Thanks for all the great info. I have a few more questions RE your email. Thanks so much for your help. I am new to all of this and it is a little scary! Server Hardware - Have you considered what type of hardware will be needed to run your mail server? You will need a powerful pc to handle the work load. Memory and processing power will be quickly consumed by mail and supporting services. Hosting - Have you registered a Domain name already? YES, this has been taken care of. - How is your mail traffic allocated? Internal to your office or international - in and out of the country? Currently we have internal users on an Exchange server for Internal mail. They have Internet mail setup in outlook and the client downloads the mail from our ISP. This is what we will be changing. We will have a separate server for Internet mail and the client will still do the downloading. - Do your users need remote access to get their emails from outside your office? If so will your server be running 24hrs a day? We are not certain on this yet. Mail Server Software -Exchange 2000, however, your user license may determine how many users can be configured on the server. - I would like to use something other than Exchange server because of the expense. We also want to make sure that we are secure. Security - Will you be installing a firewall product to monitor and block unauthorized access? - Definitely! - Have you considered scanning incoming and out going email for viruses? - We will be installing software to take care of this. - Who will be hosting your DNS services? I am guessing that this will be forwarded to us from our current ISP. I know that this takes some time. - SMTP access policy. An improperly configured server may be a target for mail relay. - Do you have any references for best practices etc??? Redundant Power Backup - Do you have any UPS backup protection? - Definitely Technical Support - Who will be handling user administration once the server is deployed? - That would be me. We only have 125 users and do not plan on major growth. Exchange 2000 is my best bet for Email Software. However, for pop3 downloads you would need a pop3 connector, check www.isaserver.org <http://www.isaserver.org/> for some free software. - If my users are all using Outlook they should be able to download mail no matter what server we use correct? -----Original Message----- From: Faizal Khan [mailto:mis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 2:20 PM To: [ExchangeList] Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Internet Email Server http://www.MSExchange.org/ Lorie, Something you think about before hosting your own mail server.