Exchange 2000 server, smtp and local email

Posted on 2007-03-18
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
I have an SBS 2000 server with Exchange 2000 server on it.
It has the domain name

I have moved our DNS mail to point to an external provider and that works well.

The goal is to shut down the Exchange server at some point and mail would be sent thru our isp's smtp.

However I cannot sent local emails out to the external smtp. They get snagged by the server and outinto the default mailbox for the recipient.  How do i stop them being caught.

I want to sent from me ( to and it ends up in the respective popboxe at our isp.

Question by:brettw72
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Expert Comment

ID: 18752391
The only reliable way is to remove Exchange. While you have Outlook connected to Exchange then Outlook will use Exchange for email and attempt to resolve the email messages.


Author Comment

ID: 18753753
Sembree, are there services i can stop or shutdown the exchange server.

Removing exchange would not be my prefered option.

I have tried shutting down any service with exchange in the title and the smtp service but still the emails get snagged.

The reason i'm doing this it for email access on laptops when away from office. And i do not wish to allow remote access into the email system, as many other services/files reside on the same server. Besides its SBS 2000 and I believe its 2003 that can only do that.
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Expert Comment

ID: 18760853
If you stop services all that will happen is email will queue. Exchange will still try to handle the messages.

Remote access to the server before Exchange 2003 was usually achieved by a VPN connection. I would certainly prefer to live with a VPN for remote users than take the backwards step of going to a POP3 service.

Although the solution I would recommend is to upgrade to SBS 2003 so that you can use the latest remote access features, including the preferred method for Outlook of RPC over HTTPS.


Author Comment

ID: 18791294
Hi Sembree.

I dont seem to see any options in Add/Remove Programs for Exchange.

Am I being a little simplistic?

While this is probably additional I'll just say FYI: I am the sole admin at work, budgets are cut and as it is, everything sits on our old server: domain controller, exchange, ISA, file server, FTP, Web, tape backup. All against recommendations of MS I believe. We run GFI for spam and Nod32 for virus. Our server absolutely gets hammered by spam.  We don't have any UPS. Things are a mess. Windows servers are not my strong point, and in the interim I have decided to move our file server/backup to a redhat machine, and the web server to redhat/apache. Mail is currently handed to an external pop3 host.
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Sembee earned 500 total points
ID: 18791943
Exchange is probably wrapped up inside the SBS installation and you will need to run that to get to the Exchange part. I haven't got access to an SBS 2000 machine to check.

It doesn't surprise me that the machine is being hammered. If the machine is SBS 2000 then it is probably at least four years old. Exchange 2000 is unable to defend itself against some of the common spam attacks NDR spam, directory harvest etc.
However your ISP is not always the best place for email. I have seen what many ISPs do for email, and when you realise what they do, you will never trust them with the email ever again.

At some point you have to say enough. I have just spec'd a server for a client to run SBS and the total cost of the machine from Dell is coming in at less than UK£1000, including the SBS license. That provides two large hard disks etc. If you look around at reconditioned or outlet store kit then you can save even more money.


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