Email account defaults to 'localhost'
Posted on 2003-02-20
Scenario : 5 x Win2k machines (SP2) on peer to peer LAN, over TCP/IP. Recently installed 602Pro Lan Suite 2002 as email and internet server (referred to as Internal Server). Ports 110 and 25 are used to serve the internal email system (POP3 and SMTP), and ISP mail servers are accessed directly through a mapped port on the proxy server (ports 9110 and 9025) referred to as external server. Email client is outlook 2000 (and Outlook Express v6)
The Procedure : During the creation of the mail account on the client machine (on both Outlook and Outlook Express), the internal server's IP address is entered in the POP3 field under the 'Servers' tab for the account in question. In the advanced tab ports 9110 for POP3 and 9025 for SMTP are entered to connect to the Internal server's mapped ports (which work ok). After the usual ISP account and password is entered, all works well. The client can send and recieve mail through the mapped port.
The problem : Either restart the client machine or log off and log on again, the account properties change somewhat causing an error 'unable to find POP3 server'. What happens is the IP address that was entered in the Incoming Mail (POP3) field has been replaced by 'localhost'. The IP address that WAS there has been appended to the Account Name eg :
This re-arrangement creates the error. A manual change of the POP3 field from 'localhost' back to the Internal server's IP address and the deletion of the appended IP address in the account name field fixes the problem. But as usual, after a reboot, 'localhost' and the appended IP address reappears. How do I maintain the original settings in the mail account properties without Outlook (or Outlook express) changing them?