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Setting up mail on Exchange 2010 - basic overview questions...

I have a new 2008 R2 server with a clean install of Exchange 2010 sitting here which needs configuring.

I have found lots of article specifying the details of configuration the exchange server but what I need right now is some basic explanation of how the terms used to describe Exchange roles and functionality relates to my environment and needs. Basically I don't want to start configuring things I simply don't need.

The company I work for has about 10 employees. We don't host our own domain (and website), we use a third party. My predessesor had set things up in such a way that we send through the ISP's SMTP server and recieve using a bulk pop3 connector. Surely that has got to be a bad thing?

Is it a sensible move to configure our Exchange server so that I can change the DNS on our third party control panel to point the MX record(s) at our Exchange server and let exchange handle the receipt and sending of mail our email?

What do I need to set up?
Are there any pitfalls?
I really need some basic advice and pointers before heading into the unknown.
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Madan SharmaConsultantCommented:
Assuming if you don't have edge server in your environment then you need to follow up the following path
1. Create s send connector under organization configuration -> hub transport -> Send Connector and select delivery via direct DNS look up
2. Allow your default receive connector to receive mail from Anonymous Users Group Go to Server Configuration-> Hub Transport -> Default Receive Connector go to property then permission groups and check anonymous users
Note :- before using your HT server as internet-facing server you must have anti spam protection on it like Microsoft forefront security or any third party security gateway.

After doing the above mention settings you can point your MX records to you exchange server

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