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General Direction on implementation of Exchange for a very small business

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I am setting up a Windows based network for a small home office.  Currently I have a server running 2003 Server Standard for hosting a local only domain and would like to install Exchange Server on another server running 2003 Server Enterprise x64 (this is NOT a domain controller).  I have a static IP address and business class cable internet service.

Main goal: to get up to 5 Exchange users (email, contacts, calendar, tasks, etc.) accessable to my network of 10 workstations, several Windows Mobil 6 devices, and numerous laptops (outside the local area network).

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-Am I crazy for even attempting to use exchange 2007 x64 for such a small installation?  But will anything older connect to Mobil 6?
-I'm only running a local domain server, is this a problem?
-Do you know of any good step by step instructions on a simple Exchange installation and setup?
-Am I able to put SQL Server, Sharepoint Server, IIS, and a FTP Server on the same server as the Exchange?
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Why not use SBS?  It would provide basically everything you want at a cheap price
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I have a MSDN subscription so price isn't exactly the object here... but simplicity is!  so if you think i can get everything i need with SBS, cool.  but i would like to have the flexibility to grow this network if nessecary.  As a Visual Studio software engineer, Im always looking for new ways to automate interactions with remote custom programs. Perhaps with SQL, Email, FTP, or hosted services.  I've attached a pdf with more detail if you like... thanks!
Network-Setup-for-a-Very-Small-B.pdf
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In that case, I would use Windows Server with Exchange.  It will be a more flexible solution.

Running Exchange on a network with only one domain controller will work, but I would make sure I had a viable system state backup (and do a test restore do another machine away from the network at some stage).  Also, make sure you back up Exchange properly, including making a backup to PST using ExMerge in case the worst happens.  It isn't a good idea to run Exchange on a domain controller, so avoid promoting the new server unless it is absolutly unavoidable.

When you run the Exchange installer (at least on 2003, and I assume on 2007, although I haven't done an Exchange 2007 install before) it will give you a check list to run through.  Using this will ensure the server meets all the software component requirements.

This Technet article provides guidance on setting up Exchange 2007: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125169.aspx
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by:edspecht
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johnny, thanks for all ur input... I'm in the midst of a larger problem I created trying to get exchange up and running (if you have any insight on the new post i made, great!)  I'll get back to this very soon and award you the points.  Thanks again!
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