Accessing email on a different server.

Posted on 2007-03-31
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I got two servers:

Server #1 = SBS 2003 with Exchange Server

Server #2 = SBS 2003 with L2TP VPN for users to connect

How do I connect both SBS together where people can access their e-mail on the Exchange server when they connect into the VPN server?

Question by:nakedconsulting
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redseatechnologies earned 125 total points
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You can't.

SBS cannot connect to other SBS servers or domains.

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You could get the users to check there e-mail via outlook web access, using remote web workplace or outlook via the internet.

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ID: 18828453
Depends on the level of access to the mail you want them to have.

- POP and SMTP from Outlook to the Exchange server would allow them get their Inbox and send/receive mail.
- Outlook Web Access would allow them pretty much full access to the Exchange server but it can be a bit cumbersome to use all day every day, especially using contacts!
- They could connect to the Exchange server using RPC over HTTPS with Basic Authentication (turn off NTLM!).  This would allow them full access to the Exchange server from Outlook, they'd just have to enter their username/password each time they open Outlook.  See for setup instructions.

You are aware that you're only supposed to have one SBS server though right?  This is the reason connecting the two is difficult/impossible and certainly not licensed by Microsoft.
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by:Chris Dent
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No comment has been added to this question in more than 21 days, so it is now classified as abandoned.

I will leave the following recommendation for this question in the Cleanup Zone:
ACCEPT: Zenith63 {18828453}

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This can't be done.  For it to work, you would need two SBS servers on the same network segment, and they will kill each other (literally).
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by:Chris Dent
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It's only the DHCP Service that will fight isn't it?

They clearly can't be part of the same domain, but I wasn't sure of anything else purely on a network level that would cause problems.

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SBS DHCP will shut down if it finds any other DHCP server, but if two SBS servers see each other, they die totally.

I don't have an SBS domain to break at the moment, but I am confident I am correct.  I might email Jeff to get him in here, it will probably be faster.

Oh, and sorry for being so disagreeable, you are the last person I want to argue with Chris, especially as you are doing the selfless job of CV.

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by:Chris Dent
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Don't worry Red, I'll happily admit my knowledge of the workings of SBS went by the wayside :)

Still, I'd like to get it somewhat accurate if it's a case of accepting something :)

If it won't work on the same physical infrastructure at all then I'll swap the recommended answers around.

If it can be made to work with a great deal of messing around and duplication of user accounts between systems and such then Zenith's is more appropriate (imo) as it touches on some of what's required.

It's just I was under the impression that it was possible to run two on the same physical infrastructure, as long as no attempt is made to join them together. In my experience the DHCP Service complains (endlessly), but leaves the server running.

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by:Chris Dent
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Thanks for that Jeff :)

No need to apologise for that though, I recognise that I'm not exactly authoritative on SBS :)

Changing recommendation as suggested in absence of any response from nakedconsulting.

ACCEPT: redseattechnologies {18828138}

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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No problem... as you might have noticed about me, I really have a problem with "Experts" who answer questions just to get the points.  But I think that some of that is caused by the person asking a question to find a quick-fix for a jam they've gotten themselves into and they are often happy to implement a "solution" even if it's totally not in their clients best interest.  

I'm not at all saying that is what nakedconsulting was trying to do here... because there's no way for us to know unless he responds.  I just bring that up because I see it happen too often, and even this morning I had to "scold" another member on this site for considering such an act so that he wouldn't look bad (even though he was responsible for the problem in the first place).  I finally convinced him that by doing so he would only look good for as long as the fix held, and it was very much like holding the server together with chewing gum... and that only holds forever on the bottom of classroom desks.


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