How to; Mail server SBS 2003

Posted on 2011-10-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Dear Sir/Madam,

Currently we have 8 POP accounts, hosted at Network Solutions.
We are working on a SBS 2003 R2
It is annoying that we have to wait 15 minutes before it syncs the email from Network Solutions.

I know that we can divert the email directly to our server. But I've got a following questions, which I am sure someone of you can answer.

- Do I need to configure my own SPAM filter?
- If my server is down, will Network Solutions keep it until our server is online again?
- We have an ADSL connection, not very fast. Speedtest shows this;
Download 380 KByte/sec   -  Upload 50 KByte/sec
I think not ideal to host it on our own?
- Do we have to use the SMTP of Network Solutions or from our ISP?
- Do we need to have a SSL connection for this?

I know the internet connection is slow. This is the only option we've got and the next option would be a fiber connection.
It is a lot more expensive as the price we are paying now for internet, and my boss wants to have good reasons why we should take fiber.

Are their any more things I've forgot, based on the email hosting?

Thank you.

Question by:joeya1
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    Accepted Solution

    A few answers for you...

    -SPAM filter, yes I would highly recommend implementing one if you are going to host your own email server.  I would reccommend using an Untangle server for network security which includes a good spam filter.

    -You would need to configure a backup mail server (a second MX record) where mail would be delivered in case of a network failure.  This will redirect mail to this secondary server if the first server is down.

    -I would agree that your connection speed is pretty slow and not ideal for hosting your own server.

    -If you are using Exchange on your SBS2003 box, then you don't need to use Network Solutions for SMTP, you can use DNS from your SBS server.  However, this will mean that you will have to get your ISP to setup a reverse DNS record for your IP Address.  

    -An SSL connection is not necessary.

    Hope this helps.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you.
    I will speak it over that we need to change connection before proceeding with the other steps.

    Thank you for your help.


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