Exchange Server question

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  1. schmack

    schmack Professional Lurker OT Supporter

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    A friend of mine is starting his first day as a network admin for a small company. He is straight out of college and has no clue what he's doing. He trying to set up an email account on Exchange server. He can send and receive email to the domain the server is on but not the outside world. He's pretty much :Owned:

    Anybody have any ideas of things he should check?
     
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    DNS settings...
     
  3. Scoob_13

    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    :ugh: What was his major? MIS? Is his name Jeff by chance?
     
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    He was a CIS major at Radford in Virginia. The kid's really smart, but this place is just asking too much of him. They develop websites, host, and apparently are a small ISP. My buddy is the only computer guy. They only have 5 employees and 3 are management. Basically, he has two weeks to become proficient in ASP, CSS, web standards, Exchange Server, and NT administration.

    He's hosed.
     
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    BTW, not Jeff.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    definitey hosed.

    ...and he should ask for a raise if he manages to do it.
     
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    they're an ISP and he is their only computer guy???

    and he just started?
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    AOL?
     
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    The way my buddy talks, they are one of these $10 a month small, hometown ISP's. The sad part is that nobody will tell him enough for him to know what the company actually does.

    I'm giving him a crash course in ASP this weekend :eek3:
     
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    Damn. Knew a guy in highschool that was MIS-bound and a total douchebag :o Just wanted to know if I could laugh at him :hs:
     
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    Well, tell him to head down to a good bookstore and pick up the "Administering Exchange 2000" equivilent of whatever they've got, or go to an online place and get next-day early morning delivery.

    Or if he can figure it out, get him to let one of us RDP into his server and we'll set it up for a modest house, er, fee :o
     
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    :rofl: That's hilarious cause I'm trying to get him to see if they will outsource some of the ASP work to me. If this company is in as foul shape as it seems, maybe I could get work for half of OT :x:

    But I doubt it. They are a bunch of cheap bastages :wtc:
     
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    Is he their CIO or something?
     
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    Nope, I think his title is just web developer but he inherited the mail server and network admin roles too.

    Bwahahahaha, I just got a message from him on my cell. The server died and he couldn't get it back to life. Hosed I say.
     
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    I sent him the info. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks :bigthumb:
     
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    Turns out he didn't configure the spam filter correctly when he set up his new account. That also opened up another can of worms. Apparently, somebody has been routing spam through the server. Now their domain has been put on a bunch of spam databases.

    BTW, I mentioned he was hired as an ASP web developer and inherited the network. He needs to have his first project completed in 1 month. I have been doing web applications for 4 years and taking a look at the specs, I would say even a pro would take 3 months just to do a decent job. He's a total noob.

    Hosed I say! At least he's working right now. He graduated in December and this was his first offer. Wasn't for a lack of trying either. He was averaging about 2 interviews a week :hs:
     
  17. Scoob_13

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    He'll pretty much have to contact all of the major vendors out there to get his domain removed from their lists. I assume that he locked it down?

    I would also suggest that he approach his supervisors/owners, and talk with them and state that judging on the estimates that he's taken his own time to get, that the web project will take at least 3 months of dedicated time, not including his time spent fixing their servers, computers, and bringing things up to speed. Most owners/supervisors would appreciate their honesty, the update on the situation, and would end up trusting him more.

    And besides, if he pulls all of that shit off in a month, they'll expect him to deliver Fort Knox to their door :o
     

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