To begin, I am a home user of Exchange Servers for about ten years now, breaking the rule of only asking business environment questions here because…it is Exchange…and wouldn’t get a look at superuser.
I currently have Server 2016 chugging along on my LAN but when I found some cheap keys for Server and Exchange 2019 a few months ago, I quickly found myself lost like a noob. I totally borked that install, but I’ve found another cheap key so I’m at it again.
I’ve never had to configure Active Directory and just always created .local mailboxes.
I’m at the stage of prep where I’m adding DNS and AD role through GUI, and I’m stuck at the “new forest” part. I’m tempted to just put in another fictional .local name. On the other hand, I might be making a fatal error.
I’m also wondering if SMTP will need to follow an article I found saying set that up with localhost anyway.
Any help would be appreciated.