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How to use the Recipient Update Service

Learn how to use the Recipient Update Service to configure multiple servers in the same organization to share the same recipient update policy.

We currently have a single e-mail server on our domain. We plan to move e-mail accounts into two separate servers using Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 for staff and students. However, we would like to keep the same e-mail address format -- user@jsums.edu -- for everybody. What is the best way to set up this scheme?
The Recipient Update Service (RUS) is an Exchange 2000/Exchange 2003 service that updates the recipient objects within a domain with specific types of information. You can schedule appropriate intervals to update the recipient objects. For example, the RUS updates recipient objects with address list membership and e-mail addresses at intervals scheduled by the administrator.

Two servers in the same forest/organization would share the same recipient update policy as defined for that enterprise. I think it would be worthwhile checking out information on RUS so you better understand the answer -- which is yes.

You can have the same proxy address span multiple servers, as long as you specify the policy to stamp a particular address space. Please take a moment to look at Microsoft's Recipient Update Service and the following screen shots.

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