Solved

exchange 2000 setup with new mx records

Posted on 2008-10-02
11
215 Views
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
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?
0
Comment
Question by:therob1
  • 5
  • 3
11 Comments
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
robrandon earned 500 total points
ID: 22626347
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:therob1
ID: 22628140
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?
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:robrandon
ID: 22632860
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.

0
 

Author Comment

by:therob1
ID: 22635462
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?
0
Why do Marketing keep bothering you?

Is your marketing department constantly asking for new email signature updates? Are they requesting a different design for every department? Do they need yet another banner added? Don’t let it get you down! There is an easy way to manage all of these requests...

 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:robrandon
ID: 22635486
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?
0
 

Author Comment

by:therob1
ID: 22635778
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?
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:robrandon
ID: 22648866
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.
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:robrandon
ID: 22648878
0

Featured Post

How to run any project with ease

Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
- Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
- View and edit from mobile/offline
- Cut down on emails

Join & Write a Comment

Resolve DNS query failed errors for Exchange
Resolve Outlook connectivity issues after moving mailbox to new Exchange 2016 server
In this video we show how to create a Resource Mailbox in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: Navigate to the Recipients >> Resources tab.: "Recipients" is our default selection …
To add imagery to an HTML email signature, you have two options available to you. You can either add a logo/image by embedding it directly into the signature or hosting it externally and linking to it. The vast majority of email clients display l…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

20 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now