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   How do I go about setting up simple intranet and email system on small network. I would like to send email to different computers, and provide a  resource of information that the networked computers can share. Web references and information is also appreciated so I can learn what I need to know about this subject. I have found various information on this subject with tools that I already have on my Windows 2000, But I don't know how to logically put it all together.

    All computers are running on Windows 2000 Professional not server. I have two home computers connected with a Linksys router, And I dial in through a phone modem to my business network of 4 machines.

     I use Mozilla Firefox, And do not want to use Outlook or Windows Explorer Browser.
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I would say the   602software LANSuite  is well crafted ( and BTW free ) software for what you need.
"Secure mail server with anti-virus & anti-spam, built-in firewall with NAT and web content filter proxy for controlled Internet sharing. The 5-user version is FREE!"
http://www.software602.com
http://www.software602.com/products/ls
http://www.software602.com/products/ls/features.html
Download : http://www.software602.com/products/ls/download.html

good luck
nedvis
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Thanks
    I'll check this out and see if it fits.

    What I really want to do is go to lenux and learn the language but I don't have the time to commit to that right now.
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The introductions looks very good I have not seen this before and I have searched the internet on this subject several times in the past.

Is this a product that you use or know about.
Is it relitvely easy to hook up and use.

I don't mind free if it works well and I don't mind paying for a product if it is not overpriced for my limited needs of a network.

Ill be exploring this in more detail
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It was back in 1998 when I installed first  602software  Office suite ( wordprocessor, spreadsheet and photomanager) not only to sattisfy my curiosity. I desperately needed MS Office compatible product on my brand new HP Pavilion 4445 PC and MS Office 97 was approx. $400 at the time. Back then it was Prague - Chechoslovakia based company now with headquarter in Jacksonville Florida.
It'll  be seven years now I'm their free newsletter subscriber and still have 602 office suite ( now capable to convert your text documents in Adobe PDF format)  as well as psLAN2000 ( older version PCLAN 2004) that I'm using mainly as a proxy server for dial-up internet connection sharing ( much more powerfull, customizable, reliable and stable  than Windows ICS - Internet Connection Sharing).
      Their products are so attractive and afordable that I'm pushing idea in the church where I used to work as a building superintendant and small (19 PC) LAN administrator to install entire suite of 602 software on our WIndows Small business server and other aging machines.
     I'm also proficient Linux user and as I can tell you 602 software LAN suite is incomparable easier to install and configure than Linux sendmail server.
    I don't want this to sound like an advertisement. I have no other links or relations to 602software than monthly nesletters I'm getting from them.
BTW their software manuals and white papers in PDF format ( downloadable here: http://www.software602.com/products/ls/docs.html ) are something written in the best tradition of simple user's guides.
    good luck
    nedvis
   
 
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Thanks I'm sorry it took so long to get back. Work and duty calls. I am going to check this out because it does look like it can serve my purposes.

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Thank you!
Here are some other options you might be interrested in ( in simple-to-less-simple-to-use order)
http://www.hmailserver.com
http://www.argosoft.com/mailserver
http://www.revilloc.com/mailserver/default.asp
http://www.sambar.com/syshelp/mail.htm

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I still think 602  LAN Suite is great and at least they have better 24/7 support

good luck
nedvis
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