until you have everything setup and you k now your exchange is accepting email before you switch over. DNS replication takes a few hours externally so is best done over the weekend when, generally, companies get less emails.
        cheers
        Andy

        Please read this before you post:


        Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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        • #5
          Re: Where to start.

          Why didn't you purchase SBS?
          The full product is way overkill for your needs for three users, and I certainly wouldn't recommend that someone new try and configure it on their own. Exchange requires AD, which introduces additional complexities. An SBS Server would step you through it.
          If you want to stick with Exchange 2007 my personal opinion is to get a consultant in to assist you. Reading about it will only get you so far. I have lost count the number of servers I have been asked to look at that haven't been configured correctly and I have ended up cleaning up the mess. That may seem harsh, but I now say - would you allow someone unqualified to do your accounts?

          Simon.
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          • #6
            Re: Where to start.

            Thats a great help thanks, I think this will probably result in some email loss, but if my boss wants me to do it when I've no previous experience of it, then thats the price he pays Nothing comes cheap in the long run.

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            • #7
              Re: Where to start.

              Just found we have a license for SBS 2003 R2 premium edition, may go with that.

              Thanks for the advice

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              • #8
                Re: Where to start.

                If you have an SBS license then I would go with that.
                Install the server, then follow the process exactly. Install the latest updates, including Windows 2003 SP2, Exchange 2003 SP2 etc.
                When finished use the wizards to configure the server. DO not attempt to configure it manually. Use the wizards. New user creation - wizard. Adding machines to the domain - wizard.

                Simon.
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                Simon Butler
                Exchange MVP

                Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
                More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
                Exchange Resources List: http://exbpa.com/
                In the UK? Hire me: http://www.sembee.co.uk/

                Sembee is a registered trademark, used here with permission.

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