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New Exchange installation - 11.Dec.2008 12:00:11 AM   
pvaidy

 

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I'm in the process of designing & installing the exchange server for our group of companies. We need to have one Exchange server providing Exchange service for around 5 domains & further needs to add few more domains in the future.
I've gone thru the following article by Amit Zinman. It was really helping
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Shared_Hosting_Exchange_2003_Part1.html

But I need clarification on one point.
If my group is called XYZ.com & the member companies are a.com, b.com...., then how should I name the active directory domain. Should I name it as XYZ.com or XYZ.farm. In this case I need to provide exchange services for all domains including XYZ.com.

I'm planning to user Exchange server 2003 on Windows 2003 server, since the later version are pretty new.
Any help/advice would be greatful.
Thanks
Vaidy
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RE: New Exchange installation - 11.Dec.2008 6:25:37 AM   
pjhutch

 

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You can name the Windows domain to almost anything. If its not being used it can be XYZ.local, XYZ.com, XYZ.org, XYZ.co.uk etc although if DNS is accessible from internet then it has to conform to internet name convention. .local is different as it not a true internet name and is for local access only.
The company dns names can be completely different from the Windows domain name as email domains are configured in Exchange and not on the DCs, you just need DNS entries for them via your ISP.

See http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Shared_Hosting_Exchange_2003_Part1.html
for more info on shared hosting.


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