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What do i need to use a linux machine within a MS Windows 95
based network. I want to use the same MS Mail Postoffice...
e.g. x:\wgpo0000   something like that.
Is there any software already somewhere or any other solution?
Or do i really need the exchange server ?
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by:jantypas
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Can't give you an exact answer, but I may some some help here.

I assume the post office server accepts TCP/IP clients such as Eurdora etc.  And, I'll assume that that server can send mail OUT to SMTP servers.  If so, there is no reason you can't convince Linux to work with it.

First, it depends on what you want to run on Linux.  Sendmail and smail are both included, and you can get qmail or exim as well.  All work, but it depends on how fancy you want to get.

- Sendmail - the standard, but a bear to configure - you
             can do just about anything with it.
- Smail - good for standard situations, and easy to maintain
- qMail - good for standard IP situations, but doesn't handle
          uucp well.
- exim  - filters well

I'd suggest smail.  Since your using the post office as the hub, you don't need to use all of sendmail's features.  In smail, you'd say something like:

smart_host = name_of_machine_where_post_office_is

and leave yourself with an empty "routers" file that defines only the smart host.  Therefore, anything not local to the Linux machine will be sent to the postoffice for delivery.
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by:smart091197
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The MS Postoffice from Windows 95 is NO server.
I don't want to install exchange server unless someone say that i must.

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More Information is needed.

Do you want to access your MS Mail post office from the linux machine or do you want to host a MS Mail post office from the linux machine?

If you want to access the MS Mail post office from the linux box your will need to purchase third party software to allow the MS Mail post office for SMTP or POP3 access.  Another option would be to use a DOS emulator under linux to run MS Mail on the linux machine. I have successfully run lotus notes under DOSEMU for linux to get mail from a Novel lotus notes server, so I am sure the dos version of MS Mail could also be ran.

If you want to just offer EMAIL services to your Windows 95 machines using MS Mail, I would suggest against it. Many better email solutions are available using standard SMTP or POP3 clients for Windows 95.

As a MS Exchange 5.0 Administrator, I would suggest AGAINST using Exchange unless you have a need for the advanced features of the Exchange server.  You will have a less headaches and more money to spend on other things if you go with a SMTP/POP3 solution under linux, IMHOP.


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by:smart091197
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Thanks very much...

The thing is that there is a Windows 95 MS Mail Postoffice
running on an Novell server.  
This is a simple directory named: ...\WPGO0000
So no exchange server is running.... just Windows95 Ms Mail.
I am searching a client to just access this postoffice.
I know that this is no a good one thing but... my boss asked me.
...
Anyhow thats very very much... the idea over the DOSEMU could be a good thing ... so i`ll try out...
Michael
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