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Good day everyone, I hope everyone is well :)

 I am working on properly configuring an SBS 2k3 R2 based network at my  new job. This is my first experience with SBS and it has made it a bit challenging being that it was set up before I was employed here.

Here is a quick breakdown of the network:

DSL Modem - Netopia Modem
Firewall - Cisco Pix 501
Switch - Linksys SRW2024

SBS 2k3 R2 Server (1 NIC Card)
MDaemon Server Pro v9.5.6

We have 10 users and 1 network printer and the domain is not being used internally. I have 10 user CAL's and my objective is to get everyone on the domain and migrate to Exchange and retire the MDaemon Mail server.

The 10 user accounts have been created and I added my notebook to the domain and was able to get Outlook to see the Exchange, I am able to send mail to external addresses and to myself but I am not able to send to other internal users.

Is this as simple as adding the other users onto the domain? Will I then be able to send mail to them internally?

Any other help on migrating to Exchange, and ensuring that everything is configured properly would be heavily appreciated.

Best Regards,

Andres
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Is the SBS Server going to be a fresh install?
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rgraveley,

Thank you for the reply. SBS Server was already installed when I started work a couple of weeks ago, I am now going over everything to ensure it is good to go and now I want to start using Exchange and get rid of MDaemon. What do you feel my best approach to accomplish this is?

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So i'm guessing from your question that your remaining users and computer are not joined to the SBS domain and are just part of a work group. Is this correct?
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Yes as of right now, not everyone has been added to the domain.
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It might be easiest to do this.  Just a thought
1. create all of your users on the SBS server " which i believe you've done'
2. on their current workstation, archieve their email to a .pst file if it's not already.
3. join the users work station to the domain and log in to their "newly created user account"
4. Then import their .pst email file into their out look that is connected to exchange.

you mentioned earlier that the domain wasn't being used.  did that mean the server name is server.local?  If you company already has a domain name you may want look at making the machine server.domain.com
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rgravley first off you rock, and thanks for trying to help me!

1. all users are created in SBS server already
2. I have a .pst for each user on their local profiles
3. can do that
4. can do this too :)

My question is, how does not having everyone else on the domain yet give my domain account issues receiving mail from addresses external to our domain.

When I mentioned the domain isn't being used I meant that none of our users were on the domain and just working off of a work group and pulling email from MDaemon. We already have a domain and the config looks correct on the SBS install.

Once again thanks for your help :)
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No problem at all.  I'm not real familar with MDaemon so i have to ask another question, is it on a seperate system or is it on the SBS Server
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yes Mdaemon is on a completely different machine. I myself am not to familiar with it either, I see no need for it when we can run everything from exchange.
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another question.  the users on the Mdaemon system are their email address the same domain as you account on the exchange system?  for example your Exchange account let's say it is user@mydomain.com and when you try to send and email internallly is it to user2@mydomain.com?
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right now I still have the mdaemon server running, the exchange is set up to use the same domain.
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are the email address on the mdaemon server the same as the domain address you will use for the SBS exchange?
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well yes the email addresses are identical.
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here is what is probably happening.  When you use your exchange account to send to an internal user since the recipient has the same domain name then the SBS server is looking in Active Directory and if you have already set the users up with mail boxes on the SBS server the emails should be there on exchange.  If you don't have them setup for exchange mail boxes then i'm assuming you are getting bounce backs.

One way to check is just use web outlook on your SBS server and open up the recipient exchange mailbox and see if they are there.

There are a few more things you might want to check out. Only if your setup applies.
1. does your Mdaemon server get it's email directly from the internet?  if so then your ISP should have an MX record for mail that goes to your pubic external IP and is then sent straight to you Mdaemon server.  if this is correct make sure that when you change over your firewall sends mail to the new SBS server.  The easiest route would probably be to just change the SBS ip address to the Mdaemon.

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rgravley,

my MX record is handled at the domain regristrar and is forwarded to mail1.mydomain.com.

Unfortunately this was all set up before I arrived. Is it possible to reload SBS 2k3 or do you think it is even needed?

For some reason today I cant get the notebook that was working yesterday to properly connect to the exchange. I bring Outlook up and it tells me its disconnected, I cannot send or receive now. It was working yesterday, not sure what happened in between then and now.
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probably not.  Mail1.mydomain.com should just point to your external set of public ip address and then it is more than likley static mapped to your internal server address regardless of what the servername is.  even if it the SBS server is xyz.mydomain.com it should still get mail.  if you setup ssl for the SBS server you could make your cert mail1.mydomain.com and it should work fine.

If outlook is disconnected make sure your mail store is mounted.
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The mail store is mounted. Would a bad setting on one of my connectors cause the disconnection?
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depending on you version of outlook sometime you just have to tell it to connect online instead of offline
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no this is more than that.
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can you ping the server?
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yes sir.
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can you connect to outlook web access
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so I have the exchange up and I am now able to connect via outlook. I killed the profile on the client and rebuilt, it is now accessing the exchange.

I am able to send email to myself but no one else in the GAL. I can send email out to external email but cannot receive from external or internal.

I added an MX record mail2.mydomain.com and an A record with the external IP to my network. At the firewall I added translation from the external IP to the IP of the exchange.

Any pointers on how to move on from here?

The MDaemon is still running at the moment on mail1.mydomain.com. To effectively test the exchange before migration what should be my next steps?

Thanks again for all the help, you guys and experts-exchange are wonderful, I can't believe it took me this long to sign up!

~dre
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On exchange you have yourself and another user correct?  if you send a message to a user on the exchange system does make it?  you will probably have to use owa from your laptop to check it unless you have another pc connect to the sbs domain.
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Yes there are two users and still no go. If someone can outline the steps that need to be taken to start using Exchange it would be greatly appreciated. I believe I have followed everything correctly so I am at a loss.

I have read through about a million different articles, posts, and technical overviews on how to migrate from MDaemon to Exchange on an SBS2k3 environment with no resolve.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Andres
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