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Installing a Second Exchange Server

Posted on 2006-07-12
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Hi guys,

I need some suggestions or recommendations on installing a second exchange server. Currently, I have Exchange 2k3 server running with over 300 users at our community college. At the moment the exchange server is only for faculty and staff of the college.   We want to offer email to students of the college. There are couple options I am going through, 1)add student email accounts with the existing server or 2) install a second exchange server for just the students. I'm leaning towards the latter option because of security reasons. I dont want to put the students account on the same server as faculty and staff. Do you guys have any suggestions or recommendations on how to approach this? What are my options and best solutions? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
ian
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by:Sembee
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Do the students really need all of the features of Exchange?
If not, then I would just find something with a nice web frontend and use that instead. It will be much cheaper than Exchange.
Another option would be to outsource it.

Otherwise I wouldn't dream of mixing the students with the staff. I would build a completely separate domain and Exchange org, so that it can be secured, plus any student who attempts to hack it, doesn't get access to any of the teacher information.

Simon.
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by:bilbus
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This will be VERY costly

I would not use exchange for this, may want to use another product
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by:sirfatal
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Sembee,

No, the students does not need all the features of Exchange. I just need them to check their emails.  I was thinking something like IMail to use for student accounts. Do you have any other 3rd party software to suggest?
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I would start looking around at the POP3 email servers and see which one has the best webmail interface. That is how the users are going to be accessing it most.

I have two sites with SmarterMail which has been quite impressive.

Simon.
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