ms exchange

We are currently using a hosted email solution from a company but are thinking about getting an exchange server setup in house for our business email.  I was wondering how difficult this would be for me to do myself.  I would say I am intermediate in the areas of IT.  I can pretty much figure out things but I don't want to take on a project that might be over my head.  Is it straight forward to just get another server and load Exchange and go?  What are your thoughts?
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Tomas ValentaIT ManagerCommented:
If you are not familiar with messaging systems and with MS Exchange I would recommend you to use easier e-mail solution like Kerio Connect ( or similar. It si easier for configuration and maintenance because it is done by web browser and ther is quick configuration wizard.
why go the other way?
im looking into hosted.
Tomas ValentaIT ManagerCommented:
After building of your inhouse mail system you need to make proper MX records in your DNS system to be able to receive and send e-mails. I can provide you more detailed if you wants.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
MS Exchange can be as complex as you make it. Personally if you have 1 server holding all of the roles, a couple of mailbox databases, then something like this is pretty straightforward. There is a lot of articles on the net regarding Exchange so you should be able to get through it.

You can even use the Exchange Deployemnt Assistant which will help walk you throuhg all of the steps.

Exchange starts getting more complex when you are working work DAG/Multiple Name Spaces/Routing etc.


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mkramer777Author Commented:
would I use the kerio solution if I have over 100 users?
Tomas ValentaIT ManagerCommented:
here you have technical requirements
Recommended HW configuration (100+ users):
CPU 2.8GHz 64-bit Quad Core, 8 GB RAM, 200GB+ of free space for message store and backup
Tomas ValentaIT ManagerCommented:
but I agree with the question above - why you can go to the on-premise solution (HW and SW at "home") ?
With this number of users (over 100) you will manage storage space very often if you do not configure strong
mkramer777Author Commented:
why not just get larger hard drives
Tomas ValentaIT ManagerCommented:
We migrated from Exchange server 2003 to Google Apps one year ago. we had approx 300 users and in our comparison table of solutions was not only storage point of view. Our areas of interest were: backup, disaster recovery, SLA, archiving, operating costs, licencing policy,..
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