Hiya folks – I am the publisher of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer (SBSC, 70-282 exam cram) and I post up passages as a virtual book reading. This topics continues the ongoing discussion to configure MS SBS 2003 fgor remote communications, etc.
Configure Windows Small Business
Server 2003 for Networking and
If you installed Exchange on your server, the CEICW can configure the SMTP connector required for Exchange and specify how to send and receive e-mail. Here you would choose the DNS delivery method, either Use DNS to send e-mail or Forward all e-mail to an ISP. Either way will work. There is an added benefit to using a smarthost (e-mail server at the ISP) to filter outgoing mail in case you have a virus running lose on your network. If you select this option, Exchange will forward all e-mail using SMTP to the smarthost as shown in Figure 7-6.
If you use POP3 mail at the ISP, you can configure the POP3 connector to route the e-mail to individual mailboxes and select whether to E-mail from the Internet is delivered directly to my server or E-mail from the Internet is held at my ISP until my server sends a signal. If you choose the latter- holding the messages at the ISP-you have to decide to then either use TURN
after Authentication (requires user name and password) or ETRN (requires a static IP). You still have to have Exchange installed for the POP3 connector to work, and this gives you the added benefit of using all the Exchange features and being able to access your e-mail via OWA or through RWW. Figure 7-7 shows where you would select to use Exchange, or by checking the box Use the Microsoft Connector for POP3 Mailboxes, enable mail retrieval from the POP3 mailbox.
Select to use Exchange only or POP3 mailbox retrieval to then route e-mail into selected Exchange mailboxes.
Moving clients away from POP3 accounts to use only the Exchange server is easy. Just re-run the CEICW and uncheck the POP3 box!
More information on configuring the POP3 connector is located further down
this chapter under Recommend and Implement an E-mail Solution.
Chapter 7 Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2003
Removing E-mail Attachments
Not to be confused with anti-virus software, the last configuration screen in the CEICW allows you to remove unwanted attachments before they go into users’ mailboxes. Our example in Figure 7-8 shows the removal of files with the .avi extension – a simple and cost effective way of keeping silly movies out of the office environment, or any other file types you would not want to circulate on your network. This is an SBS-only value-add only to be found in the CEICW!
Remove unwanted files using the file extension before they hit users’ inboxes.
Configuring Remote Access
Another favorite of mine is the Remote Access Wizard. I call it the “three-click wizard,” even though it really takes five clicks, but who’s counting? The Remote Access Wizard configures:
- Dial-in access
- VPN Connectivity
Dial-in access requires a modem and phone line and is seldom used anymore in my neighborhood. VPN allows access through a secure Internet connection. To take advantage of the Download Connection Manager (available in RWW), you must configure the server name for the VPN using the FQDN (fully qualified domain name). This way, users can just connect to RWW and click on the Download Connection Manager link, installing a shortcut icon on their desktop from which they can launch the VPN connection. Voila! No more client-side configuration needed.
There are five PPTP ports configured for VPN and you could also enable support for L2TP/IPsec, which would require manual configuration steps in RRAS. If you find that you are in need of more than five VPN ports, you can add additional ports in RRAS by selecting the PORTS node. Go to Properties, click on WAN Miniport (PPTP), and then click on Configure and increase the amount in the Maximum ports box.
Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation
MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)