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We are having endless problems with downloading of pop3 accounts, through a windows 2003 sbs server

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I have several workstations that connect to the internet through a DSL Router which is connected to a Windows Small Business Server 2003, their e-mail accounts are pop3 accounts which are hosted by another external service provider, which they access directly from their workstations, The e-mail is NOT downloaded by the internal server, their workstation connects to the external pop3 account directly and downloads to the workstation. But we are having problems with the workstations trying to connect to the pop3 server, its intermittant and the downloads happen in patches, as if the network is too busy to download e-mails at certain times. Any suggestions, does SBS2003 limit the throughput of Data to the workstations, They are a print company and they often have large e-mails waiting to be downloaded. ISP can offer no assistance...
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duzbin
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theShaoCommented:
SBS doesn't limit throughput to clients - is the server configured with 2 network cards, one for the internal pc network and one for the internet connected to the router? Are they seeing slow download speeds in Outlook, or does it disconnect with an error? If you set up the account in Outlook Express on the server (start --> run --> msimn), does mail download consistently there?
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duzbinAuthor Commented:
Will check it and try, yes I am using 2 network cards. Most of the time outlook throws out an error or it sends / receives with no errors, but doesnt actually download any e-mail when there clearly is e-mail in the account. (I can see by login into the account online),thanks  advance
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duzbinAuthor Commented:
Do you think one of the Network Adapters is faulty, the e-mail downloading is intermittant. one day it works, the next day it doesnt? Surely if one of the network adapters were faulty it would continously not work? can I somehow get the workstations to connect to the Internet directly through the router by bypassing the server to see if the server is causing the problem?
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