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Implementing Exchange on SBS 2003

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I have a Domain run by SBS 2003 that has been running fine.  I have been utilizing a 3rd party for email (AT&T w/pop3).  I would like to switch to hosting my own email with Exchange.  I have a test domain that I would like to implement this on but do not know the first steps in getting started.  I  have established an ip address/registered domain name but, again, do not know what to do with it.

My goal here is to be able to get the test domain up and running properly (Exchange) then when I feel comfortable with it, switch my live domain to Exchange.  

I've searched for step-by-step instructions but cannot find anybody that can tell me from the standpoint of "already running SBS 2003 but not Exchange".  Can anybody help me get this thing going?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Is Exchange installed on your SBS server but disabled, installed and not disabled or not installed?
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by:lordzack
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It is installed and I have started/enabled all segments of the Exchange Services in services.msc.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Okay - that's good - much less work to do.

Can you run the Connect To the Internet Wizard please (Start> Server Management> To Do List> Connect to the internet) and then complete the relevant details for your test domain and complete the wizard, then you should be ready to send out mail for the test domain (after you have checked your firewall allows TCP port 25 out from the server and that your ISP is not blocking the port).

Once you can send, you also need to change the MX record(s) for your test domain to point to your server and make sure that you have allowed TCP port 25 in through the router / firewall and forward the port to your SBS server.

How techy are you?  Do you need the above explained more or are you comfortable with all this?
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by:lordzack
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I'm not too techy but I am familiar with much of what you are saying.

I went through the "To Do List" and had 2 errors (Firewall Configuration & E-mail configuration).  I have not started the Windows Firewall service.  Should I? Also, I do have port 25 open for mail through the router.  My test client is still telling me that it is disconnected.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Okay - the Firewall you can choose not to configure - you can do that manually but the Email is a worry.

Are ALL Exchange Services running happily?

Can you screen Dump the Services List around the Microsoft Exchange services please.

Thanks

Alan
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by:lordzack
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I had to start the MS Exchange 'Event' services but all others were apparently running.  (also I've changed the 'Event' from manual to automatic)  I"ve attached the screenshot of the services. Exchange Services
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Is your Information Store mounted?

(Exchange System Manager)
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by:lordzack
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When I go to [server\first storage group\mailbox store] and right click on it the option I get is to "Dismount Store".  So I would say that it is mounted.  Is there another way to check?
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Yep - that'll be mounted!

Please try the wizard again.  What are you entering for the domain name that it doesn't like?

@domain.com or just domain.com ?
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by:lordzack
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After trying the wizard this time everything got the green checkmark.  I've entered the domain name as domain.com.  I sent a test email from a test client to itself and it went fine.  But sending and receiving outside the domain is not working yet.
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by:lordzack
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So far the email is being sent very quickly within the domain but I am unable to receive or send outside.  There must be some setting that I do not have correct.  Is there a way to trouble shoot that?  The error that the bounced-back email says is:

"There was an SMTP communications problem with the recipient's email server. 554 refused mailfrom because return MX does not exist"
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by:lordzack
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I'll need to do some more research on how to run Exchange.
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