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email redirection to SBS 2003 exchange and Web

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I have set up an SBS 2003 server with exchange activated. I have also registered a new domain name. I was hoping I can use the SBS server for hosting rather than paying for a Domain hosting serveice then having to redirect the MX record to my exchange server.
Can any one tell me how I can do this. Mainly for email hosting to begin with but I would like to have webhsting later on also.
Im guessung its not as simple as to point te Domain NS1 record to the IP of the SBS 2003 box?
I am hoping to have this working by the end of the weekend. With thanks
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Well, redirecting the NS1 /might/ work, but then what do you do with NS2?  They are supposed to be two different servers, and they really should be offsite.

I would suggest using a free DNS service like www.zoneedit.com .  Then, just create your MX record, and the A records that you need.
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I would strongly advise against trying to host your own DNS, and also against hosting your own web site. If you have signed up with a provider that charges for both, then find another provider. There is no reason to pay for DNS hosting and web hosting can be picked up for a few dollars a year. An SBS Server does not make a good web host for a public web site and for the security of your network you really should not be encouraging anonymous public traffic to your server.

Plus, unless you have a very expensive fast connection to the internet, a web site you host will be very slow. You might have an 8mb DSL connection or whatever, but upload will be awful - 256k if you are lucky.

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That was one of the reasons I gave up on NTL broadband - download speed was okay, but upload was utterly, utterly useless.

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ok thanks guys. The way I understand it is that web hosting is not suggested. Point taken.
What about email hosting. NS1 I can put my IP address but NS2 I have used DYNdns I think its called with a backup MX service.. dont know if that will work as a secondary NS2. Wouild I be better off just doing it the way I normally do - having it hosted by my domain hosts and redirecting MX traffic to my IP adddress?

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I was hoping to get a bit more creative  but it appears not this time :)
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All of this depends on how important your web and mail are.  It could be anywhere between 'Doing it for the fun of it', and 'Mission critical'.  There's nothing theoretically wrong with pointing NS1 at your server, or hosting your own web site, provided you are well away from the 'Mission critical' end.  I would still recommend having NS1 offsite, though, since it needn't cost you anything.
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You don't have to host your own name servers to have email coming directly to you.
All you need to do is create a new host in your domain pointing to the static IP address and then change the MX record. No change to the name servers at all.

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Thanks Simon, you talked me out of doing this. I have used what I normaly do with dyndns and set up a backup MX and using my domain hosting providers to suply an MX redirection. thoguht it would be safer this way.
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