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Help with basic exchange server / home network question

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Ankh, Apr 17, 2009.

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  1. Ankh

    Ankh Thread Starter

    May 28, 2008
    OK...so first of all I'm a noob to this stuff so please bear with me. Here is what I'm wondering.

    I just opened an office for my new business. This office will have an always-on (cable) internet connection. We intend to have one central computer on which we do all of our production work (herein referred to as "The Office Computer"). We (my business partner and myself) will also be carrying laptops around with us (all computers will be on Vista 64). We would really like to be able to have an email server on The Office Computer that we can access on our laptops when we are away from the office. Potentially, we would also like to be able to get emails immediately from our SmartPhones (or maybe Blackberrys).

    Is there a reasonable way to do this? Can a regular desktop be used as a server AND as a work station? I've read up a little bit on Microsoft Exchange Server and it seems like overkill. I also see a lot of offers from various companies to host my exchange server, but the monthly fees seem excessive.

    I know there are ways that you can connect to a computer remotely, but that isn't really what I'm trying to do. It's mostly about email and perhaps some file-sharing.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. If you can even point me in the direction of some good resource material I'm not opposed to reading it and educating myself.

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. pcdebol


    Mar 2, 2009
    You probably don't want the security headache of hosting an e-mail server locally. You can go through g-mail and one of their hosting services and set up a domain and accomplish everything you are after without the security headaches.

    If you want to setup and in house mail server you need and IDS system running on your network and be able to understand what it is telling you. If you have a mail server it will get hacked and you need to know when and what to do about it.

    As for the file sharing install a VPN router to get remote access to your network.
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