Using Hosted Exchange Server, mostly because I use an iPhone, webmail & Outlook on 2 laptops. I want to keep everything consistent and unfragmented. Also, I want push notifications.

  1. I have 2 domains, a professional one & a personal one.
  2. Each domain has about 5 (give or take) email addresses I use for various purposes.
  3. Each domain also has a few parked domains (.net, .org, .info) aliased to the .com domain.

I would like to keep emails from the 2 domains separated. Do I need an extra mail box, meaning extra expense or can I create another Exchange user on the same mailbox and create an extra account in Outlook? In either case I will have to wait for iOS4 on the iPhone to manage 2 Exchange accounts. Or am I better off just using a set of rules and folders?

The aliased domains are another joy to behold entirely. It looks like I will have to add each email address variant individually. Alternatively, I reckon I may just leave the aliased domains at the pop3 host and let Outlook gather those as edge-cases.

Surely I can't be the only one making my life this difficult. Anyone out there done this?

From the left field - is this (much) easier in gMail? I'm not committed to Exchange (yet).

[edit] or should I just use IMAP with my original host? [/edit]

Previously I used Outlook as a pop3 client with a set of filters to direct incoming traffic to folders. This worked with the aliased domains because my host directed all the aliased TLDs to the same mailbox.

  • Years later... Google apps. Done. – CAD bloke May 29 '17 at 7:14

UPDATE 2: Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) offers free e-mail hosting on your own domain name at http://domains.live.com/, with up to 50 accounts. It supports push e-mail on the iPhone and is supported in Outlook 2013.

This is worth exploring for those who weren’t lucky enough to be grandfathered in to the free version of Google Apps.

UPDATE: As of December, 2012, you can no longer sign up for free Google Apps. Paid accounts are available for $50 per user per year, and they continue to support ActiveSync as well as the Outlook plug-in.

I can't speak to hosted Exchange, but given that Gmail (actually Google Apps for Your Domain) is free for up to 50 users, you could easily set up two domains. They support ActiveSync, so once iOS 4 comes out you should be home free, setting it up as two "Exchange" accounts. You can add domain aliases, so you@yourcompany.com and you@yourcompany.net would both go to the same mailbox.

Note, however, that it only supports the ActiveSync protocol, not the full Exchange Web Services protocol used by Outoook. Google does provide a plug-in for Outlook that gives full functionality, but it requires the Premier Edition ($50 per year, per user).

With the free Standard Edition you'll need to use IMAP to inter-operate with Outlook, and I'm not sure how it will deal with calendars and contacts. Of course you could use their web-based interfaces, which are quite good.

  • This is exactly what I did. It works like a charm and was a piece of cake to set up. – CAD bloke Sep 6 '10 at 5:10

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