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Posted on 2006-11-04
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Hi,

I understand that I need a dedicated ip address for implementating Active Directory (AD) on one of our servers. For installing AD, we usually require to fill in domain name (e.g. abc.com).

I have some doubts when doing research on this...hope someone can answer the below questions as I am really confused right now.

Can I host my website (abc.com) on an outsourced web hosting company using their shared web hosting service?


Can I installed Microsoft Exchange on my own server to retrieve email (e.g info@abc.com)?
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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I don't know where you got your information from, but it sounds like whoever you spoke to either didn't know what they were talking about or left out some important details.

1. You DO NOT need a dedicated PUBLIC ip address UNLESS you want to host your own e-mail, web site(s), etc.  Your server needs to run TCP/IP, but that's the only requirement in terms of IP address.
2.  Yes, you need a DNS-style domain name.  Best practice is to name the domain something like "abc.local" - not "abc.com".  Some older mac clients can have problems with .local addresses, so I tend to recommend using abc.lcl  (drop the vowels)
3.  You use host as many web sites as you want with as many different domain names - or you can let someone else host it for you - because YOU are not going to use abc.com - you're going to use abc.lcl.
4.  Exchange can handle as many domain names as you want - I have about dozen handled by my exchange server.  You just have to include the domain name in the recipient policy and make sure the DNS records for your domain (MX records) point to your publicly accessible IP Address.
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thanks. you cleared my doubts.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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so why the B grade?  What more did you want?
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