Hosting an Email Server

I want to host my own email server for my clients so they can pick up their mail via POP or IMAP or Exchange

What would be the best way to go about this and what software should i use??

I have heard things about Outlook Live??

Some advice please?

clivecrawdevilAsked:
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simonlimbCommented:
There's loads of email server software out there.  A quick google search for "email server software" will give you lots to choose from.

What you will need is a server grade system to install the software on, (If you use Exchange you MUST have a Windoze Server OS installed first, I don't know about other email server software), then install it, then configure it to your requirements, which can be varied.
 
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Azhrei1Commented:
what's your budget?
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simonlimbCommented:
Good question Azhrei1!!!
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Azhrei1Commented:
hehe thnx. Just wondering if he has a reasonable budget, then I'd advise the easiest thing to do: set up a win2003 server and install exchange 2003 on it. Done deal and a kid could do it......:)

clive if u want, I can post a good tutorial for that for ya if u wanna install win2k3 and exchange.
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Sam PanwarSr. Server AdministratorCommented:
Hi,

There is many mail server in the computer world.

1. Merak mail server (its nice )
http://www.merakmailserver.com/Download/

2. Mail enable (good one)
http://www.mailenable.com/download.asp
3. Postcast (its simple)
http://www.postcastserver.com/

4. Smarter mail
http://www.smartertools.com/Products/SmarterMail/Overview.aspx

Linux Mail server
http://atmail.com/
http://www.emailman.com/unix/servers.html
http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/linux-hn/sendmail.htm

If you want to small office then
1. use the
Microsoft exchange server

free:

http://www.eudora.com/
http://www.magicwinmail.net/
http://www.smtpserver.com-http.com/
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clivecrawdevilAuthor Commented:
Hi,

Budget is low so don't really want to go down the exchange route so a reasonable priced IMAP/ POP server would be good which does not require to much administration and monitoring, as i don't have the time. I have Windows server 2003 but would consider other platforms.
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Azhrei1Commented:
aight, I've used kerio mailserver instead of exchange in the past, works pretty well.

I've also tried merak mentioned in an above post, but I couldn't get it to work (and I could get kerio to work, so that might suggest I'm stupid and kerio is easy for dumb people, so no offense to the poster above).

You can find more info about kerio mailserver here:

http://www.kerio.com/kms_home.html

if it's too expensive, go with eudora (but give credits to abs_jaipur).
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