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i have recently been given an old company email server to do some learning/testing with. I have never setup exchange from a fresh install and would appreciate some pointers if possible.

the first thing i would like to do is be able to use my own domain, both the ".com" and ".co.uk" and I was wondering what I would need to do to get started, I assume its linked to making changes to the domain MX records some how?

I also have a block of IP addresses with my home broadband (1 network, 1 router 1 broadcast,  5 ipaddresses) is it possible to use this for any setup configurations?
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An MX record is a DNS record that defines where to deliver email to for a domain.

If you can put your test server on your home network with a static IP address, you can create an MX record for your particular domain that points to that IP.  

Emails for that domain will then get forwarded to that particular IP.  You would then have to make sure your mail server can accept emails for that domain.
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so I could just change the mx records with my domain name registrar to point to my home IP address for both .com and .co.uk ?  is it really that simple to get it up and running?

are there any good alternatives to MS exchange out there that could seriously be considered?
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If the exchange server is already configured to receive emails for those domains, then yes, it's that simple.  Just make sure the IP you setup the MX record for is reachable, i.e. you don't have any firewalls or routers that would prevent the traffic from getting there.

I'm not familiar with any of the other products such as Lotus Notes or any Linux type server.

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at present the server is configured for different domains, but im not sure if its worth me just scrapping all of the configurations and then doing it all from scratch?
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You could add additional domains to it.

The domain you are going to redirect to your home network isn't a production domain right?  It's just for testing, correct?
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well it will be eventually, i could set up one of them for testing, or I could even use one of the free dyndns addresses until im convinced everything is working correctly.

for me its more important to learn and know whats going on with the basics for setting an exchange server up, ive always found myself going into a company where someone has already configured the dns and mx records so i dont know if there are any additional security precautions that i need to be aware of first?

at present  its on my own home network so its not a major issue but i do have a router with a firewall and DOS defence enabled, which services and ports will need to be opened/secured?
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Email flow uses SMTP, which is port 25.  Make sure you are allowing that inbound to your mail server, and outbound from your mail server.  If you are running NAT inside your network, make sure requests for the public IP of the MX record are getting routed to your servers internal address.
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