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Hi Everyone,

I have an Exchange 2003 SP2 backend server, we currently use it for just internal mail, it has OWA enable but only for local LAN users. We have no front end servers.

We have just got hold of a load of HTC Desire smartphones and want to enable push email for them.

Do I need a front end server? one article I have read says direct push is enabled by default out of the box.
How do I publish my exchange server to the internet so that the devices can see it?  is it just a case of opening up port 80 and 443 for that server on the firewall?
also, if I do need a front end server, do I need 2 licences of exch 2003? I am running exch 2003 standard edition.

many thanks for any help you can give
cheers
Guy
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Do I need a Front End Server?  No.

For configuring your server, testing it works and if it isn't working properly, please have a read through my article:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/A_1798-Exchange-2003-Activesync-Connection-Problems-FAQ.html
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Thanks for the quick reply Alan.  I am just working through your steps now.
My exchange server ssl certificate has expired and is registered with a part of the company that no longer exists.

I am going to buy a new ssl cert and start afresh with our proper current company details, does this cert need to be internet accessible or can it be an intranet based one?

thanks
Guy
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If you buy an SSL certificate it has to be a Fully Qualified Domain Name - you don't get a choice.  It will need to be installed in IIS and thus needs to be Internet Accessible.

GoDaddy are about the cheapest place to buy an SSL certificate (or a GoDaddy Reseller Account), but think about how long you will be using Exchange 2003 for - if you are upgrading the server to 2007 / 2010 soon, then don't buy a 3 year certificate!

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Alan,

I am buying one from that link in your FAQ.  they say it can be internet accessible or internal.  I am just about to enter the common name and was just going to go with the netbios name of the server, but just wondered if the cert NEEDED to be internet accessible or not, currently we don't have any public internet presence, not even a simple www.???.co.uk

cheers
Guy
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Well to be honest - I've never used an internal name on a purchased certificate!

Do you have an IP address that points to your server?
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I have an internet accessible IP that is NATed to the server, yes
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I got an internet accessible certificate in the end and have installed it on my exchange server.

I cannot see anywhere where the certificate references my exchange server IP address, is this handled by a public DNS server somewhere?

sorry for the noob question, but publishing website/servers on the internet is something new for me :)
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If you ordered something like mail.domain.com as your cert name, then you need to configure an A record in your domains DNS Control Panel that point mail.domain.com to your Servers IP address.
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I thought as much, my domain is currently owned by another company who part owns us.  I am requesting a transfer now.  As soon as I get control of it, I can make the A record which should get me up and running I think.

cheers
Guy
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Okay - sounds good.  Here if you get stuck.

Alan
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I am still waiting on the domain transfer, but I think this will solve my problem, will close this question now.  many thanks for your help Alan
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