Exchange Server and Hosting Company

I would like to setup a Microsoft Exchange server so that I can use all of the features for Sharing Outlook Calendars, folders, and so on.  IMost importantly I would like all of the outlook data files to be stored on the server rather than on the workstaions so that they can be accessed through any computer running outlook and also be able to access outlook webmail.  

My question is, can I still use my POP3 e-mail accounts through my current hosting company and then have them download to the exchange server and then to the workstations or do I have to host the e-mail accounts directly off my own server?
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
You can use something like a POP3 connector to download mail from a POP mailbox and put it on the server - but this is only a temporary measure until you can get the server handling the mail directly.

http://www.christensen-software.com/popcon.htm

-red
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SembeeCommented:
You can use a POP3 connector, but it isn't advisable.
POP3 connectors in general are garbage. I haven't seen one yet I would recommend to anyone. If you have a permanent connection to the internet your best option is to get your email delivered by SMTP straight to your server. That is how Exchange is designed to work.

Simon.
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JHOGAuthor Commented:
Great, thank you for the responses.  I highly apologize for not responding sooner.  For some reason I did not get any e-mails to let me know that someone commented.

If using a POP3 connector is not the best solution then how do I get the e-mail to go straight to my server if the domain is already setup with my host provider?
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
You change the MX records to point directly to your mail server and have mail delivered directly.  POP3 connectors are not designed as a primary delivery mechanism.

-red
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JHOGAuthor Commented:
Sorry to be so stupid about this but where do I change these MX records at.  Do I still have to keep my current host provider?  When I do change the MX records to point to my mail server then how do I know the the address of my mail server?
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
Review this guide from Sembee -> http://www.amset.info/exchange/dnsconfig.asp

You will need a host record for your exchange server, pointing to your external IP address.  MX records for your domain pointing at that host (your host provider should do this).  You firewall allowing port 25 to go to the Exchange server.

Where you are up to in that list, I am not sure.

-red
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JHOGAuthor Commented:
Thank you, that explained it quite well.  
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