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This question might be a stupid one, so please bear with me. Thanks

I support users that are gmail fans and users that are exchange fans. The problem is that their email is within the same domain.
Is there any way to have email1@dom1.com be sent to a gmailservice while email2@com2.com be sent to an excange server?
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Is there any way to have email1@dom1.com be sent to a gmailservice while email2@com2.com be sent to an excange server? (sic.)

Email delivery is controlled by the MX records in the DNS for each domain, so you can trivially do this: configure the MX records for dom1.com to point to the Gmail service (after registering for Google Apps, etc.) and set the MX records for com2.com to point at the relevant Exchange service/servers (be that something you host or a cloud service).

If you meant to ask whether email addressed to the same domains can be directed to two different mail systems, you are out of luck. Mail must be terminated by ONE authoritative system, and you will need to decide whether that is Google or an Exchange platform. There's nothing stopping you configuring that system to forward mail onward, but that would be up to the specific configuration of the system.

I support users that are gmail fans and users that are exchange fans. The problem is that their email is within the same domain.

If this is a corporate environment, I would strongly suggest you back up a step and look at policy before addressing technical issues. Focus on what your corporate approach to groupware and productivity is going to be: will you use Google, or will you use Exchange, and then consolidate. Individual user preferences don't have much relevance in a corporate environment where IT knows best.

Occasionally, there is a case for using multiple systems: usually, you can split the classes of user into two groups and provide them with two separate email addresses. I've seen this among staff and students in schools and colleges; the students are provided Gmail mailboxes and @student.college.edu addresses, while the staff receive on-premise Exchange mailboxes and @college.edu addresses. Much easier to configure and manage.

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Thank you for your good answer and for your sharp noticie of my mistake by typing dom1 and dom2 when I meant the same domain.
Your answer was as I expected, but I had to ask :-)
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