How to Configure Exchange Server 2003

Configuring Microsoft Exchange 2003 to utilize your company's domain name with every user's e-mail address can be done by simply following the program's configuration prompts. Before you begin, you must already have obtained a domain name that you will be using within the Microsoft Exchange server. Then follow the subsequent steps to achieve configuration.


  1. 1
    Click on the "Microsoft Exchange" icon. This is typically located on your computer's desktop; if it is not, go to "Start", then select "Applications" and click on "Microsoft Exchange."
  2. 2
    Open the "Exchange System-Manager."
  3. 3
    Select the "Recipients" folder from the column on the left. This will open up to show several other folders within the "Recipients" folder.
  4. 4
    Select the "Recipient Policies" folder towards the bottom of the opened list. This will typically show a "Default Policy" unless a configuration of Microsoft Exchange has already taken place.
  5. 5
    Double click the "Default Policy" selection in the middle screen of the Exchange System-Manager window.
  6. 6
    Scroll down to select "Properties." This will open up the Default Policy Properties window and prompts to configure your Microsoft Exchange 2003.
  7. 7
    Select the "E-Mail Addresses (Policy)" tab. This will list the domains that are supported by your Microsoft Exchange server.
  8. 8
    Click on the "New" button towards the bottom of the window. Here you can add an additional acceptable inbound domain.
  9. 9
    Select the "SMTP Address" option within the New E-mail Address window since emails sent over the internet use a SMTP protocol. Click "OK."
  10. 10
    Enter the domain name in which you wish to receive e-mail in the "Address" field. Be sure to being your domain name with the "@" symbol. For example, type in "" into the field. Click "OK." Your new SMTP address will now be added to the Default Policy Properties window.
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    Click in the empty box next to the new domain address you have just set up in order to enable it with a check mark. Click "OK." This will prompt you to add the new SMTP address to all new users. Click "Yes" to do so and the newly configured Microsoft Exchange domain address will apply to all new users.


  • Register your Microsoft Exchange 2003 program online; the steps to do so are listed within the program's packaging or the program will prompt you to do so upon setup. Registering your Microsoft Exchange will allow you to be current with Microsoft Exchange updates, downloads, features and technical support as well as keeping the product number, serial number, and all other pertinent information online for safe and easy access when configuring Exchange, updating, or re-installing the program.

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