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IGetMail - How to Setup Exchange Server 2000

Follow the steps below to correctly configure your Exchange Server 2000 email server for general use, and for use with IGetMail.

Pre-Installation Checklist

Make sure you have all of the following steps in place before you setup Exchange Server 2000.

For simplicity we are assuming you are setting up a small office where one machine will be used for both the Active Directory and the Exchange Server. This setup works just fine and reduces the number of machines to maintain. If you have a larger office you may want to consider separating the Active Directory machine and the Exchange 2000 Server.

  1. You must have Service Pack 1 or higher installed before installing Exchange 2000.
    If you have not installed the latest service pack go to and download the latest service pack.
    You should always install the latest service packs when they are available. The installation is typically straight forward, where the service pack will stop the Exchange Server, update the program files, and restart Exchange Server. Your data should remain intact.

  2. You must have IIS (Internet Information Server) installed.
    When you install IIS, you should select the typical install that includes an SMTP component.

  3. Make sure your networking has DNS setup.
    If you use DHCP, the DNS setting should be set, if you do not use DHCP then make sure that you have entered your DNS server names. Exchange Server will use your DNS settings when it sends e-mail to the Internet.

  4. You must have Active Directory setup. 
    To setup active directory, go to Start -> Programs -> Administrative tools -> Configure your server.
    Select Active Directory from the left hand panel, then select "Start" in the right hand panel to start the setup wizard.

    1. Select "Domain controller for a new domain" 

    2. Take the default - Create a new domain tree 

    3. Create a new forest of domain trees 

    4. When it asks for your full DNS name - enter the name of your domain that you have registered. This would be the name to the right of the "@" for your email address, such as ""

    5. Accept the Netbios equivalent of your domain in our case "YourCompany"

    6. Select the locations you want to store the databases

    7. Accept the location of the system folder

    8. On the permissions screen select what is appropriate for your network; if all machines are Windows 2000, then select the only Windows 2000 permissions. Otherwise use the default for compatibility.

    9. Create a password to administer the directory.

    10. Review your configuration and accept by pressing Next.

    After pressing next - the Active Directory configuration wizard will spend several minutes creating the directory for you. When it is complete press finish and reboot the computer.

Configuring the Exchange Server 2000

Run the Exchange Server Setup - it will walk you through the following wizard

  1. Agree to the licenses agreement 

  2. Enter your serial number

  3. The next screen will prompt you to select what components you want to install.  The typical configuration is selected. This should be fine with most installation.  If you need you can enable any additional services you wish.

  4. At the installation type screen - we are setting up a new organization, so we have used the default selection “Create a new Exchange Organization”.

  5. At the organization name screen - enter the name of your company

  6. Agree to the license statement

  7. Review the your selections and press next to begin

The installation wizard will now install the components you have selected - this will take several minutes to 1/2 hour.  When it is complete you are ready to add your users.

Adding E-Mail Users

Go to the start menu -> Programs -> Microsoft Exchange -> Active Directory Users and Computers

On the left hand side of the screen, select users.  Then right click in the right hand panel and select "New" and at the sub menu select "User". You will be presented with a wizard where you enter the users name and e-mail address. Then press next and enter that users password and press next. On the last screen select that you want to create an Exchange Mailbox. When you press finish the user is created and you are ready to enter another user name.

Set the Relay for Exchange Server 2000

By default Exchange Server has a setting to deny relaying. Too many spammers were finding open Exchange Servers to forward their e-mail through to hide their identity, so Microsoft changed the default to not allow e-mail to be transferred through the Exchange Server unless the sender is authenticated.

To authenticate IGetMail and to tell Exchange that IGetMail is OK to send mail to it, follow these steps:

  1. Open the MS Exchange System Manager

  2. In the left hand panel, expand "Servers", then expand the name of your server, then expand "Protocols", then expand "SMTP"

  3. Under the SMTP protocol will be an item labeled "Default Virtual SMTP Server". Right-click on this and choose "Properties"

  4. At the Properties dialog, switch tabs to the "Access" tab, and select the button labeled "Relay"

  5. On the "Relay Restrictions" dialog, press the "Add" button.

  6. Enter the IP address of the machine that you have installed IGetMail on. This will grant IGetMail the right to send e-mail to the Exchange Server.

IGetMail should now be able to send your e-mail to your Exchange Server.

Note:  This does not open your Exchange Server up for spammers.  Since the IP address you entered is your own internal address it does not exist on the Internet.



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