Email Server Migration

My wife runs a photography business. Her email and website are hosted by a provider called BluDomain

She is having multiple repeated issues:
1. Large quantities of spam
2. Server downtime caused by the provider

I am looking for input on ways to migrate her email to a new provider, gmail or other, where she can maintain her business domain name and also address here spam and downtime issues.

Thanks

Brian
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
Hi Brian,

Honestly I use both, Microsoft and Google business products for emails and both are pretty good. However you can personalize the spam filters on both.

Google Apps Spam Filters

Microsoft Spam Filters

Depending on your email client, you can setup spam filters locally too.

Kind regards,
Cristian
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
Hi Brian,

There are several possibilities: you could move your site to a new hosting or you can opt only to move your mail server to a new provider such as google, outlook and so on.

If you wish to move only the email, you will have to create an account on gmail/outlook for business and use their mx server (this setting will have to be change on your dns server, probably hosted by your hosting provider).

Please let me know if you need any further details how to do this.

Kind regards,

Cristian
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Easiest way would be to use a Mail Client like Outlook setup a IMAP or POP3 connection to her email account and then export the mail to a PST.

When she gets her new provider setup create the same IMAP or POP3 connection and import the PST back into the Mailbox.

Will.
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Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
Thanks Cristian and Will.

I couple of responses to your comments:
-I am not able to move her website at the moment, so I am just looking to move the email service
-If I move to a new provider, is Google the easiest alternative or is there another option that you recommend?
-Any recommendations on addressing the spam issue, or will a new email host handle that as a part of their service?

Thanks

Brian
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Any recommendations on addressing the spam issue, or will a new email host handle that as a part of their service?
That is correct. GMAIL, YAhoo, Microsoft etc all have there own spam filters and they take care of this for you.

Switch email providers is relatively easy in itself. Anyone of the providers i have mentioned above you should have no issues switching to.

Will.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Google and Microsoft offer email services with spam filtering.  There are third party services you can use as well.  Spam filtering, in my opinion, is somewhat risky if e-mail is important - you want a service that allows you to easily SEE what messages were blocked and ideally scores them so those with lower scores are more likely false positives (and therefore easier to find). Before jumping on a mail provider, I would strongly encurage you to explore the options and features of any service before you buy.  You could also look into an intermediary filtering service - Exchange Defender for example (though I don't know if they'd take individuals) - you would point your MX records at the intermediary and configure them to deliver mail to your hosts mail server.
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frankhelkCommented:
Easiest way would be to use a Mail Client like Outlook setup a IMAP or POP3 connection to her email account and then export the mail to a PST.

And even a bit more easy: Use Mozilla Thunderbird and set up the old and the new account there with IMAP. You should be able to simply drag and drop emails from one account's folder to the a folder of the other account, even with several messages at once (already did that ... Thunderbird manages the rest).

Nevertheless the transfer of a big heap of data would take its time ... the messages wold be fetched from account 1 and transferred to account 2 ... depending on the number and size of the messages, expect your bandwidth to be crippled for a period of time (fetching would be fast, but upload to account 2 would be slow due to asymmetric up/down bandwidths of regular connections)
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Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input. I will likely migrate her to google and will post here if I have any issues or updates.
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