best way of setting up an exchange server

Hi,
I currently have a local file server which also has the AD setup and manages several local machines and one VPN connection.

The local domain is setup a  generic internal domain name SPSERV.serv

The company has three domain names with several mailboxes on each.. Most if not all of the mailboxes are related to the same staff member

ie. staffmember1@domain1.com
also has staffmember1@domain2.com and domain3.com etc

These are standard POP3 boxes, managed by a remote dedicated server we use for our website setup..

From all of this I'm trying to find the best way of setting up an exchange server to cope with the mailboxes and local setup etc...

What is the best way of running things and also the best work method I should employ.

(In case you can't guess from my question style above - I'm pretty basic in my knowledge of server setup and am largely guided by Microsoft server wizards etc...

Thanks for any help anyone can offer..






mtm81Asked:
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GMorineauConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Setup a exchange server is not so dificult, but many points must be observed:

1) how many users do you have in you network
2) how much space you will use if you move all mailbox from computers to server

Exchange 2003 use space for storage, memory to work and processor (less). Your server is able to suport this service? If yes, ok... you must have at least 10Gb free in your C: to use default instalation.
After that you will move your storage files, it not dificult.

Install Exchange 2003 SP2, run MBSA and Exchange Best Pratice Analyzer
(http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=DBAB201F-4BEE-4943-AC22-E2DDBD258DF3&displaylang=en)

Exclude all exchange folders from your antivirus scan. It´s very important!

After that you run exchange wizard to create your mail domains and move users mailboxes.
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mtm81Author Commented:
ok thank you for your answer..

just to follow that up.. based on my existing setup - would exchange server allow several domains added to it?
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GMorineauConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Exchange could handle with "N" mail domains, all will be linked to Active Directory.
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mtm81Author Commented:
what are "N" mail domains??
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GMorineauCommented:
I have some customers with more than 30 mails domains.
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