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# 82083 21-Apr-2011 10:49
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So, I have one final step at home to move from SBS2003 to Exchange Server 2010 and that is the POP3 connector. This is included in SBS2003 and I would like to continue with an integrated offering, however, I certainly am not willing to pay over $200 for 2 users (my wife and I), does anyone have any recommendations?

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  # 461247 21-Apr-2011 10:55
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Your running Exchange for just you and your wife... haha nice.

Why not just run your server directly on the internet (port forward port 25 to it), you won't need a pop3 connector at all then?




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  # 461263 21-Apr-2011 11:44
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Before going to Microsoft BPOS I ran my own Exchange Server at home. Used POPCon for those accounts that I wanted checked (http://www.servolutions.com/popcon.htm).

Alternatively, use a GMail account to check your POP email and then set automatic forward to your Exchange server... All for free.





 
 
 
 


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  # 461271 21-Apr-2011 11:59
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Hotmail also supports POP email. So you have got GMail and Hotmail to choose from.




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  # 461283 21-Apr-2011 13:00
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I also used to use POPCon with Exchange 2003. Good product.

My somewhat left field approach to mail handling was to move my mail domain to become a Windows Live domain and to use the Outlook Office Connector to provide a very Exchange-like experience for mail, calendar & contacts for my wife and myself and a Windows Live Mail client connection to it for other family under the same domain. The standard web based Hotmail interface also works as a sort-of OWA equivalent. Also because Hotmail now also supports Exchange Activesync, it works on mobile devices too.

Certainly saves the hassle of running my own mail server and it's all zero cost as well.

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  # 461285 21-Apr-2011 13:04
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I didn't know that Hotmail did ActiveSync. That's pretty cool.

So I can setup hotmail and treat it like exchange? Fully synced via all ActiveSync capable devices?

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  # 461288 21-Apr-2011 13:06
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trig42: I didn't know that Hotmail did ActiveSync. That's pretty cool.

So I can setup hotmail and treat it like exchange? Fully synced via all ActiveSync capable devices?

Noice!

Yep, doing it on my iPhone

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trig42: I didn't know that Hotmail did ActiveSync. That's pretty cool.

So I can setup hotmail and treat it like exchange? Fully synced via all ActiveSync capable devices?

Noice!


Yep, also doing this on my Windows Phone 7 device. 




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  # 461613 22-Apr-2011 15:48
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POPcon looks like a starter.

ps. the whole Exchange at home started long ago when I wanted my Xtra email on my Vodafone WM5 (JasJar), this was addressed with SBS2003, but now I want a distributed solution so that I have future upgrade paths, primarily for Exchange & SharePoint.

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  # 461617 22-Apr-2011 16:00
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Probably cheaper to get on to Microsoft 365 Beta now (free until later this year) then just buy the number of seats you need monthly...






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  # 461619 22-Apr-2011 16:03
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not the cloud for me my friend, where's the fun in that. This whole effort is to learn the MS product set, two users provides me a little bit of insight into the operations of a domain, the actual features we use are somewhat secondary but still necessary in this exercise.



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  # 461911 24-Apr-2011 09:28
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Does anyone know of POPcon can use user supplied credentials rather than the administrator having to know the User ID and Password for the ISP mailbox (this is the case with POP3 Connector on SBS2003 which I would like to avoid)?

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  # 461926 24-Apr-2011 10:00
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Thanks, I expected that to be the case as I could not concieve a passthrough mechanism but it's always worth a crack.

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Ive got my own Exchange server at home as well and use a service called rollernet.us as a mail forwarder. My MX records point there first and then gets delivered to my server. The server turns itself off at midnight and back on again at 6 so all email just gets queued up at rollernet overnight and then forwarded on in the morning. Also means I dont lose any mail if my server should crash for any reason. 

Sure there are cheaper ways to do it but like you say, wheres the fun in that.  




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  # 463752 29-Apr-2011 15:14
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Thanks guys, none of the offerings I've looked at appear to be integrated into Exchange like the SBS2003 POP3 connector, so I think I'll explore a Linux solution (appliance if one exists)

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