Let me first say, Exchange Server alone sucks. It’s too damn difficult to configure, and requires alot of registry editing and doesn’t have POP3 connector to download emails into exchange accounts.
I was trying to get Exchange Server 2003 working on my Windows 2003 Server for the past few days, and with some effort it worked. It takes almost 5 to 10 mins to shutdown the Exchange Server and reboot, and doesn’t have anything to guide you through. You’ll definitely have to be very good with your knowledge of Exchange Server 2003 to be able to set it up. Not for someone like me who knows nuts about infrastructure.
The purpose of setting up Exchange Server 2003 was to have a central repository of my emails, contacts, appointments all at my home server, and able to sync with my notebook, any web-enabled device, and at home. Right now I’ve problems trying to keep everything in sync manually, which reduces my productivity that requires me to go home to read my emails, and recopying mails from my notebook to my desktop.
Let me stress again, Exchange Server 2003 is NOT for dummies like me who wants to do advance stuff like that.
Let me stop lamenting on Exchange Server 2003. Then I decided, what the heck, why don’t I just re-format and install Small Business Server 2003 instead. I must say, SBS 2003 is one of the easiest and the most effortless setting up ever. Although installation takes a few hours (I took almost 6 hours to install and configure everything), after all that long wait, everything appears as a wizard. They have wizards for almost everything. And a very intuitive System Manager, with everything I need to configure at my fingertips. They have this TO-DO thingy after installation that tells you what you need to configure, and they have wizards for everything.
And did I mention they have a wizard to set up your POP3 connector? It’s so simple and effortless. They included a POP3 connector into the Exchange Server. You just have to key in your pop server, username and password, and where the mails will go into. And of course the frequency of checking your pop server.
Simply wonderful. I also love the Certificate Wizard where they help you to create a self-signed certificate for you. You’re able to replace the name to your internet fqdn, instead of the intranet name which I seem to be creating ALWAYS. Like I said, I’m a infra dummy.
Furthermore, it takes only a 1-2 mins to reboot, much much faster than Exchange Server 2003 stand alone on Windows 2003.
Did I mention they have a wizard that helps you set up your AD and lan and everything else?
It’s good stuff. I recommend it to everyone who’s setting up a business, especially a SOHO, which is quite popular in Singapore.
Alrighty, enough praising. It rocks.