I'm an IT consultant who is looking to add a Windows 2003 Small Business Server / Exchange 2003 feather to my cap.
I have a client who is now using this sytem, and I need to familiarise myself with it so that I can provide ongoing support to his small business (11 seats).
I have my own peer to peer XP Pro based network of 4 pc's in my offices, and I've purchased SBS 2003 with it in mind to setup a server and domain etc to replace my workgroup based network. I like the idea of Outlook Web Access, contacts, central email message store and an online diary.
My server is up and running, but I'm struggling a little with my email. I currently pay a provider to host my domain and provide a catchall pop3 email box. I use VPOP3 on my existing network to download and route email from the catchall mailbox appropriately. I configure vpop3 to leave copies on the mail server & remove messages after 5 days. I need this because I also have a Blackberry mobile phone which receives my email. It is essential that I have access to this email throughout the day on my mobile device, as I am always on clients sites, not usually sat in my offices.
There doesn't appear (from my admittedly limited knowledge) anyway to configure the pop3 connector in sbs2003 to leave messages on the server, so that my Blackberry gets a chance to download them also. I have been playing with setting up vpop3 on the exchange server so that it can download my pop3 email and then LAN forward to exchange. vpop3 recommends editing etc/services to change smtp from port 25 to port 1025 (because both services cannot bind to the same port), but i can't get the smtp service on sbs2003 to start if i do this. Maybe i am just doing it wrong ... not sure.
I'm familiar with vpop3 and have a 10 user license which is why I have been dabbling with it. I'm open to suggestions to use any other product somebody may recommend, just so long as it works :)
I have considered ditching my pop3 email, getting a fixed ip address for my server and registering mail.mycompany.co.uk with nominet and accepting a direct smtp feed. I'm assuming this is how you go about it. Problem is, I still need the email to go to my blackberry. Perhaps i can set up some kind of forwarding of the smtp mail to a pop3 box which my blackberry monitors? Maybe exchange server has a built-in method for throwing the mail out to my blackberry?
I'm just looking for any suggestions you experts might be able to make as to a viable solution for handling my email. The only criteria is that exchange must be able to pickup the mail, and so must my blackberry.
Suggestions please. Would love discussions with experts who have faced a similar problem and found a solution :)