Microsoft Outlook Exchange Server - Pros and Cons?

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  1. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

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    Hello all, my company is installing an exchange server for email. I believe we are getting a new server with (Microsoft 2002 server) installed.

    What are the pro's and con's about an Exchange server. I am very concerned about viruses (especially the new ones that haven't been added to the latest definitions)
     
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    Pros: Corporate BigWigs will be happy, because it's what everyone else at the golf course has.

    Cons: Expensive, Security Nightmare, Virus Nightmare, Not Standards based, very difficult to restore from backup.

    And that's just getting me started.

    See if you can have them put the Exchange server behind a firewall, and put a standards based secure MTA infront of it, just to pass the mail to the Exchange server after doing virus & spam handling.

    Are you in the IT department?
     
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    Many users really like Outlook. That's the reason to use exchange. Other than that, it's a pain from the IT perspective.
     
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    Outlook is not included with Windows. You're thinking of Outlook Express which does not work with Exchange.

    For a small-medium company, the speed performance of a mail server is not the issue and the management of the server is probably the most important issue.

    Also, trying to find someone to setup and manage a UNIX based system is typically much more difficult than finding equivalent skills for Windows-based products.
     
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    Hey Mark, ask your IT friend to check out this anti-spam add-on for Microsoft Outlook (not Express, yet):

    http://www.cloudmark.com

    I'm not sure if it plugs into Exchange Server, but at least it will stop 99% of all incoming viruses and spam.

    I'm using the consumer version. It's supposed to be $1.00/month for private use, although for some reason I didn't have to pay anything. It may be still in beta however.
     
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