Got several questions actually so pls bare with me.
First my setup:
Got a local lab environment with 2
servers that have ExchSvr 2003 (enterprise) installed on both. For now I set one up as a front end server to understand how
it works with relaying and such. Later I will have it set up as a standalone but would like 1 to be for my blackberry
enterprise and mobile messaging and the other as the regular back-end that handles my general mail. The intent would be to
filter out unwanted mail and have it forwarded to the other server that would then tranfer it to my backberry or mobile
device. Reason being I want to get mail from family and other important stuff delivered immeadiately and spam mail and
whatever else isolated on the other server which I can respond to whenever.
Now my ISP is not able to provide me with a
static IP as long as I retain a residential account so I want to configure my servers to relay and receive mail through my
ISP's smtp servers. I understand that I must configure my smart hosts and pop3 connector in order to accomplish this and I
should have it done by this weekend. With the documentation found on in our forums.
Now I do have a domain
registered but again without a static IP I cannot setup my Exch to work with it unless I have a static IP. So for now it is
sitting in limbo...
Is there anyway to work around this without having to pay for it? I would be
interested in paying for an MX setup (not too familiar on this just yet), but seeing how it would cost me aswell for a static
IP I might as well just switch over to a corporate account and host it all myself with a static IP. But this would be once I
get a better understanding of my network and able to properly secure it.
Is there a way that I can ghost
(backup) the server that has the Exch (back-end) installed on it? I am able to use norton ghost on the front end, but for
some apparent reason when I perform the same type of backup on the back end, the server locks up and never gets booted into
Norton Ghost's backup script.Once this occurs I am unable to boot back up unattended and must always choose interact to have
it boot back in to my regular OS.
I have some tutorials that explain how to perform a backup with ntbackup however I
find it tedious and somewhat complicated, especially since at times I tend to crash things while I am testing limits and
such. So I just want to be able to have a sound backup image that I can revert to should I cause an unrecoverable
I am still interested in having the nt backup performed unless there is a better one but I will need to
setup a vmware lab with exchange installed on it to test the restore before doing it on my live system.
Where can I find some good documentation on using the mobile services that Exch 2003 offers. I seem to get flooded with so
many points of reference that it feels overwhelming so if anyone has a good location or knows of a pdf, pls let me in on it I
would love to get involved in uderstanding and incorporating those features in my lab.
In my tutorial
(Winstructor) they stated that with Exch I should created a user that has admin priviliges and assign the services to run off
of that account that way should an issue arise it would be easier for troubleshooting, however when I attempted that; as they
show in the video tutorial, after the reboot, the services never started and when I try to start them manually I was prompted
in a msg saying that the dependicies that are required must run for this service to run (this is not the actual msg but it
was what it was basically telling me). Now when I manually tried to start all the other dependant and related services
manually from the mmc they in turn gave me the same msg resulting in me having to revert back to the default settings. Why is
that? Is it truly worth going through the trouble to do this setup that the tutorial has implied?
Thanks for any
help that you guys can offer! really appreciate it.