troubleshooting Question

using 1 domain name with 2 distant sites - exch 2003 & sbs2000

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We have a single domain name, and 2 distant sites. Currently, all e-mails are sent to a single IP address, ie site 1 server. E-mail is then forwarded to the second (site 2) site using a pop3 connection. Mail from site 2 to site 1, is returned in the same way. Site 1 using 2003 exchange server, site 2 SBS2000.
We have employees at both sites, and some work at both.
We have had recent problems with our site 1 server being unavailable, and of course this means that any mail due for site 2, was also undelivered.
My question is, can we use one domain name for 2 sites, and if so, how would the mail be sent / collected to both sites. (mail currently delivered directly to site 1 using SMTP). Would it be easier to have 2 domain names ( we would prefer to keep just the one).
We have had complaints that just because our site 1 server is down, site 2 is alos affected, can this be avoided?

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