How to connect to exchange server with outlook 2003?

I set up exchange server on sbs 2003 r2, i used my name (client computer name) for testing before doing it to other computers on the network. i am the administator to the laptop.  i click on send/receive in outlook 2003 and i get the error message :
"Task 'Microsoft Exchange Server' reported error (ox8004011D) : ' The server is not available.  Contact your administrator if this condition persists."  Forgot to mention when i click on the send/receive button the status from the two taks are "Mecirosft Exchange server" -Sending, the status is completed.
then on the second task below the first it says(this is where the erro comes in" Microsoft Exchange server' that is where i get the error mesage mentioned above.  I am new to networking.
Please advise what i am doing incorrectly to get my emails from my host server.  i am now using squirrel mail to view my emails i prefer to do it with outlook and exchange server.  
Is there a difference if not using Exchange Server?  
Is Exchange Server to monitor the flow of emails and to keep copies in my server?
j_ramesesInfo Sys MngrAsked:
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bhnmiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
An MX record is what tells server trying to send you mail where to send it. You configure this with your DNS host, usually who ever host your website and email currently. Also you need to have DNS configured internally on your SBS server, you need to have all machines on your LAN need to use the SBS server as the DNS server.
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bhnmiCommented:
Sounds like you may have DNS issues internally.  Also, have you already created a MX record for you mail host?
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j_ramesesInfo Sys MngrAuthor Commented:
How do i resolve the DNS issues?
and how do i create an MX record?
WHat is a MX record?
thanx
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j_ramesesInfo Sys MngrAuthor Commented:
bhnmi,
can you provide me with detailed iinstructions on how to do this.
i am new to this game.
my inlaws hire me to be the network administrator since i am going to school for that field.
thanx
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bhnmiCommented:
Let me see if I can find some detailed documentation for you.
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j_ramesesInfo Sys MngrAuthor Commented:
Sembee, that was me, i accidently hit the submit button twice.
the first time i hit it the page forze so i hit the go back button and hit went forward and clicked the submit button.
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