Thursday, May 20, 2010

Misc 25

By default only the Administrator user has a mailbox. Now we'll go through a quick example to create a mailbox for a user, then go through setting up of two clients.
In versions of Exchange prior to 2007, mailboxes used to be defined from within Active Directory Users and Computers. In 2007, they decided to separate management of Exchange into its own console. For 2010, we'll have to use the Exchange Management Console accessible from the Start menu.

From here, click on the second item and wait for the server to initialize itself. When it's done, browse on over to Recipient Configuration - Mailbox. Click on New Mailbox. The following wizard should be quite simple to follow through.

Now you should have two mailboxes which you can play with. I'll assume that you've set your DNS appropriately (e.g. to the Domain Controller of your site). Now we'll proceed to a client computer and launch Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

From the New Email Account wizard, select the first option to connect to an Exchange server.

Select manually configure and proceed.

Finally, click on Microsoft Exchange and complete the form that follows. It should be pretty self-explanatory for you.

Now your computer should be connected to the Exchange Server. Mails can now be sent and received. You can first try to send yourself one.

Now, it's the ultimate test. First send a mail to the Administrator account using the format Administrator@yourdomain.com. How do you check it? You can use another computer's Outlook, or you can use this as a good chance to test your Exchange Web App. To access Exchange Web App, simply use https://yourdomain.com/owa/ or any other format you've specified during installation. Remember that HTTPS is required on 2007 and 2010 by default. You would not be able to connect through HTTP.

Now, if you left the settings at default, OWA should be using form-based login like Hotmail.

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