I am a developer, and have a home lab. On it, I have a fully functional exchange server, and I would like to build apps where I can test its integration.
A long story short, I am unable to send or receive emails to the outside world as I am a Comcast Residential customer, and that's okay.
However, I would like to know if there is a way to proxy my inbound/outbound emails. I also have a virtual machine on Azure so if there is a specific redirection of traffic that I can make to and from that, it would be useful.
Another option that I thought of, and I don't know that its even possible, is this, is there a way to get a static IP from another service, and still be able to use it with my current provider?
Lastly, if I use Azure in the cloud with a VPN connection into my network, can I force my inbound/outbound traffic through that, to use its external IP address for mail?
Please help me describe any (or multiple) scenarios as listed above. This is very helpful.
PS: Please be nice, I am a rising infrastructure geek :), but a hard core developer!