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By r150bert ·
My company currently has an Exchange 2000 server running only internal mail communicatins. We also have internet email boxes for users needing that resourse. We are in the process of installing Exchange 2003 to combine the internet registered domain and email to our internal system. Does anyone have some ideas on how to do this?

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by Churdoo In reply to Exchange 2003

Lots of ideas. Way too broad of a question.

Will your Production exchange server be on a fixed IP? Will it receive the emails directly via SMTP or will you still want to keep the POP accounts? Exchange 2K3 does not have POP connector built in (SBS does). Are the INTERNAL email domain and the external mailboxes' domain different?
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by r150bert In reply to Lots

We would like to keep the pop accounts so users can check their email from home. The internal email are on a different domain.

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by Churdoo In reply to reply

Well you say the reason for keeping POP is so that users can check their email from home. You don't need their separate POP accounts to do this, in fact, I think that moving them all to Exchange and using OWA (Outlook Web Access) is much more robust than POP. Furthermore, IMF (Intelligent Message Filtering), the built-in MS anti-spam functionality which is maturing more and more, is bypassed when you use POP3 downloaders.

Nonetheless, if you do want to keep the POP accounts, then you'll have to go with a third party add-on as the POP downloader, again, POP Connector is included in Small Biz Server, but not in Vanilla Exchange.

So the answer is, given your criteria of upgrading to Exchange 2003 and keeping the POP accounts, the answer is as simple as doing the E2K3 upgrade and adding a 3rd party POP connector like GFI Mail Essentials. Here is a larger list of POP3 downloader add-ons for exchange: http://www.msexchange.org/software/POP3-Downloaders/

Basically, since the POP3 downloader is taking care of grabbing the email for the public domain and injecting it into the respective exchange mailboxes, there's no configuration of Exchange necessary relative to the public email domain.

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