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Is there a way to re-direct individual email accounts to a different email server without redirecting the entire MX record? It has been suggested to me that this is possible, but for the life of me I don't see how or where a person could do this.

for example redirect joe@foo.com to go to mail server b instead of mail server a even though the mx record for foo.com is pointing to mail server a

If you are wondering why I would want to do this, I am trying to learn and evaluate exchange server and would like to move a few address to a test exchange server instead of having them go to our current 3rd party hosted server.
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Alan Hardisty earned 2000 total points
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No - all mail destined for a domain will be sent to the primary MX record by default.

The primary mail server can be configured to send that mail elsewhere, but that's all that can be done.
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by:mattolan
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how would one configure the primary mail server to send this mail elsewhere?  By forwarding the email to a different email address? or is there another way?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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What version of Exchange do you have?  The answer will be dependent on the version.
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I don't currently have exchange, its a hosted email service through Telus
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Okay - then with a hosted service - you will have extreme difficulty I would imagine.

Can you configure the server as you like, or is that not possible?

Are you able to create external contacts on the server?
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by:mattolan
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no, its limited with what I can do,
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Okay - if it is limited - then you can't do much about it.

If you had your own server - you can do all sorts, but as it stands, there is nothing much you can do other than create a mail enabled contact (using an external email address) on the server and forward the mail to the contact.

If you can't create a contact, then there is nothing you can do for this.

What are you trying to ultimately achieve?  There might be an alternative way to achieve this.
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by:mattolan
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That is what I had though. Although it had been implied to myself by our a sales person trying to sell us exchange that you could somehow re-point individual email address instead of an entire MX record, even though I couldn't see how this would work

Ultimately I am trying to get our company onto an exchange server, However I am new to exchange so I would like to forward a few of our existing accounts like my own, to a test exchange server I am setting up to teach myself exchange.

I am thinking the best way to do this for testing would be to create a new MX record on a second domain we own but are not using for email. then I could use this domain for my testing and could forward the email accounts I want to use for testing on the current domain name to new email address's on the second domain name
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Well - you can re-point email addresses to another server, but you need full control of that server to be able to do that, so in your situation, that's not possible, but if the server is in your control, then it would be possible.

I would also setup your second domain name / MX record and point that to your Exchange server (in house) and use that for testing purposes, then when you are ready, you can configure your main domain and move away from the hosting company.

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Thanks for the Help, I think thats what I will do
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Thanks
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You are welcome.  Hope it goes well.
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