MS Exchange & Remote Hosted Mail. Best Configuration.
Posted on 2009-12-19
What is the best setup to use for providing us with email, we currently use personal online mail services such as Yahoo and Gmai in our small ( 5 staff) company.
Now we are in the process of getting website and email hosting setup with a hosting company, and in parallel, we are also installing a new File Server locally with MS Windows Server 2008 and MS Exchange 2007.
When I did this before iIn the old days, in the previous place that I worked, where we had MS Exchange version 5.5, we had the hosting company setup a single mail box on their remote hosted mail server. The mail box name was the same name as our registered company domain name. Then we would configure a POP connector within our MS Exchange to POP down the mail from the hosting company. Then the local MS exchange would interrogate the header information of each individual email,a and send it out to the appropriate Pc/MS Outlook/End User. I liked this configuration but have been told by a semi technical person that their is no POP connector in the 2007 version of MS exchange, it has been done away with, that it now uses some sort of forwarding from the hosting company, that we would need to buy a third party connector if we wished to do it that how.
I do not necessarily want to do this using an out of date type method such as I describe in my previous company. What I want to do is to do it the best and correct way that would serve us well in the years to come. Its a simple setup. Only 5 end users, and pretty much a green field site as we never had a server or MS Exchange here before and a remote hosting company, we will also be discontinuing our old personal email accounts and instead having accounts such as Joe@MyCompanyDomainName.com
Thanks for any well thought out advice.