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Hi, we are going to migrate from SBS2003 to SBS2011. Our existing server is configured as a myserver.mydomain.local and our active sync has been setup to look at our servers fixed public IP for iphone connection.

I notcied from looking at the SBS2011 RWA configuration that the server should be accessed from a remote.ourdomain.org.uk.

Should our new server be configured in such a way that we remove the .local and have our MX records point to our ip / domain in order to use the remote.ourdomain.org.uk url.

As you can tell form the question i am a bit of a novice, but thanks to the help on here i have kept out existing sbs2003 server running well as i always get there in the end.

A point in the right direction would be good.

Thanks
David.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Where do your MX records currently point?

Yes, you should have a host name of remote.example.com pointing to your external IP address. Then get a trusted SSL certificate for remote.example.com and have that on the server. All clients would then use remote.example.com as their URL for accessing OWA, ActiveSync, Outlook Anywhere and RWW.

Simon.
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Hi Simon, Thanks for coming back to me.

I used MXtoolbox and got the following.

1      ourdomain.org.uk.mail.eo.outlook.com      213.199.154.23

10      ibmr.btconnect.com      213.123.20.92

None of which are our Static IP Addressed. We have 5.

Do I ask my ISP (BT) to have our server ip added?. If so what Pref should it be?. We use bt's outlook 365 which forwards all mail to catchall and then downloaded via a POP3 connection in exchange.
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If you have a static IP address, then having your email delivered directly to Exchange is the best option. Catch all's belong in the 1990s.

If you have five addresses, then check your router for how to give the server its own IP address. That will ensure that if you get a compromised workstation sending out spam, your Exchange server doesn't get blacklisted.

Simon.
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by:dlogan83
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Thanks again Simon.  I will ask my ISP to update our MX Records to point to my IP. We have used the same IP for years and no BlackList problems - so far.
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by:dlogan83
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Hi, Quick question.

Do I need a mail.mydomain.org.uk and remote.mydomain.org.uk mx record to have emails transport direct to my server and be able to use RWL.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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No. You can have just remote.example.com - nothing else.
If you are delivering email (ie OUTBOUND email) directly, rather than using a smart host, then get your ISP to set a PTR on the static address to remote.example.com as well.

Simon.
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brilliant, thanks simon.
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