Microsoft personalized domain names in Essentials

I am setting up Anywhere Access in Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2. I will have Exchange 2013 installed on another server. I currently have a Domain Name purchased from For Essentials Anywhere Access can I use Microsoft Personalized Domain Name in Essentials setup wizard with the same domain name that I purchased from, or will Microsoft come back and say this domain name is taken? I am thinking it will say it is taken, in which case can I use another domain name different from from Microsoft without any domain name conflicts later when I configure Exchange and use the Or could I use the domain name that I use from Microsoft to setup Anywhere Access for my Exchange email as well? If I do this last option, I will probably have to cancel my domain name from and hope that it will still be available when I configure Anywhere Access with Microsoft. Also if this last option is doable, how would I setup Exchange to work with the Microsoft Personalized Domain Name? I know it's a loaded question. Thanks for your help.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
A Microsoft personalized domain name is a subdomain under Microsoft's control. You don't get to you use your own if you go that route.   It'll be something like <name-you-choose>   and not  remote.<name-you-choose>.com  

That's the difference in the wizard between the two choices of you having your own domain name or using a Microsoft provided domain name.

If you want to keep your own registered domain, you have to select that option during the wizard and go through that part of the setup yourself (DNS, SSL, etc.)

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TlingitAuthor Commented:
A Microsoft personalized domain name is a subdomain under Microsoft's control. You don't get to you use your own if you go that route.   It'll be something like <name-you-choose>   and not  remote.<name-you-choose>.com  

Thanks for your response. So I could use Microsoft wizard to setup Anywhere Access and use their personalized domain name and then when I configure Exchange I can use my domain name I have registered with for my email, correct?
TlingitAuthor Commented:
One last question. I am configuring Essentials server at a temporary location. After I am done setting it up, I will move it to it's permanent location which is in a different city, which means it have a different public IP address and router. I will have to rerun the Anywhere Access wizard again so it connects to the new router and Microsoft to reconfigure remote access, correct?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Yes you can use your own domain name for Exchange if you so choose. Essentials will not configure any of it for you, so you'll be following standard Exchange practices for that. Essentials will try to configure a home router via UPnP, but will usually fail (UPnP is just not reliable in this instance) and it won't work with business UTMs or routers at all. So my recommendation is configure the router yourself and *don't* rerun the wizard. As long as the router is properly configured, moving the server won't matter. It'll still "just work" because of how the services are configured.
TlingitAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your input, it's really helpful.
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