SBS/Exchange 2003: All users want same email address

I have a customer who wants the outgoing email address for all users to be the same, and it is not the address of their domain, it is a pre-existing email address at their ISP.

Right now, we use the POP connector to pickup email sent to this addy and send it to everyone, but the problem I am having is getting the outbound email address on all user's email to be the same. If I set the POP account to be the default on everyone's Outlook, it only lasts until their next login... then the Exchange account becomes their default. I tried adding a recipient policy with the addy we wanted and making it default, but it added a suffix to the outbound email addy  { for example) as Exchange can't seem to handle more than one person having the same email address in an organization.

The easy way would be to just remove Exchange... but that brings more issues and then they would not have the ability to receive emails individually (which seems to be more of an issue for me right now than them; they all want to receive all emails).

Any ideas?


Server: SBS 2003; Workstations: XP Pro, Outlook 2003; < 5 users
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when they send an e-mail ... there is a button called accounts next to the send button.... this will give the option of which account to send through.
It is a couple more clickes than usual but once the users are told they usually don't mind the extra clicks....
GearyTechAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your replies.

Mircotech: Clicking on the accounts button for each message is not an option (for every message they have to send).

IvaSoft: The link you provided describes my problem exactly, however, I'm looking for a native solution... with the power of Exchange, I can't believe I have to buy an add-in to do this. We were able to do this with Mdaemon quite easily before upgrading to SBS2003.

So, still looking for an answer...
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I think you are on the right track by setting POP account as default. Your obstacle is how to keep the POP as default after logoff and login.

Take a look on this post, it seems to be a login script that is changing the default account to Exchange everytime.
in reference to...."Just a question... (cause I'm having the exact same problem) - is the login script you are speaking of SBS_LOGIN_SCRIPT.BAT which is a single line entry which calls a setup.exe?

If so, what did you do, delete the script? Did anything else stop working? Thanks... if you post your response in the following link, I can at least give you an assist."

yes. i simply deleted that line in that script....i use that batch file to run other jobs but deleting that line kept the mail account from defaulting back to the exchange account. that script is used for running client setup apps from the app management in SBS2003. in order to add an app like outlook2003 to a client machine from the server you assign that app to a particular client and after next logon, that app will install as long as that batch file runs with the original line in place. i saved the line in another file just in case i needed it later.

hope that helps
GearyTechAuthor Commented:
Ok, I'm going to accept based on that... but... I want to client setup to run anyways... so I will play with unassigning Outlook to each computer's profile as well to see if that works... at least I have a solution now.

Mehrdadalaei, thanks for the confirmation, and Robinluo, thanks for the lead.
GearyTechAuthor Commented:

Thank you for the quick response. Your points are in the following question:

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