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How do we fix our domain conflicts?

We have had our server for about 6 years and during that time, we have been unable to exchange working.   We are in the middle of a migration to server 2008 R2 and would hate to make the same mistake twice so therefore I am asking if we did it correctly.  Here are the facts:
We do not host our own website.
We use the same domain name our website uses for our server.
We have all mx records set properly.
We cannot access our public website if we are logged into our domain/network.
My question is can we still use that domain if it points to our public website?  If so why won't exchange work and why can't we access our public website from our office?  I hope that makes sense and I can clarify.


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5g6tdcv4Commented:
Well for one thing you need a www record in dns poiting to your website
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
>>"My question is can we still use that domain if it points to our public website?
Yes.

>>"If so why won't exchange work and why can't we access our public website from our office? "
With SBS 2003 you had to manually add a zone to DNS for the external domain name, i.e. your web site. With SBS 2008/2011 this is done automatically during the set up.

Are you going to Server 2008 R2, or SBS 2011. Same underlying O/S but SBS includes Exchange.

With SBS if you use the wizards to set up the server all internal and external services should work with very little intervention.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
The public website issue is a easy fix www A record is part of the fix

http://oddjobsintech.com/active-directory-tip-access-external-website-with-the-same-domain-name-as-your-internal-domain/

The MX records you need to update them on your External DNS Host as well.

Exchange not working could be many things.
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jdalskeAuthor Commented:
Thank you I will test these solutions this weekend and report back.
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Sirreal45Commented:
When you say Exchange isn't working, exactly what part of Exchange is not working? Can you send/receive email to users within your domain? Is external mail the problem? is OWA the problem. Need more information to help.

What do your current WWW and MX records look like. Your DNS host (isp?) can setup the www record to point to your hosting server and your MX record pointing to your networks Exchange server.
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jdalskeAuthor Commented:
To clarify we do have an A record for our external website.  We can not use Outlook to send emails internally or externally but OWA works internally (I have tested it out so I know that it does) but not outside our local network.

sirreal45: I will check with our ISP to see if our mx and www are pointing to the proper networks and be in touch.
Thank you,
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jdalskeAuthor Commented:
dariusg: Just reviewing you article link and that sounds exactly like our problem.  I am working on getting those changes made and will provide feedback shortly.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
As mentioned SBS 2008 (not SBS 2003) will do this for you automatically when you run the "configure my Internet address". Are you migrating to SBS or server std?
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jdalskeAuthor Commented:
dariusg: I am using your link from above.
I am on step 2: IIS Redirect and I get a pop screen that tells me the child nodes also define the value of the UNCPassword property.  
Can you tell me what to select that?
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jdalskeAuthor Commented:
Very thorough.  Answered my question in two parts that is why I accepted 2 solutions.
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