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Scenario for email notification for Backup Exec & AntiVirus using excahnge 2003

My company has about 100 customers that have a server that we need to make sure there backup is successful and antivirus is properly working. Without much of a budget for this project, I decided to look at Exchange 2003 that is supplied in our action pack subscription for this project. I thought I would create each customer an account in my little email domain and have them email to another email account in the same email domain, that mail box would be monitored. Each customers would have no reason to access their coresponding mail box since these would applications sending the email for a failed backup or a detected virus. Would I need a CAL for each customer? If so is there another option?
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SembeeCommented:
From the sounds of this, I wouldn't bother with the complication of Exchange. Use the built in POP3/SMTP service with Windows 2003. If you just want to send a message, you don't even need the POP3 side, just the SMTP. The server can then send it to the client.

Simon.
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Walls24Author Commented:
Don't most email servers validate the email address or do most email servers validate the email domain? This server will not be a member of the corporate domain, it will be a single AD\Exchange domain.
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AmitspeedstarCommented:

if u r selecting the option " Perform reverse DNS lookup on incoming messages " on advanced button in delivery tab of ur smtp virtual server , then the mail server will validate mail domain of the incoming mails .


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SembeeCommented:
Validating the email address exists is something that lots of people would like to do, but is unpractical. Spammers would love to validate email addresses - it will make their job so much easier.

Most remote servers will validate that the domain the message is coming from exists, and that the server SMTP banner is correct and reverse DNS is in place.

Those actions don't require Exchange. A simple POP3/SMTP server will do the job just as well. Exchange is a beast of an application and for what you have outlined in your original question a massive overkill.

Simon.
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Walls24Author Commented:
I understand the point of simplicity, one of the reasons I was chosing exchange was the group mail box capability. for the staff to look and remove the emails of failed backups and so on. What about the CALS? I will probably go with the smt\pop 2003 server but still curios about the CALS.
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SembeeCommented:
If you deploy an Exchange based solution you will need CALs for Windows and CALs for Exchange.
If you deploy something using the built in service, then you just need CALs for Windows.

How about another option.

Windows 2003 Web Edition and a third party tool. Something like SmarterMail or one of the other low end email servers would be fine. Get something that supports IMAP so that multiple connections can be made. No CALs required.

Simon.
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Walls24Author Commented:
I thought anything IIS related did not require CALS! (Except Exchange)
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Walls24Author Commented:
I am sorry I didn't read your post completly.
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SembeeCommented:
If they are accessing the server then you need CALs. The only exception to that is the web edition of Windows. If you have Exchange then you must have Windows CALs as well as Exchange CALs.

However, when it comes to licensing, you must follow my three rules of software licensing...

1. Get at least three opinions on what is correct. One of those must be from Microsoft.
2. Get them in writing.
3. Which ever is the most expensive option, will be the correct option.

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