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Exchange 2013 in a workgroup

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  • Hi All,

    I understand Exchange 2013 has to be setup in a domain with AD.
    We have 4 sites, each setup with local workgroups. Users logon to their machines with local admin accounts.

    I know it would be nice to move all of the 250 users over to AD structure, however that isn't feasible at this time.

    My question is this:
    I need to migrate from a POP3 server, to Exchange 2013. Can I just set up the server (Server 2012 Std + Exch 2013 Std) as a DC + AD, but just that machine in its own domain?
    Will the users be able to access OWA of that server from their respective workgroups? (I don't plan on setting up Outlook on 250 machines...)

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Regards, Minty
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:31 AM

Answers

  • Yes you can do it, but installing exchange server on domain controller is not recommended.
    And Yes, users in Work Group can access OWA.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd298140(v=exchg.150).aspx

    You going to need SSL Cert, recommended is UC Cert for OWA to access over the internet.


    Cheers,

    Gulab Prasad

    Technology Consultant

    Blog: http://www.exchangeranger.com    Twitter:   LinkedIn:
       Check out CodeTwo’s tools for Exchange admins

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    • Marked as answer by minty1978 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:10 PM
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:51 AM

All replies

  • Yes you can do it, but installing exchange server on domain controller is not recommended.
    And Yes, users in Work Group can access OWA.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd298140(v=exchg.150).aspx

    You going to need SSL Cert, recommended is UC Cert for OWA to access over the internet.


    Cheers,

    Gulab Prasad

    Technology Consultant

    Blog: http://www.exchangeranger.com    Twitter:   LinkedIn:
       Check out CodeTwo’s tools for Exchange admins

    Note: Posts are provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.

    • Marked as answer by minty1978 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:10 PM
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:51 AM
  • Thanks for the reply Gulab.

    I think I will go down the hosted route, until I am a little more skilled in Exchange Servers..

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:11 PM
  • Hosted environment will make sense as you have small environment.
    Almost everyone is in WorkGroup
    Check out Office365.


    Cheers,

    Gulab Prasad

    Technology Consultant

    Blog: http://www.exchangeranger.com    Twitter:   LinkedIn:
       Check out CodeTwo’s tools for Exchange admins

    Note: Posts are provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:12 PM