external hosting to internal exchange

I currently use a mail hosting provider but have purchased my own server as well as MS exchange 6.5 and have loaded everything successfully and feel that I have put the correct security precautions in place.  I would like to now move all my e-mails from my hosting provider to my exchange server.  Then I would like to have all my e-mails come to my own server versus my hosting provider.  I have made PST files for all my accounts, so if I lose my data all is not lost.  I have never done that before.  Does anyone have some best practices and procedures that can help me with this move?  Possibly point me in the right direction.  I would like to get it right the first time so I come to the exchange experts.  Thanks in advance!!
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SembeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can run Exchange through a dynamic IP address, but you will have to route all email out through your ISPs SMTP Server.
This is my guide: http://www.amset.info/exchange/dynamicip.asp

As for getting the email out of the host, that depends on whether the host is cooperative or not. To run exmerge on the source you need to have access to the server - which you do not. Therefore the host would need to run the process.
The other option is to manually export to a PST file on Outlook. Once you have the email in a PST file (remember that PST files should not go above 2gb, so use multiple PST files if required to ensure that there is no data loss), import it either though Outlook or using exmerge.

Ahmed Abdel SalamConnect With a Mentor Ph.D. CandidateCommented:
yu can use exmerge to import pst files to users mailboxs.
nitadminConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi pcmngr,

Yes, thats sounds great. To migrate your emails from PST file to Exchange you can use either Exmerge tool that comes with Exchange 2003 or you can always use the import feature of Outlook 2000/2003 to import emails stored in a pst file to your exchange mailbox, once you have your outlook client configured to connect to exchange.


pcmngrAuthor Commented:
I am sorry, I need to clarify a few items.  I want to have my server now act as my exchange server and not my paid provider.  So I will be hosting my own e-mails and looking to get a direction to the best way to do this.  One more significant item that I forgot to mention, my current ISP does not have static capabilities without paying a arm and a leg.  So would like to use some kind of dynamic DNS if that is possible.  Looking to get some ideas to how I can do both of these items.  Thanks!!
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