+ 0 Votes agree, but Churdoo 6 years ago In concept I agree with you. However, in the world of a small business or small non-profits, it's oftentimes hard to justify the separate hardware in the interest of mere security ... lol The MS answer to the puzzle is Small Business Server, as it is AD/Exchange Server/File Storage/etc. all rolled into one, and it has the security built in to minimize the exposure of an internet facing device. I'm not trying to redesign your O/S, SBS is W2K3 Server AND Exchange AND a bunch of other stuff and was designed (and priced) for this exact scenario. I know that the software pricing is not a huge factor with the donated MS software she can get through techsoup.org as a non-profit. Either way, whether she does SBS or vanilla W2K3 server / exchange server, although the situation is not ideal, it's at least more secure today with default security of W2K3 Server than years past with the default (lack of) security settings of 2000, and if you put the whole thing behind a SOHO router/NAT appliance and expose only the ports that need to be exposed SMTP/HTTP/HTTPS for example, along with a solid anti-virus/anti-spam solution, her risk is minimized. + 0 Votes Many Thanks Churdoo TBBrick 6 years ago Thanks for the info on SBS. With the WinME and XP Home debacles, I've been suspicious of stripped-down "lite" version of MS products. When I first heard of SBS, it sounded like deja vu all over again. So I take it SBS is as "secure" and reliable as W2K3? (Keeping in mind of course how one needs to keep up on patch mgmt et al.) As for my friend, she's sticking to off-site mgmt of the email for now. She didn't say for sure, but I suspect that even with Techsoup, I think the prices of Exchange and the CALs were a bit too salty for the budget.