Setting up Exchange 2010 on SBS 2011 Standard

I deployed exchange 2010 on sbs 2011 over the week-end. I figured it was pretty much good to go until I tested it this morning.

Autodiscover is failing miserably.

I did a bit of checking online into what I need for autodiscover records for sbs 2011 / exchange 2010. I am still a little unclear. I don't do exchange setups very often and so I end up having to relearn and fumble around a bit in the process.

I have an mx record of mail.domain.com forwarding to the sbs server's IP address. Is this what I want?

What do I need for an autodiscover entry in dns?

Do I need to remove any other DNS records?
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Exchange_GeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
A record wouldn't help - you'll need SRV Records for it.

more over MX Record is for mail flow and not for autodiscover, you'll need to talk with your External DNS Vendor to provide you a SRV record for _Autodiscover._tcp.domain.com

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Exchange_GeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Follow the steps mentioned in the link

http://www.thirdtier.net/2011/06/setting-up-autodiscover-for-sbs-2011/

1) You'll need to set up DNS to point to _autodiscover._tcp.domain.com internally and externally
2) You'll need cert to setup for mail.domain.com / autodiscover.domain.com / server FQDN / Server NETBIOS Name
3) Either a self-signed or purchased UCC Cert is required.
4) You'll need to enable the cert on the following links.

AutodiscoverServiceInternalUri
Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory
Set-OWAVirtualDirectory
Get-OABVirtualDirectory
Get-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory
Set-OutlookAnywhere

That should be it.

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MJCSAuthor Commented:
I have added:

A Record

Host                     Points To                          TTL

Autodiscover        XX.XXX.XX.XXX                  1/2 hour


Is it better to have mail.domain.com as an mx record or as an a record.
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
so srv is a type of dns record?
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
Yes sir.

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Exchange_Geek
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
So I'm building the srv record.

What do I put as target. What do I put as name?
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Exchange_GeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Here are the steps for creating SRV Records

Open the DNS Management MMC snap-in.
Expand Forward Lookup Zones.
Locate and right-click the DNS zone, and then click Other New Records.
Click Service Location (SRV).
Service: _autodiscover
Protocol: _tcp
Port Number: 443
Host: mail.domain.com
Click OK.

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Exchange_Geek

P.S - mail.domain.com should be changed to your webmail address, for example if your webmail address externally/internally is set to https://webmail.skype-lost.com/owa

then the above host should point to webmail.skype-lost.com
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
ok, so if I'm creating this on my SBS, what should me registrar's dns records look like?
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
Is that a question for internal / external SRV Record creation?

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Exchange_Geek
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
The instructions you've given are for internal SRV creation.

What should my DNS entries be at Godaddy? What all should I have pointing towards this sbs?
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Exchange_GeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Externally also your DNS Entries for the following should be pointing for towards your

A Record for mail.domain.com pointing towards SBS
SRV Record for autodiscover.domain.com pointing towards SBS

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Exchange_Geek
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
ok, so I need both an internal and external srv record?
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
also, no mx record?
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Exchange_GeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
MX is related to mail flow not OL Connections, MX is required for mail-flow and yes it is required to be pointed to your SBS to receive emails.

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Exchange_Geek
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
should the autodiscover srv entry at godaddy point to my sbs ip address or to mail.domain.com?

I have it setup as name: autodiscover,domain.com and target:(ip address), but it seems to want to use a domain name as the target...
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Exchange_GeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
SRV record is required for autodiscover to point to mail.domain.com
A Record for mail.domain.com needs to be pointed to SBS Server.

Ref: http://www.webville.net/kb/Knowledge%20Base/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=33

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Exchange_Geek
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
At GoDaddy:

I have this A record:

Host        Points to                

mail         XX.XXX.XX.XXX

I have this MX Entry:

Priority         Host              Points to

0                    mail              mail.domain.com

I have this SRV Entry

Service              Protocol       Name      Priority          Weight           Port          Target

_autodiscover   _tcp              @             0                     0                    443            mail.domain.com



Does this look right?
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Exchange_GeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Looks good to me. Also, have a PTR Record for mail-flow - this is normally a check to understand if the sending IP belongs to the sending Organization or not. Just in order to block spoofing.

Regards,
Exchange_Geek
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