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WEB DESIGN/SETUP AND EMAIL DESIGN/SETUP

Hello ALL,

I have two very simple questions to ask you all I hope you can help with them  and very good details.

1) I would like to setup a website, I want the web server to be on Red hat Linux box. I am thinking of using Orion software.
    I have very little  what  idea of needs to be setup and designed and so Iam looking for solution comprising of web server setup and
    loading of web pages to the web site. I want to also understand the mechanism involved.
    I have designed some web pages using java script and frontpage.

2) I would like to know how to setup  an email system using SENDMAIL  again using Redhat LINUX SYSTEM. I would like to knnow
    how to administer it and and ho to use microsoft exchange to view/read mails send.

I would appreciate detailed guidance, notes and points in simple steps. I am very new to this area hence my question on what needs top be setup, reead etc, tec etc '

Iam looking for information urgently

regards Rajesh
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qwaleteeCommented:
On your point #2, it doesn't make a lot of sense -- why would you be using Exchange to read the mail?  If anything you woudl be putting a POP3 server or IMAP server up on the Linux box.  Yo could use Outlook or any other standards-compliant mail client to retrieve the mail.

If you want to run a "full fledged" e-Mail system in this environment, you can run one of the Linux-based systems.  There are some more complex mail systems that run on Linux, including an Exchange-compatible system.  Or, you could run Lotus Domino, which is similar to Exchange, but available on Linux.
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ridCommented:
If you are going to use a standard RedHat distro, you could just as well stay with the Apache server that is included.

As for e-mail, I'd recommend the (also included) Postfix package. Using the man file for postfix, you should be able to set up a simple but capable e-mail server. If you start the POP3 and IMAP daemons you are all set for most normal e-mail clients to use the server, using either system.
/RID
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krishnapatelAuthor Commented:
Okay Guys Thank you to qwaletee and RID both answers are good, but as I am not an expert in this area I was looking for a more detailed answer. My company is using Orion software. As I am not familiar with Orion or website setup, especially when we are going to host the website our selves, and not via an ISP provided website, I would like to a more detailed guidance/help on what is involved what needs to be setup , how and where, in terms of website setup/build from scratch.
I am able to grasp the concepts,once they have revealed.

I have developed some HTML/flash and javascript based web pages, I have build an *.ear and *.war files, now how do I use these to load/create a website. Where does Orion software fit in? The operating system is Red Hat Linux version 9. Obivoulsy I need to buld a webserver of somesort to load these pages onto the a website address etc But having never done this, I am asking any experts out
there for the steps involved. I need to undertsand the concepts and processes involved.


Again in the Email system based on the same computer, I will be using SENDMAIL to design /configure and setup the EMAIL system.
AGAIN please can anyone go through concepts of how email system works/is setup, what is required, what the diiferrent steps are
etc, etc.  Foa any user to be able to read their emails, Iwould like to use MICROSOFT OUTLOOK. What need to know is how set it
to be able to read the mail message of a user. What does POP3 AND SMTP do and how do I use these protocols.....


Please help URGENTLY!!....


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ridCommented:
Postfix and Sendmail do about the same things, AFAIK, but I think Postfix is easier to configure, while some claim Sendmail has more options. It depends on what you want to get out of your e-mail system (special features).

There is not much use for Outlook clients in an environment that has no Exchange  server (in  my opinion) as there are several much better e-mail clients around, for free. (Pegasus, Mozilla, Eudora, just to name a few).

The e-mail clients use the POP3 protocol to fetch the mail from the mail server. The SMTP protocol is used for outgoing mail and for mail transport between servers ("Simple Mail Transport Protocol"). If you use an ordinary e-mail client on a windows machine, you use an SMTP server as your mail gateway. This server can be on your LAN or hosted by your ISP, depending on your service agreement. You also use an in-house mail server to accept incoming mail, and store it until the users fetch it (using POP3 or IMAP). This in-house server can be running Sendmail or Postfix but, as I said earlier, it depends on your requirements for "extras" (e.g. spam or virus filtering) and for ease of configuration, which one you prefer.

I have no idea about htis Orion software, but I know that the majority of the web servers there are, or fairly close, run on Apache. Again, you must know what you want to do before you can choose one tool over another.

Apache is part of a RH distro and it is not too complicated to set up. There is a config file that is very useful (httpd.conf , or something similar) and full of helpful comments.

Sendmail and Postfix are both included in a RH distro, and Sendmail is used by default. There are really thick books written on Sendmail, but hopefully the man page for it will be helpful enough to let you set up mail users on the system.
/RID
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krishnapatelAuthor Commented:
Hello Rid,

Maybe if I ask you how this done using Apache.As you seem to know apche, please go through the concepts and steps involved.
I am sure from that I will have a better idea of what needs to be done . I will also post it here for others.

Thanks,
Rajesh
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krishnapatelAuthor Commented:
Hello Rid,

Maybe if I ask you how this done using Apache.As you seem to know apche, please go through the concepts and steps involved.
I am sure from that I will have a better idea of what needs to be done . I will also post it here for others.

Thanks,
Rajesh
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ridCommented:
I can't say I "know" Apache, but I have built a couple of web servers with Apache.

1) You need to verify that the Apache is installed in your Linux machine.
2) You need to make the http daemon start (setup - system services; startup at boot)
3) You need to put the files belonging to your web site in the proper directory as stated in the httpd.conf file.

See the Apache man page and look for any additional info at www.apache.org . If you want to run plug-ins (php and what have you), you need to read up on that. There is not enough room here, nor enough time for me to go through it all; most of it is new to me anyway, as I have only done plain vanilla html doc sites.

/RID
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