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I am in the process of configuring an Exchange 2007 server and all the books and material I have seem to skip over the basics outside of Exchange itself. I have Exchange installed and integrated into AD, etc. I currently have a domain domain.local for internal use. I need to accept email from www.mail.company.com. How do I go about accepting this outside mail? My Exchange server is part of the domain.local namespace. I think I may be mixing up Active Directory and DNS name spaces. Do I simply change the MX record on the external DNS and have it point to my IP address that is NATed to the Exchange server on my internal network? Also, what is the best way to test outside mail? We currently use email hosted on the ISP's servers and I need to migrate everything to the internal Exchange server, but I want to test these accounts before going live. I see that I can creat user@domain.local email accounts and test them, but I need to test outside email as well. I noticed I can create AD accounts and email accounts that integrate into AD. Do I need to configure a separate Originization Unit to house the Exchange accounts? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi put in receipint policy . example if your domain is. mx is www.mail.domain.com. put recepient policy @domain.com and set it as primary. And configure smtp connector so it should relay your mail.And get back to me.
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  • Skepticals
    Well, I do not want to make those changes until after I test the server. What is the best way to do that?
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  • BIGFella
    Hi skepticals, As far as I am aware this is an all or nothing scenario, as you (or your ISP) are updating the mx records on an internet facing DNS server pointing to where your e-mail will be delivered to. The only way I could think of independantly testing this would be to register another domain name and message around with the config to prove your solution works (obviously don't do this with your live environment!) Not having dealt with Exchange 07 I will have to take a guess but I cannot see it being far from exchange 03 config, a standard recipient policy should allready be in place, if not create it using ESM, you will then need to setup the "Internet Mail SMTP Connector" which can be run by right clicking the Exchange organisation name and running through the wizard. There is no need to create extra Org units for exchange mailboxes, an exchange mailbox is an extension or attribute of a domain user account.
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  • Skepticals
    BIGFella, Thanks for the information. I had the thought of registering an additional domain name in order to test the server. I am new to exhange and our current email is hosted at our ISP; so I wanted to make sure the mail server is working before I go live. Is I get email working in the .local domain, to some extent it should work in the .com? I understand (to some point) that an email account is an extention of an AD account. I have a few questions regarding this. 1) We currently have email accounts for users that do not have an account in AD. I assume that I need to create these accounts in AD? Also, if the users do not need access to the internal computers (only email) should I put them in a different OU that restricts access? When I created a user in Exchange 2007, it created a user in the Domain Users OU in AD. I do not think this is what I want. 2) I have a small amount of email users (30-40); so creating the extra users by hand is not problem. Should I manually create the users, switch the MX record and then migrate the mail? 3) I am also a little confused because out internal domain end in a ".local" which is different than our email. Is there anything I need to do differently because the exchange server is in the .local and not in the .com? Thanks again.
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