help to install exchange 2003

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January 22, 2010 at 17:35:56
Specs: Windows xo, 1222
what components do i need installed on my win 2003 server before i install exchange server 2003? or is there a better FREE mail server program i can use?

Do i need to have the win 2003 server configured to mail server role prior to installing exchange 2003?

or is this mail server role something different than installing exchange server 2003?

Here is my setup at home: (this is all for learning purposes, using win2003servers and xp clients)
I am using a domain from FreeDNS, my domain at FreeDNS is '' and the web server for this web-site is at home, BUT my home network domain is!! will i have to change my home network domain name from to equal my FreeDNS domain name?

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January 22, 2010 at 19:34:55
Nope just install it... there are lots of decisions during installation...

Your private hone domain has nothing to do with your email set up... if you point the FreeDNS using A records to your home IP using port 25... you'll need to create although I think the dash is no go. As an email is sent to your IP exchange will process it and deliver it to the users... you'll need to install Outlook 2003 of course.

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January 23, 2010 at 16:15:03
can i still use this server as part of my home domain of it is a member server?

so i will not have to add this server as a mail server role?

right now i have users to log into the network for, i have no domain network for, how do i do this user setup for going to change it to

on freedns do i have to add an MX record?

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January 25, 2010 at 06:13:54

Server 2003 email server role is a generic email server that can be installed and has nothing to do with Exchange.

TO be completely honest... it doesn't sound like you are qualified to be installing Exchange on a network yet. If you are asking these kinds of questions it means you don't have a basic understanding of Server 2003 or Exchange 2003. You have lots of reading to do... and it seems you are trying to take a short cut and have other people answer solve the problem of your inexperience.

Start by reading...

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January 29, 2010 at 09:28:30
yes, i know server 2003 email server is not the same as exchange server.

This is a test network i am using. i want to learn how to install and administer exchange.

I have a 2003 domain controller(dns,nat,rras,vpn), a 2000svr dhcp server, 2 xp clients, and a 2003svr web server, i want to install exchange on the web server.

but i am confused on were to run forestprep and domainprep from!!! do i run these from the DC or from the server i want to install exchange on?

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January 29, 2010 at 10:02:30
a simple google search on adprep would have told you that you only need to run adprep on the server holding the schema fsmo role.

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January 29, 2010 at 16:16:32
i ran /forestprep and /domainprep from the DC.

and then ran the setup.exe onto the member server that i want to be the web & mail server.

i already have an 'A' record on freedns pointing to my home ip. And from there the router is sending any port 25 packets to the nat router i have on my home lan (a dual nic win 2003 server) using the nic that connected to the external lan, that nic has port 25 forwarded to the web/mail server. I believe this setup is correct.

but if my home lan domain is called '' and the exchange server was installed under that domain, how is mail intended for going to get to him??

i have a user named ted created in AD users and computers, he logs into the domain?

what i did on FreeDNS was i made an MX record, pointing to my exchange server ''

i will then go to hotmail and send an email to and i get a delivery error in hotmail

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February 8, 2010 at 11:51:43
do i need to get certificate to setup an exchange server at home??

i just want to learn to administer this mail server on a home win2003 domain with xp clients.

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February 9, 2010 at 11:38:58
i have the A record on freedns pointing to my home web site, it works, the NAT gets it on port 80 and sends the request to the web server!!

if i put a email link on the web page, (the web server has exchange server 2003 installed also) how would i configure the MX record with this NAT setup?

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