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By NateH ·
Hi all,

This is a generic question.

I have very little experience with MS Exchange and have this dillemma.

A small office client with less than 10 people wants me to set up their Server with Exchange for their email. I suggested they stay with their POP services for ease of use and ease of maintenance. My theory being that Exchange takes a lot more care and attention to run and maintain and doesn't make sense for a small office.

Any thoughts from all you Exchange folks out there?

Nate

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by curlergirl In reply to Exchange or POP

If you are looking strictly at email, your approach seems to make sense. However, there are a lot of other functions in Exchange/Outlook that even a small office can use to advantage, such as sharing of calendars and task lists, scheduling meetings and appointments and inviting others, etc., etc. So, if you look at Exchange/Outlook as groupware rather than just an email solution, it makes a lot more sense. If you don't want them to have to deal with the complexities presented by setting up routers with static IP addresses, managing SMTP queues, message logging, etc., etc., you can set them up with Small Business Server (this is the most cost-effective solution for a small office anyway) and use the POP3 Connector to connect them with external POP3 accounts for external communications.

Hope this helps!

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