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I have a Main Office and 5 External Locations. All locations are running SBS 2003 with Exchange 2003. How do I set it up so that Exchange from the External Locations servers connect into Exchange at the Main Office and collect/sync the emails for the users for that location? I have read some articles that involve Administrative Groups and a SMTP connector, but when I go into System Manager their isn't an Administrative Groups listed. I know this is probably something really simple, but for some reason I can't figure it out. I thank you in advance for any assistance that you can offer.

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1st off… do you really need SBS 2003 for all locations? Why not have SBS 2003 in one main location?

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  • Dwiebesick
    We really need more information on your network design structure. What is the domain structure for all six sites (main and 5 external)? What is the email address structure; does all the email flow to the main site and then you want it to flow to the remote sites for client access? If so, I do not think you can do this if all your sites are running SBS. The more detailed information (DO NOT give our your 'real' structure names) the better. Let us know dmw
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  • Ceneskie
    Sorry for the confusion let me try to explain better. We are a Non-Profit organization and we have a Administrative Office (Main Office), Food Bank, Thrift Store, Domestic Violence Shelter, Outreach Program, Transitional Living Program, and Homeless Shelter. Each one is located in it's own building and the buildings are spread out across the city. Each location was considered it's own entity. So we are currently running 5 different websites and 5 different email domains. Each location was setup with it's own SBS server. This was all done before I was hired. I was hired at the same time as our new CEO. The new CEO and I would like to bring the organization back together as one entity. So we are trying to consolidate everything under one website and one email domain. We want all emails to flow into the Administration Office and then setup the servers at the other locations to come into our server to get the emails for the users that are at the different locations. We would like to try and do this using the software we currently have, but if that is not possible then we can purchase new software through a non-profit discount vendor. Please let me know if there are any other questions or if this didn't completely answer the questions asked. Thanks, Ceneskie
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  • Wrobinson
    What you are looking to setup -- which is a multi-site Exchange organization is an enterprise solution and beyond the scope and intentions of SBS. Merging AD forests and Exchange organizations is not a cake walk to setup or maintain. Your oganization should look at what is best in terms of time, money and effort. I would recommend setting up a new AD forest and Exchange organization and migrating users and mail data into it. If autonomy is required for the satellite offices, delegation and group policy can be used to achieve it. Alternatively additional forests and/or domains can be deployed. It will pan out cheaper in the long run in terms of operational costs and administrative overhaed.
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