Outlook Web Access Basics

ibrahim52
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Currently our emails are from third party service providers where each email is configured on outlook on every PC with POP3 configuration. Now the management is concerned to have an email server or solution like OUTLOOK WEB ACCESS so it is easier and also secure to access the emails with no headaches of taking care of .pst files on individual PC's. I have never setup the exchange emails so this is going to be my first experience with it, so was wondering if I have to take any basic steps before I begin experimenting.
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Rajkumar DuraisamyIT Service Manager
Top Expert 2012
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To Setup a exchange server environment, you have to find which exchange version you are going to deploy in your premise.

To have Exchange Server, you need Active Directory with DNS in place. Make sure you have the setup.

Once you have the basic requirement, like having Active Directory, DNS in place, you will be able to install Exchange Server, when exchange is installed, by default you will be able to access OWA on the internal network, and to access OWA from External network, you have to Securely Publish OWA via ISA server or TMG Server

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Most Valuable Expert 2014
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Your best option is to hire a consultant, particularly if you haven't used Exchange before.
Exchange is becoming a pretty complex product and if you don't get many thigns right at the start then it will cause you no end of grief.

As this is greenfield, you could probably look at going straight to Exchange 2013, as there is no migration involved.

Another option would be to move to a hosted Exchange service like Office365.

Simon.
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If i may ask for opensource mail server with web based mail features
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Rajkumar DuraisamyIT Service Manager
Top Expert 2012

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here are some of the emails servers that you may interested as an open source

http://www.smallbusinesscomputing.com/biztools/article.php/3932591/Top-5-Open-Source-Alternatives-to-Microsoft-Exchange.htm

Instead of these open source, you may ask your existing service provider to provide a OWA kind of soultion
ibrahim52Team Leader

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Actually I am the only person who needs to take care of all the IT needs over here and they don't want to invest on any other "solutions" and that's where I seek help from EE experts
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But even if I have individual accounts setup on each OUTLOOK client, is it possible to map .pst files to server so in case of a disaster I still have .pst files of all domain users ?
Most Valuable Expert 2014
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PST files on a network share is not supported, and will lead to corruption of the PST file. As far as I am concerned there is no difference between storing email in a PST file and deleting it - it will be lost both ways.

While I fully appreciate that you are under an obligation to take care of all IT needs, that doesn't mean you have to do everything yourself. No one can be an expert in everything. A single day with a decent Exchange consultant would get you an Exchange server that is setup correctly. Asking on a forum only gets you so far, and a forum is best suited to asking high specific questions.

Would you go on to an accountancy forum and ask how to do your taxes? You would get laughed off the forum. It is no different.

What I tell people is that you either pay now, or pay later. It is a lot more cost effective to get a consultant in to do it correcty right at the start, than get them to clean up the mess later on, or trying to work around mistakes that you made at the start which are hard to resolve once the system has gone live.

Simon.
ibrahim52Team Leader
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Thank you very much SIMON, it was really convincing points. I think you are right its better to sit with an expert instead of trying something which you are not even aware of. Thanks once again.
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Ill better start inquiring for a consultant or consult my friends who are aware of email server setup.

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