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How to publish Exch2010 on alternate IP for testing

How to publish Exch2010 on alternate IP for testing

How to publish Exch2010 on alternate IP for testing

I hate to beat a dead horse but...
I am getting closer to moving mailboxes etc and I would like to be clear on what I need to do.
ShackDaddy (on another thread) stated he tests by "publishing on an alternate IP...and then using a hosts file on an external pc/notebook....
I am thinking this means adding an MX record to point to new server (my MX record currently shows 4 of postinis servers)?
and I do not truly understand how I could test my ssl

I appreciate any help

RE: How to publish Exch2010 on alternate IP for testing

Create a new firewall rule that points a new public IP to your new server's internal IP. Then forward the proper ports.

You should be able to use https://newpublicIP/owa to get the new server's OWA page, although with a security warning since the cert name doesn't match.

Now on a client that's outside the network (your laptop at home, etc) configure a local host file entry that maps the public name (whatever's on your cert) to the new IP. Do an IPCONFIG /flushdns after you save the host file.

Now you should be able to test OWA and Outlook Anywhere from that laptop and ensure that things will work properly from the outside without having to take your normal production server offline. Remember that you are testing on the new server with an account/mailbox that you've already moved over to the new server.

Dave Shackelford

RE: How to publish Exch2010 on alternate IP for testing

Thanks Shackdaddy

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