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Hardware Configuration for Exchange 2003

Despite Exchange 200x being around for over seven years, the question of hardware configuration is still frequently asked and discussed on forums and message boards around the internet. Exchange is a high transactional database, which means it is constantly writing to its hard disks. Therefore, when you are considering what hardware to purchase for Exchange, you need to remember that you get the ... [More]

Why you shouldn't use a POP3 Connector

There are so many reasons why you shouldn't use a POP3 connector on an Exchange server that it is difficult to know where to start. I don't simply mean the POP3 Connector supplied with Small Business Server, but any third party POP3 Connector. They all have the same issues. With the correct choice of services and configuration, there is almost no reason why a POP3 connector should be used as part... [More]

Experiences with Grey Listing

I have heard from many sources that grey listing can be an effective weapon for fighting spam, yet hadn't had an opportunity to try it out. However one of my clients was being hammered hard with spam, with 700+ messages a day being filtered by Intelligent Message Filter, and lots of messages getting past "I Hate Spam" from Sunbelt Software. Therefore I thought they would be a good site to test th... [More]

Out of the Office Messages to the Internet

When setting up the Exchange server, you need to consider whether to allow Out of the Office Messages (OOTO) to the internet or not. These are not sent to the internet by default on Exchange, you have to actually go in to the system and set the option. However should you enable the option? Some people consider them to be important, others a hindrance. If you are a member of any email distribution ... [More]

Mailbox Limits

There has been some chatter in a number of forums on setting mailbox limits.  How big they should be  Should they be used at all  Good practise to work with limits. One of the first questions people ask is whether there is anything official from Microsoft on limits of mailboxes. At the time of writing there are only broad recommendations.  That would be like a car manu... [More]