Today I will show you how to set up Exchange Server 2010 so that you can host your own emails. For the purpose of this tutorial I will be using Exchange 2010 already installed on Windows Server 2008 R2. This tutorial will only cover how to set up Exchange to receive and send emails and not extras like Outlook Web App (OWA) and SSL Certificates which I will cover in future tutorials.
1. You have already installed the Exchange 2010 package onto Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Transport, Client Access and Mailbox Roles (Typical Installation)
2. Install the 2007 Office System Converter Microsoft Filter Pack.
3. You have received a static public ip address off your ISP.
Hub Transport Configuration
Open up the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and expand Microsoft Exchange On-Premises – Organization Configuration – Hub Transport.
Next click on Accepted Domains (shown below). Your domain should be visible by default.
In the Actions pane (right side of screen) click New Accepted Domain and add the name of the domain you wish to use for email addresses.
Now we need to set up a Send Connector so in the Actions pane click New Send Connector. This will start the wizard.
Choose a name and then set the intended use as Internet. Click Next. This will bring you to the Address Space page. Enter the domain you want to use for emails (mine would be comtech.com) and make sure that you check the box to include all subdomains. Click next.
On the Network Settings page unless you are routing your emails through an upstream host select Use domain name system (DNS) “MX” records to route mail automatically.
For the rest of the wizard click Next.
Now expand Server Configuration – Hub Transport and right click on Default and go to Properties.
On the Properties page go to the Permissions Groups tab and check the box for Anonymous users. This will allow your Exchange server to accept incoming mail from remote mail servers.
Now you need to give your users email addresses and you do this by expanding Recipient Configuration – Mailbox and then going to New mailbox in the Actions pane. Create email addresses for all your users.
Configuring DNS Records
The final piece to the puzzle is to configure your external DNS records. You are going to require both an A record and an MX record.
In DNS configure the following:
mail.comtech.com = 126.96.36.199
Replace comtech.com with your domain name and 188.8.131.52 with the static public ip addresses obtained from your ISP.
mail.comtech.com (Preference 10)
You can set as many preferences as you like but mail will be sent to the lowest preference first.
You will also need to contact the company who hosts your domain name (either ISP or external hosting company) to add the same records to their DNS records.
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