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We have a Windows based network (95 and WFW 3.11) but we would like to set up a Linux server so that it can act as the mail server for the users who use these machines.  How do we do that and how do we get our existing e-mail software (MS Exchange) to communicate with the server ?

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John Clarke
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Most Linux distributions (you didn't mention which one you use) include either sendmail or smail as their mailer and setting it up as a mail server is straightforward (but can be complicated).  Detailed information can be found at the sendmail web site (www.sendmail.org).

The book "Sendmail" by Eric Allman (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/sendmail2/noframes.html) is the definitive sendmail "users manual" and no sendmail system administrator should be without it.

The Linux web page also has some excellent resources about how to setup your Linux box as a mail server.  You might want to look over:
http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/Mail-HOWTO.html
http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/ISP-Hookup-HOWTO.html
http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/mini/Mail-Queue.html

Most Linux distributions also include sample sendmail configuration files that need only minor editing.  The above Linux HOWTOs will point you in the right direction.
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BTW, you last point about MS Exchange clients.  You need to setup the "Internet Mail" service in exchange to get it to talk to an SMTP/POP-3 service Linux box.  It's included with MS Mail Client (i.e. Exchange/Inbox), Outlook, and Outlook Express.  MS doesn't always make it easy to understand what this is as they would much rather have you using Exchange server (with it's $1000 price tag and hefty per-user license fees) that the free sendmail/pop-3 services on Linux.


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