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Hi All

I have an exchange organisation with two 2k3 servers neither of which are frontend servers.  I need to get direct push mail setup so i need to either nominate or setup a frontend server as activesync will not work if SSL and mailbox reside on same server.  I know of a "fix" for this but I do not want to fudge it.  Server one and two sit inside a firewall and one has an SMTP connector for external mail and there are a number of users that use RPC over HTTPS to retrieve mail.  My options as I see them are as follows:

Setup a new server as a frontend server but then I will have to migrate SSL, SMTP, change firewall and DNS.
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Migrate mailboxes off of server one and designate it as frontend server.

I don't want to setup another server but I am wooried that if I migrate mailboxes from server one to server two users who use RPC over HTTPS will not be able to retrieve mail and they are overseas so getting them to bring their machine into the office to setup outlook again is not an option.

Anyone have any suggestions for a seamless and easy setup :)

Mucho Thanks in advance
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If you have two Exchange servers at the moment, and have users accessing the server by RPC over HTTPS, then you must have both servers exposed to the internet. If so, why complicate matters?

The issue isn't with SSL being enabled on the server, it is forms based authentication. The fix from Microsoft is supported and has been deployed many times.

However, if you do decide to switch one of the servers to frontend and move the mailbox, then you shouldn't have any issues with the remote users whose mailboxes reside on the server being made a frontend.
They will connect to their current server, which will redirect their mailbox part to the new location automatically. The HTTPS section in Outlook will not change.
Although I do recommend that when a second server is introduced that a frontend server is introduced at the same time. It makes managing a multiple server deployment much easier.

If you have planned your DNS and SSL configuration correctly, and used generic names instead of the real names of the servers, then changes such as this can be made almost transparently to the user community.

Simon.
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