Proper DNS setup for Exchange 2003
Posted on 2007-11-28
Ok here is the setup. I have a Windows 2003 Server (Standard Edition Service Pack 2) that I'd like to set up for external company mail. Its hosted at a dedicated hosting company on a 100mbit connection with an external IP. We have our company domain name at godaddy.com.
I've gone through a little train signal course about installing exchange (including the DNS and Active directory prereqs) but the course wanted me to name everything like companyname.local instead of company name.com. This seemed to work.. sorta but certain email providers kick back our emails when they do whatever sort of verification they do. Kicks back a message like so:
did not reach the following recipient(s):
firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 19 Nov 2007 03:58:57 -0000
There was a SMTP communication problem with the recipient's email
server. Please contact your system administrator.
<wdc211.mycompany.local #5.5.0 smtp;550-Verification failed for
So I want to start from scratch and do this right. Before I even bother setting up Active directory how do I properly configure DNS for companyname.com rather than companyname.local. Step by step as if I just installed a fresh copy of win2k3 would be prefered. For now Im just asking for the steps up through the DNS portion, not the active directory install or the exchange install. I know 500 points isnt enough to cover all of that.
For those wishing to rack up a lot of points helping a single person Im going to be posting questions each step of the way till this thing is fully set up with working pop3 support and maybe even RCP over HTTPS so if your my guy to walk me through the whole thing let me know :)
BTW we will be using Exchange 2003 Enterprise and installing Exchange's Service Pack 2