Re: WIndows 2003 SMTP

  • From: "Deb" <deb.l.pearson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2005 07:00:25 -0700

I want to thank everyone for your comments. I have learned a bunch just
from reading your replies. My current environment consists of a firewall,
a HP/Compaq VMS server running PMDF (full-blown MTA with filtering), many
multi-vendor servers (windows, UNIX, HP) and Exchange.  With the soon to
be migration from Exchange 5.5 to 2003, we were contemplating the use of
Windows SMTP as the MTA instead of the VMS server running PMDF.

With all your comments, my feeling is to put in place a Windows 2003 SMTP
server, but still keep my VMS server.  This adds another hop to mail and
data transmissions, but I'm told that if and when we ever decided to use
Windows 2003 as our primary SMTP/MTA server, it's better to put it into
place now then to add it later.  Our Exchange migration will happen in the
next month - which is way to early for me to decide what MTA I would move
to if I moved off the VMS server.  However, I do want the infrastructure
in place just in case.

Something that PMDF gives me is the ability to work at the OS level and
manipulate logs, change configurations, and generate reports.  In
addition, PMDF works on a queue level, so have a lot of control what is
processed and what does not. I am not seeing any of this possible with
Windows 2000/3, so now I understand the use of layered apps on the
SMTP/MTA server.

Comments still welcomed!

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