How to properly setup domain for Exchange server?
Posted on 2009-04-22
Currently we are migrating from Server 2000 to Server 2008. Servers are migrated just need to demote the 2000 server. The DC run Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, File Sharing, and Print roles. We would like to setup an Exchange server running Exchange 2007.
Right now we have a local domain (ex. A.local) for the office. We do have a .com namespace which another company manages and owns the email and web server. There are a couple of employees who take their laptops home, vacation, meetings, etc. and use their e-mails outside the office. Recently, the mail server we use is blocking non office IP addresses.
If we were to setup Exchange 2007 into the local domain (A.local domain) would the employees have access to the email outside the office? (not connected to the local domain).
I thought of a situation which I need more clarification on. Lets say the Exchange server is on the A.local domain. One of our employees goes to a meeting and wants to access their e-mail. Since they are not connected to the local domain would they be able to receive and send e-mails if I setup Outlook outgoing and incoming mail servers to our IP given by the ISP? The ports on the firewall will be forwarded to the mail server.
Or, would it be a better practice to setup the exchange server on a our .com domain name (a.com)?