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Help setting up the exchange server on an SBS 2003 from Dell

I have a Dell server with windows 2003 SBS, which includes exchange server. Its in a small office with 8 users, but we want to get email working on it.

We have cable internet for businesses, but no static IP address.

So, im wondering, what is the procedure for getting this exchange server up and running? Do I have to hire a seperate web hosting company or something to host the DNS name? Any unusual instructions for the Wizard I should know about? Any risks of ruining the server I should be wary of before starting?

Thanks a lot!
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jkowan11
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Since it's Cable you may have to use a DNS service, but many are free, such as www.zoneedit.com.  Please see this overview of how to set up email and what all you need to gather and configure...

http://sbsurl.com/pop2smtp

Jeff
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mickinoz2005Commented:
If you have only 8 users would you not consider using a catch all pop mailbox, where by you would setup yourdomain.com with an ISP and they would give you a username and password for your domain mailbox. That way all mail goes to that mailbox and you collect every 15 - 30 mins.

You collect mail in one go for the whole 8 people or how many mailboxes you setup and then exchange sorts it out and sends it on to the users.

Then for outgoing you just setup a smart host in exchange and let your isp do your dns lookups. You can setup the smart host bit by running the internet mail wizard. Open system manager in exchange very first item on the top left right click and you will see the option.

or run the configure internet and email wizard in sbs server management.
Michael

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mickinoz2005Commented:
By the way by using this method it makes no odds that you don't have a static ip as you are collecting mail rather than getting it delivered.

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I don't know how anyone can live with 15 minute delays for E-mail... but I guess some still can!

Many of my clients are smaller than 10 people in the office and they ALL use SMTP mail configured for Exchange.  It's much more manageable than POP3 and certainly more secure.

Jeff
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mickinoz2005Commented:
We have many clients who use pop3 without any problems, it is a cheap solution to setting up mail well it is in Ireland and for small  clients they don't care about the 15min wait as most would not be in that much of a hurry, plus you can actually shorten that 15mins down as I read in another EE question.

and you don't need a static which is another reason it is handy.

Michael
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
You don't need a static IP to host your own email.  http://msmvps.com/blogs/javier/archive/2004/10/25/16621.aspx

Jeff
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jkowan11Author Commented:
Looks like I have a project ahead of me then, thanks a lot for the help guys!
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