Managing Multiple Email accounts for Multiple Domains using Exchange 2010 in SBS2011

Hi,

  I own multiple domain names and I need to create a few email accounts (for each domain) which will be mostly used for forwarding purposes. All of these domains will need to have the same email accounts like Sales@domain1.com, Sales@domain2.com, Sales@domain3.com in addition to normal names like joe@domain1.com, kelly@domain2.com. "Most of these email accounts" will be forwarded to external email addresses.

  That said, I have been using Godaddy email service for my needs, but they keep raising fees each and every year and the number of domain names in my portfolio is getting larger every year.

  So I thought about setting up SBS2011 (that comes with Exchange server 2010) as virtual machine and assign a public static IP address (our ISP gave us several public IP addresses) to this VM and point MX records to this particular static IP address on my Domain account. MX Record Please see the screenshots.

  In a screenshot of my Godaddy account, you can see the public IP address 64.xxx.xxx.242 for this particular domain. I am running my own web server inside 64.xxx.xxx.242. A Record  What I am thinking is to set up SBS2011 and assign 64.xxx.xxx.243 and create  emails for multiple domains out of that box.
  Is that possible?
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Another thought:
Can I accomplish the same goal if I set up Windows 2008 Server and install Exchange Server 2007 instead of SBS2011?
 As I have experienced, SBS2011 carries a big footprint, slow and prone to errors. Since I am only interested in using Exchange Portion of SBS, I thought I could just buy older versions of Windows Server OS and run older version of Exchange Server.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
This seems to be a lot of time, effort and expense when office 365 can do this for you at a very reasonable cost, especially when one considers all of the maintenance and backup and ongoing electricity costs.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@David,
 
 Godaddy: $2 per month per email account.  Yearly cost: $24 per email x 20 accounts = $480
 Outlook 365: $4 per month per email account.  Yearly cost: $48 per email x 20 accounts = $960

  Creating a Virtual Machine: Free
  Maintenance: There is a backup software already
  Electrical cost: VMWare Server is already on 24x7 for other VMs.
  Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Standard 2008 20 Client License on Ebay: $100

  What I like to know is if I can accomplish my goal with, for example, using SBS2011, SBS2008, or combination of Windows 2008 & Exchange 2007.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Standard 2008 20 Client License on Ebay: $100 That price is for CALS only.. SBS2008 w/5 Cals is $935 at CDW
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@David
Thanks for the correction.
It turned out that when I purchased SBS2011 VL, it came with SBS2008 as well. I will just use that. No cost involved.
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Cris HannaCommented:
Here is the official blog post on hosting multiple email domains on SBS 2008
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2008/10/13/hosting-multiple-e-mail-domains-on-sbs-2008.aspx

Here is the blog for hosting multiple email domains on SBS 2011 http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/04/13/how-to-configure-sbs-2011-standard-to-accept-e-mail-for-multiple-authoritative-domains.aspx

Now with regards to your last post.
It turned out that when I purchased SBS2011 VL, it came with SBS2008 as well. I will just use that. No cost involved.
 That's not entirely true.   You purchased 1 SBS license via volume licensing.  They provided both SBS 2011 and SBS 2008 so you had the option to downgrade if you needed too, but you can't install both, only one so if you have the SBS 2011 installed somewhere, then you are out of luck without finding another legal copy somewhere
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@Cris
Thanks for the links.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@Cris
It appears, based on the article, that I can use SBS2003 to do the same?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
All of the SBS2003 components are no longer supported as they've reached EOL, so if you place any value on your data, you are well advised not to use an unsupported operating system.
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Cris HannaCommented:
You would but you would be limited to what desktop OS and version of Office you can use, and it's also End of Life
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
understood.
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