SBS2011 Temporary Mixed Domain and Workgroup Working
Posted on 2013-10-24
I am currently changing a small business system from Linux Server with Windows XP Workstations running as a workgroup to SBS2011 Standard server with Windows 7 workstations running as a domain but I have to maintain all system functions - file-server, Internet Access, email etc. - at all times during business hours. I have a problem...
1. When I run ConnectComputer to add the workstations to the SBS domain the DNS records for the mail server will be pointing to the mail servers of an external provider from which users currently gather their email by POP3. I have altered the email account settings of the POP accounts on all of the workstations to include the external servers as IP addresses rather than names, so email gathering from those POP accounts will remain possible after the connections are made to the Exchange system. ConnectComputer will add accounts for the in-house Exchange Server system and internal email messages will begin passing through that system immediately. The question is - Can the existing POP accounts on the external email provider be run in parallel in Outlook with the new Exchange accounts until the DNS records are changed and the Exchange server becomes the authoritative server for the mail domain and can I then import the POP mail from the workstations to the Exchange system?