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Hi,

I'm making this a 500 point question because I want to ask a few easy questions all related to each other.

I have a pre-installed copy of server 2003, its for a small business (<10 users), its has an 80gb disk which is currently partitioned:-
C:\ 10gb system
D:\ 70gb data

I'd like to run a mail server from it and be able to roll out software like Office.

First question, what would the most suitable partitioning system be? in the past I done the following:-
-system 5gb
-AD Database 1gb
-AD Logs 1gb
-Software installs 5gb
-Home & Profiles 10gb
-data 20gb
-unallocated 38gb
However this has been on Windows 2000, and without exchange.

Second, Initially I was told we had small business server 2003, which as I understand has exchange built in.  I'd like to run a mail server, and when I click 'configure my server' I can install a 'mail server (pop3, smtp) module, what are the differences between that and Exchange?, do they both involve MX records pointing at my private ip?

If I do system properties it say 'Microsoft Server 2003 Standard Edition', thats not small buisness server is it?  would I be better off with SBS 2003?
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Well partitioning is definitely a personal thing no matter what anybody says. However why limit yourself to and possibly get yourself in a situation that may require readjusting the partitions down the line. I would recommend no more than two partitions. Why do you think you need so many partitions which actually waste space? One partition for the OS and one for everything else.
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'Microsoft Server 2003 Standard Edition' is not SBS...  this is the plain-Jane standard edition and does not come with Exchange built in...  But the W2K3 products do come with the POP and SMTP servers that can be installed with IIS.  But realize that these do not come with the functionality of Exchange.  They just send and receive mail and are used in circumstances where Exchange is not necessary.  That being said, I have used the SMTP IIS server for relaying my mail, but do not use the POP installation...

I would assume you need the versatility of Exchange, and will need to install it if you are hosting your own mail, so expect to spend a little money on this.  And since you will be using W2K3 Standard, you may want to install Exchange on another server.

Regarding your partitions, I wholeheartedly agree with CO in this matter...  I think your original scheme is a little too complicated and wastes space.  2 or 3 partitions (or volumes) should be sufficient..  I do hope though, that you are using a RAID 5 array for safety...

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by:robomonkey
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Well all I need to do really is send and recieve messages, does this version store the messages on the server or locally on the PC's?

And does it work by retreiving mail from an internet mail box?, say an account with an ISP?
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It all depends on how you want to set it up and your question started out about partitioning and then the added question about a mail server so please clarify what is the main issue here.
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by:robomonkey
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I said in the original post that I needed to ask a couple of questions regarding a simple install
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To tell you the truth EE really doesn't like users asking more than one question at a time. Both of your questions are some what desperate so please let us know which one you would like us to focus one.
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Well I'd like the focus to be the mail question please
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You may want to read through this blog..   entitled " How are you using the Windows 2003 POP3 Server? "

You will find many comments ranging from good to bad, and the experiences that these admins have had with this connector..   Again, since I do not use it, I am hesitant to advise you on this..

http://blogs.msdn.com/dlemson/archive/2004/01/29/64835.aspx

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FA thanks for your help with this I'll read up on the blog tonight.  One of the things I want to do is share calenders, I assume I'd need exchange to do this.
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Correct..  that is one of the funtions you loose with the POP3 connector in IIS (I believe, at least)..  :)

That along with Global Address books, etc...

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Thanks for the help guys
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Thank you too...

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:)
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