Testing new Exchange installation; step 2

Continuing on from my blog entry from Dec 2nd, after you get the server installed I like to reboot the server.
After a reboot, I make sure all the Exchange services start, no errors exist in event viewer, then I install the latest updates… follow this link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937052
At the time of this writing, “update rollup 5” is out.

Again I reboot, make sure all the Exchange services start, no errors exist in event viewer, then
I test email flow within, across servers, and in-out from Internet.

The easiest way to do this is setup a test account on the new server. This means create a new user account and new mailbox on the Exchange 2007 server using the Exchange Management console. I make the password pretty simple, so I can’t fat finger it.
I typically use OWA for testing. That means I type https://servername/owa and say yes to any prompts due to the self signed certificate.
It cuts out any issues that might exist with outlook the client and the Exchange server.

1. Send yourself a test message. It should show up in the Inbox instantly.
2. Send a test message from this test account to a working account on the old server, then send it back.
3. Send a test message from this test account to your gmail, yahoo, or something like that. Then send it back.
4. Launch OWA from the server console. I make sure I see the same thing in OWA as I see in Outlook.

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