1. If you have more than one server where you have mx records for both, then all mail will get routed to your second server. This server will queue your mail until the first server is back up. However, if you loose your Internet connection and only have one ISP then mail will bounce. You can see if your ISP can queue mail for you, I hear some will do it for free, others don't do it at all. If they don't there are third party solutions where companies will queue the mail for you for a nominal fee. For example zoneedit.com.
2. Exchange standard is not limited to one domain, so you can accept mail for multiple domains.
3. Yes all data is held within the DBs, for more control, you will have to use archiving applications. These applications can archive emails, or just attachments and store them elsewhere.
From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Helder Coelhas
Sent: Sun 4/16/2006 2:04 PM
Subject: [ExchangeList] Questions about Exchange Server2003
The company i work for is planning to buy and install Exchange Server 2003, and it`s my job to figure if it fits the needs we expect it to. So I would appreciate that anyone with the proper knowledge would answer my doubts, as I an completely ignorant in Exchange. So here it goes:
1: The server where it will eventually run can not guarantee an uptime of 100%. Is it possible to have the mail delivered to two distinct servers when one fails?
2: From the Exchange specs I have noticed that the standard version can only support one database. Can we still have multiple domains of email being delivered to that server, or is it one database, one domain, and therefore we would need the enterprise version?
3: The database in exchange server 2003 is used to keep all the information? For instance if someone receives a large attachment in an email is it stored as well in this database, or is it possible to have another destination for these kind of files.
4: Let`s say we reach the database size limit, is it possible to archive the entire database, in case in the future we need to retrieve an old email?
Thanks very much in advance, Helder.