Is it neccesary to have exchange running on all the global catalog servers in order to use them as mail stores?
I am looking for a way to parcel out my mailboxes to servers near the users, however the hardware at the remote locations would be severely taxed by trying to run exchange not to mention the added costs would likely place me well out of budget. I do not want to have to use my vpn for all the clients to connect across the country using cached mode but this is my last resort option so any tips with that would be appreciated.
Oh and if anyone has a good idea of how to have a remote OSX user connect seamlessly to exchange2003 whether on or off the network. Microsoft says the rpc over ssl feature is only for outlook 2003 users. :(
Network: Pix's at each location with vpn between them. W2k3 SBS server running exchange and iis as the front end server running RPC proxy at corporate office. Win2k AD controllers at 4 remote locations running as GC's. Mixed 2000/xp clients. laptops all XP desktops will be moved over in time.