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We are currently using a Microsoft Exchange HOSTED email provider.
The problem is our slow Internet line and upload speed is worst - so Outlook keeps losing the connection and attachments stay in the outbox sometimes permanently until we delete them, which messes up sending/receive entirely.  We had an ONSITE Exchange server before so we didn't have any of these issues are emails were hitting the server onsite and the server would send them out.  I didn't setup the previous server but I think it was just accepting pop email from the pop email provider and relaying it (old server had Windows 2008 Small business server).  Outlook keeps losing the connection and it's getting very frustrating.

The server now has Windows 2008 R2 Standard (old server replaced). The server is pretty beefy (poweredge 710, 2X Intel XeonE5620 2.4Ghz, 2X PSU, 16GB, RAID 6).  It's currently being used only as a file server.

What do you guys recommend?  Should I just setup Exchange in house again? I'd obviously install Exchange 2010 right?

asked 11/11/2011 01:43

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I was a big advocate of internal mail servers until we switched to Google Apps.  We are a non-profit, so it was a no brainer as Google gave us the Education edition. Email always worked.

Recently, we were merged with a larger entity and had to switch back to an Internal Exchange server using Outlook and Outlook for Web.  I have received more complaints about moving back to exchange than I did when we move from Exchange to Google.

You CAN use Outlook with Google Apps, but we finally asked our users to use just the web interface.  It has all the features and is easy to use.  One 'issue' that we never overcame was the Google Apps doesn't let you see the Group Memebers.  This may have been fixed recently as they merged the Apps groups and Google Groups.

We added the Postini services, which cost us about the same as our old server maintenance costs.  We therefore received more for our money.  In know there is a cost for the Business edition, but I can't comment on the cost comparison.

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If exchange 2010 sp1 or above is designed and setup correctly and also your adds infrastructure you should not have any issues.Is the os on the server 64 bit? Is the sever also ur only DC?
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answered 2011-11-11 at 09:54:30

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yes only DC. yes 64 bit.
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answered 2011-11-11 at 10:25:02

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Are you happy with your hosted providers service? Can you upgrade your isp to business class broadband 2 mbps up 12 down? Can you change ur hosted exchange to mapi no pop?
If yes then you should stick with hosted.

If not, u can bring exchange inhouse, but it is not recommended to install it on your DC, u should install on another server with no services (does not have to be very beefy if u have less than 50 users and are going to limit mb size)

If you have the skills to admin exchange then your roi will be quick and operating expense lower....again you would have to do the math if your useer base is in the 100 's and if u have to outsource exchange admin and service
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answered 2011-11-11 at 10:28:21

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hosted exchange solution is great. the problem is that the area we're in does not have high speed Internet available.  Yeah we have only 11 users.
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answered 2011-11-11 at 10:39:42

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As long as you are comfortable administering it, inhouse would be cheaper in the long run.
Not recommended to run Exchange 2010 SP1 on a DC, prefferred another box (does not have to be beefy for 11 users) or you can move to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

I am not a fan of SMB, but it does work. I would recommend running Exc on a second box though
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answered 2011-11-11 at 10:42:29

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Wolf: You're recommending that I setup Exchange on a separate box on WSB Server 2011?
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answered 2011-11-13 at 08:07:59

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