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    Hi Guys,

    This is my 1st post on this forum so hello to everyone and thanks in advance for any help you can give me

    My boss is expecting me to setup a exchange 2007 server with CRM and over the air push email all by friday knowing full well i have never done it before worse than that he doesnt want to spend any money to do it(we have the software)

    At present all we have is 1 public Ip adress which is on the public side of our netgear wirless router which can port forward, several domain names but none of which are used with our public IP..my questions are..

    Can we use a private IP for the server and port forward all email traffic to a 192.168.x.x?

    Can we then use push email and external OWA if we have a private IP address??

    The boss wants to use 1 server only which is 64bit but he wants to store all emails on our file server which is win 2003 32 bit..can you do this???

    And also like i said the we have 1 public IP we have brought off our ISP but he controls a number of domains which he has acess to the dns settings so what he wants to do is set up a mx for mail.example.com to point to our public IP which wil then port forward internally to OWA..can i do this or do i have to have 1 of the domains to be registered to the public IP address with our ISP??

    In a nutshell cani do exchange, CRM and Communicator all with just a IP on a router with no website just domain names hosted by other companys and port forward

    I hope this is semi clear as my brain is a tad fried but any help is very very much appreciated.
    Last edited by bkkperson; 25th October 2008, 12:27.

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    Re: Rookie needs urgent help with 1st time exchnage 2007 install

    Welcome, bkkperson
    Could you please edit your post to remove &nbsp & other html code bits?
    To deal with some of your questions

    1) You will need to create MX records for each domain pointing to your public IP address, and also enable forwarding of SMTP (port 25) from your router to the private IP of your exchange server

    2) Similarly you will need to forward HTTPS (Port 443) to your Exchange server for OWA & Outlook Anywhere to work. This will set up a publically visible website. You will need to buy a certificate from e.g. GoDaddy -- see other posts about that

    3) IIRC the Exchange Mailbox store must be on a local or SAN drive so it cannot be on another server. If this is for backup purposes, you could probably sort something out.

    In a nutshell, YES, you can, but given you have never done this before, I very strongly suggest you go back to your boss and tell him either you need time to do a test setup or you need to hire a consultant. AFAIK the only person who got things done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Rookie needs urgent help with 1st time exchnage 2007 install

      Hi ossian,

      Thanks for your reply i edited the post , sorry about that.

      In anwser i have the type of boss who doesnt take no for a anwser, to be honest he has given me this almost to fail on Friday so he can be one step closer to givin the 'bad apple' the chop so its a must that i do it!!!

      Just to ask about point 2 if i forward https taffic to the server what do i do for the address in a browser do i just put https 1.2.3.4 or would it put https : 1.2.3.4/owa or something else?
      and does this go in the client acess owa internal/external url??
      and finally i have tried to change the internal owa in the client access/owa/internal url but it doesnt work with the new url but still with the old one..is there something else i need to change..

      thanks for help this is helpin me to build up a picture

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        Re: Rookie needs urgent help with 1st time exchnage 2007 install

        I know that sort of boss well, and even if you do have to do the work, get your doubts down in writing so he can't turn around and blame you when it goes pearshaped!

        For the https traffic, it depends if you are inside or outside your LAN, and how your external DNS is set up:

        Inside: https://ExchangeServer/owa

        Outside: https://1.2.3.4/owa or https://mail.domain.com/owa
        (assuming you have a dns A record mapping mail.domain.com to 1.2.3.4)

        Sorry, I don't understand your "finally i have tried to change the internal owa in the client access/owa/internal url but it doesnt work with the new url but still with the old one" -- can you please explain a little more with some examples?

        btw, to help us, can you give a little description of the rest of the LAN -- number/type of DCs, other servers etc?
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
        IT Trainer / Consultant
        Ossian Ltd
        Scotland

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        • #5
          Re: Rookie needs urgent help with 1st time exchnage 2007 install

          Dont get me started on the idiot boss im still trying to work out what '30 calendar days(not work days) holidays means

          Okay i have a 32bit exchange set up on my laptop and i was trying to change the URL for internal OWA and wheni changed it from example.com/owa to owa.example.com it didnt work witg the new URL but still worked with the old but i guess thats the least of my problems..

          We only have 10 employees so the Lan is very easy just 1 DC that is being used for DHCP..we have a DNS but externall resolution is being forwarded to OPEN DNS and the users DG is the router and we have Symantec End point for all of the users..the main thing the DC is used for is storing my software!!

          its prettymuch up to me what happens with the servers so would it be easier to have a second domain or just a second DC?
          Would i be right in saying that the i just need 1 SSL for the FQDN that is on the server or the primary email domain name?

          Sorry about this i must be lookin a tad thick

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