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Hosting email in house - 5.May2008 7:08:15 AM   
Adan

 

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I have a running Exchange server 2003, we are at this moment using a pop connector to retrieve external email. Can someone guide me on the process to setup the exchange to retrieve email in house?. I know that I need to create an MX record. The current domain is XYZdomain.local and the email domain server is XYZ.com. Do I need to change the local domain name to XYZ.com?.

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RE: Hosting email in house - 5.May2008 3:41:15 PM   
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Nope, you don't need to change the local domain name.

Simply ask your ISP to create an MX record for you, point it to an address on your firewall and then open port 25 on your firewall and point it to your Exchange Front End Server or alternative server you are using for SMTP mail.

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RE: Hosting email in house - 5.May2008 8:55:48 PM   
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Do I need to make any changes to start receiving emails?. How can I test it before I request the MX change?. I want to make sure everything works before I do that. I know MX transfer take up to 48 hours.

Thank you again.

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RE: Hosting email in house - 6.May2008 4:44:13 AM   
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Normally when you make this kind of change you want to do it on a Friday night, since as you know it gives plenty of time for the DNS change to filter through over the weekend. This should also give you enough time for testing.

Another alternative would be to register an additional domain name and use it to test everything works. Wouldn't cost you much and marketing are normally asking for these sorts of things anyway.

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RE: Hosting email in house - 6.May2008 3:37:47 PM   
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I think you are trying to over complicate this a little.
If you already have a solution to get email in to Exchange (a POP3 connector) then leave that in place.
Change the MX records to point to a host that resolves to your external IP address. While the change is propagating email will either come in via SMTP OR will come in via the POP3 connector that is collecting email from the ISP.

In practise, while everyone says 48 hours to propagate, unless your domain name management provide is very slow, the change is usually live within a few minutes. The 48 hour window is to catch anyone who is caching the DNS information.

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RE: Hosting email in house - 6.May2008 5:49:54 PM   
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We use a software add-on called "eXchange POP3" and it works great.

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