Greetings, In your experience, what is better for a small business (8-10 email accounts): having your own email server, or using a web hosts' 'virtual' email server? Let me explain where this is coming from: I've been looking into the different options that we have for our email system. Recently, we had to change web hosts, and that required updating of our DNS records, which broke our existing email system. That is, we were running an Exchange server in our building, which was backed up nightly. We felt as though this was a good method of ensuring that our email service was reliable, and especially that we had control over our emailing 'history' if something should happen to the server (or service). Our web site was hosted by a web hosting company, mainly to ensure uptime and reasonable loading times of the site, as our little connection to the web would probably not be 100% reliable. When the web host switch happened, our Exchange server was able to send outgoing mail, but incoming mail was the problem. Now, with the changeover of hosts, we're using the 'virtual' email server provided by the new host. Our staff are happy because they can use webmail (or, more usefully, they can set up their mail client to work the in the same way on the road as in the office). But, we're a little uneasy with the backup situation - the host is proud of their daily backups (kept for 15 days). This backup is great, except that a full history of email can't be kept on their server (I suppose it could, but you'd have to pay for the space), and, if something should happen to the hosting company (go out of business, start having poor service, etc), WE don't have the backup... So - I'm contemplating taking back control over our email server... using Leopard Server. I'm sick of Exchange/Outlook/Entourage - love some of the features, but hate the 'lock-in'. We have a fairly basic connection to the web (through Bell) with a fixed IP address. It should be possible to have Leopard Server set up to serve email within the building, and hopefully give access to our team while on the road, correct? Ultimately, my question is this: How hard is it to set this type of thing up in OSX Server? (For reference, I'm not a networking expert, and for anything critical, I would seek the advice of an Apple networking consultant). I'm thinking of trying it out on a 'new' network (a pretend business, or something like that). Should I bother doing this, or go straight to the consultant?? I do enjoy figuring this type of thing out, but will I be getting in over my head? Any thoughts or comments (or alternatives to our email backup conundrum) would be much appreciated! Thanks! PS - My apologies if this isn't 'focused' enough - also, apologies if info is missing - I'm just curious for the feel of the responses (typically, in the research I've done, people suggest "the only way of doing this is..." except that MY situation is different from theirs).