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Mav -> Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 5:29:00 PM)

Hello,

I am having problems setting up Exchange 2000 to be our SMTP server. I have tried following the tutorials that I have found online but I am still confused.

I have read that I need to have a domain name registered and that I need to use that same domain name for my email address. What about the domain name that the server has? Does it need to be the same? I have also read that I need to enter the IP address of a Public DNS server to resolve names...is this something that I will be given to me from my ISP? Other than editing the recipient policy, these are the only things I have found that require any changes on my end. Is there anything else that I am not aware of that will keep me from having Exchange run correctly? I am aware of the A records and MX records but according to my ISP I just need to tell them the IP address that I want them to change my MX record to.

Thank you to all for any help you can provide as I am very confused and very green. Two things that you don't want to be in this situation. Thanks again.

Mav




jokan -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 6:46:00 PM)

The domain name and computer name does not have to be the same. Yes your ISP can provide you with the proper DNS information.

Dont forget to secure your exchange server and set it up where it isnt an open relay.




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 7:05:00 PM)

Thanks John. Do you know of some resources I could use to help me out with securing the server? Like I said...I'm about as green as they come. Thanks.

Mav




jokan -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 8:21:00 PM)

Relay and Spam Related

Security

Microsoft Security Recommendations

I dont particularly care for GFI but it works ok, I dont use it anymore.

I would strongly recommend an Anti-virus product to scan email either at the gateway or on the Exchange server itself.

Do you plan on deploying your mail server behind a firewall?

[ August 18, 2003, 08:30 PM: Message edited by: John Anderson ]




Henrik Walther -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 8:23:00 PM)

Hello Mav,

A default Exchange 2000 installation is actually quite secure...

As long as you don't create any SMTP connectors nor do any changes in Relay restriction under Protocols -> Default SMTP Virtual Server your Exchange server won't be a open relay.

Open relay issues was something you had to deal with doing Exchange 5.5 installations.

Hope this answers your question [Big Grin]

Regards




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 8:33:00 PM)

Our server is behind a router, if that counts. We do have an anti-virus solution running but all Exchange has been running is internal email and our external mail has been handles by our ISP. Once I get Exchange running all our mail I will be installing an anti-virus solution to cover all aspects.

I will take a look at the links you sent. Thanks again.

Mav




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 8:37:00 PM)

Hi Henrik. Thanks for the reply. I was not planning to play with those settings so I guess I would be safe from that. I am getting most of my tutorials from here. The one that I am using to setup our server is the Hosting Your Own SMTP Mail Using Exchange 2000 by Mark Fugatt. It seems very straight forward which makes me happy and worried at the same time if you know what I mean. It seems so easy that I feel like I am missing something. Thanks again for the help!

Mav




Henrik Walther -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 9:25:00 PM)

You shouldn't be worried [Big Grin]

For small streamlined and non-complex environments Exchange is straight forward...

Regards




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 9:28:00 PM)

That is good to hear Henrik. I may just hold you to that. [Big Grin] Thanks for the help.

Mav




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (18.Aug.2003 9:36:00 PM)

Henrik, if I follow that article and get my ISP to redirect my MX record should I encounter any problems with sending and/or receiving email? Other than tweaking, if needed, is there anything else I need to do?

Mav




mfugatt -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (19.Aug.2003 3:52:00 AM)

You should have no problems at all if you follow the article [Wink]




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (19.Aug.2003 3:51:00 PM)

Well of course you would say that Mark. [Big Grin] I will give it a whirl and see what happens.

Thanks for all the help folks.




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (19.Aug.2003 4:19:00 PM)

One other thing. I have read that it can take up to 72 hours for the DNS to propagate. During this time will I stop receiving email or will it just slowly migrate from the old address to the new address? That is, less and less will arrive from the old and more and more will arrive on the new. Thanks




Henrik Walther -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (19.Aug.2003 6:34:00 PM)

Hello again Mav,

When your ISP says that, they mean the DNS zone reload (MX change) will happen immediately at some point within those 72 hours.

Regards




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (19.Aug.2003 7:27:00 PM)

Hi Henrik,

So does that mean that I will not get email until the change takes place?

Thanks.




Henrik Walther -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (19.Aug.2003 9:19:00 PM)

Yes that's what it means... [Roll Eyes]




Mav -> RE: Newbie needs help setting up Exchange 2000 (19.Aug.2003 11:17:00 PM)

Ok. Thanks.




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