Exchange 2003, released near the end of 2002 has established itself as a very reliable email server for companies of all sizes. In its two main versions of Standard (also included with SBS 2003/2003 R2) and Enterprise, it has provided email support for many years. This section of the web site provides articles and guidance on using this version of Exchange.
Many of the articles will also apply to Exchange 2000, but this is not stated individually. If you are still using Exchange 2000, and things on this site don't match exactly, then it is most likely something that wasn't available in that version.
Setup and Configuration of the Exchange 2003 Server
- The preferred method to move to a new server while staying on the same version of Exchange is to do a "Swing Migration".
- Migrating to a new version of Exchange needs to be done with care. This page will guide you through the process.
- At the end of a migration you must uninstall Exchange - however if you have unused mailboxes, this process will fail. This page guides how to find those unused mailboxes.
Mobile Content for Exchange Sections
- While Exchange 2003 can send email to the internet with no additional configuration, if you want more control, and/or need to send email via your ISPs SMTP server, then you will need to use an SMTP connector.
- Give someone outside of your network an email address in your domain.
- Mainly written for SBS 2003 users, migrating to SMTP delivery can make your email handling a lot more efficient.
Anti Spam, Cleaning up after a spam attack and securing the server.
- If your server has been abused, this guide will show you how to clean up and find out what happened.
- IMF is the anti-spam filter built in to Exchange 2003 SP2.
- If you need to allow relaying through your Exchange 2003 server, then lock it down so that the facility cannot be abused.
- Dropping email for unknown users is a very effective way in reducing the amount of email your server has to process.
- An alternative to filtering email at point of delivery is to send certain addresses in to a black hole.
Relevant Blog Postings from the Sembee Blog.
- This blog article provides resolutions to the main arguments for using a POP3 connector, rather than native SMTP Delivery.
- This blog posting details the problems with SMTP virtual server configuration on Exchange 2003 and routing groups.
- This blog posting outlines some of the usernames that were tried during an authenticated user attack.
- In this blog posting, the site author shares some of his experiences with the anti-spam technique greylisting. You should also deploy the hotfix from this article: Hotfix for the Exchange 2003 Greylisting Bug
- A common request is for Backup MX Services, which your ISP may offer. This blog posting explains why they are not a good idea and an alternative.
Managing the Exchange 2003 Server
- How to get a group to send a message back to the sender
- Use Public Folders to moderate a distribution group
- Many of the techniques on this site need an All Staff group - this page tells you what that is.
- How to hide a group or its membership, but still make the group useable by the users.
- You should secure your groups to ensure that they do not get abused. This page shows how you can make a small change to all of your groups which stops the abuse.
- How to make your distribution groups and public folders appear at the top of the Global Address List
- For an inexperienced Exchange server administrator, this one event can cause confusion. This page guides though what it is actually telling you.
- An overview of the Exchange database, its sizes and limitations. Covers all versions of Exchange.
Outlook Web Access
Exchange 2003 has been out of support with Microsoft since 8th April 2014.