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    running Exchange Server

    can someone here help me setup/configure exchange server? I really have no idea but interested in doing so on my dedicated server.

    I just want to know how to say, setup email accounts/web access.

    Right now, just installed WS2003 EE R2 with updates and installing other things too like SQL Server 2005/AV/ISA Server

    I take it I need to make the machine into a domain?

    I have 2 IP Addresses assigned to me. and I have 2 domains, so I'm thinking about configuring each domain for an IP Address.

    I would ideally like to have email addresses for both domains but going to test it on 1 domain first before proceeding onwards.

    It would be appreciated if someone could just jot down on how to go about setting up Exchange, how to configure it...and pretty much it. I will be using Exchange 2003 Enterprise


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    I am also interested in setting up an exchange server on my box with win2k3. Anyone got any helpful howtos?

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    Anyone ? without copy and paste others ... :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by firehawk1010 View Post
    It would be appreciated if someone could just jot down on how to go about setting up Exchange, how to configure it...and pretty much it. I will be using Exchange 2003 Enterprise
    It's significantly more involved than someone just "jotting down" how to setup Exchange. Exchange folks get paid good money for implementing and maintaining Exchange environments. Exchange hosting business get even more money for offering that as a managed service.

    My advise to you, hire someone who can assist you and you can learn from.

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    You're going to need to install Active Directory first. And you shouldnt have Active Directory and Exchange on the same box.

    If you're using someone like Softlayer or another company which provides a multihomed setup then you'll need to get every box to ensure that they communication with the AD Controller on the private NIC.

    How many boxes do you have? And are they multi homed?
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    Setting up and running exchange is not a simple process, it involves alot of planning, and once its up maintenance and troubleshooting. If you don't know what your doing your best of getting someone to do it for you, its very easy to make mistakes that you don't notice initially but that can cause big problems down the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firehawk1010 View Post
    It would be appreciated if someone could just jot down on how to go about setting up Exchange, how to configure it...and pretty much it. I will be using Exchange 2003 Enterprise
    You will need to spend a lot of time reading before attempting an E2K3 install.

    You may want to hit articles here as well.

    As anyone who admins Exchange will tell you, it's a massive and daunting subject to get your head around, even for someone who is experienced with Windows server admin.

    I believe SBS 2003 is designed to support running Exchange 2003 and AD on the same server but in every other kind of AD implementation you should not run E2K3 on the same server as the domain controller.

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    The way i learn exchange (still a noobie) is just to play with it. Get a .info domain point the MX records to the server and play with it. Sooner or later you will get it to work, not to much as for getting it up and running.
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    Hi,

    Setting up Exchange is easy, but the main thing involved in planning. The setup is all wizard driven and if you have the basic idea about domains, active directory, dns, etc. then this is not as complicated as you may feel. Planning the setup is the most important part followed by the maintenance aspects of it.

    If you are new to all this, I would suggest you hire someone technical who can set this up for you and maintain the server for you.

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    firehawk1010:

    If you are not fully committed to Exchange check out Zimbra Collaboration Suite. We've implemented it internally, for our hosting customers and to our small business clients on our on-site tech support side. It has LDAP support, a far superior web interface, supports Blackberry and ActiveSync and offers support for lots of mail clients. Oh and you can try it out for free - there's an open source fork.

    www.zimbra.com

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