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Setup Email Server


HEllo there,

can somebody please help me to select a free email server and be for  windows platform. i have around 50 users.

cheers
Zolf
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chakkoCommented:
here are two for you to look at (they run on Windows) and they are free version.

http://www.mailenable.com/standard_edition.asp

http://www.hmailserver.com/

The mailenable can be upgraded to a commercial version with extra features if you need or want them.
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zolfAuthor Commented:

thanks for the feedback.which one would you'll recon
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zolfAuthor Commented:

>>2. http://www.altn.com/Products/Free-Windows-Mail-Server/

this suports only 5 clinets i have around 50
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zolfAuthor Commented:

>>•Does not include a Webmail interface,
what does this mean,the hmailServer does not have this webmail interface,what does it mean and how can i get it
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raysonleeCommented:
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zolfAuthor Commented:
>>•Does not include a Webmail interface,
what does this mean,the hmailServer does not have this webmail interface,what does it mean and how can i get it
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raysonleeCommented:
That means you cannot access the email using browser. If webmail is a must, use others that have webmail interface.
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chakkoCommented:
no webmail interface.  You cannot access your mailbox by direct Browser access.  That means you need to setup an email program to get your email (Outlook Express, Thunderbird, etc).  Or you can use a 3rd party webmail CLIENT type of program, example, in Gmail you can POP3 download mail from another mailbox into your Gmail.  But you cannot directly access that other mailbox from Gmail.
HMailserver doesn't have a webmail interface built-in.  There does not seem to be any option to get additional features.


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zolfAuthor Commented:

>>That means you cannot access the email using browser
then how can user access the mail. which of the above mentioned has a webmail
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zolfAuthor Commented:

please help me to also select a 3rd party webmail to use to send/receive mail
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chakkoCommented:
Mail Enable has a built-in webmail interface.

Use Gmail for 3rd party webmail interface.  But that seems to kind of defeat the purpose of having your own email server a little bit.  I don't know of any others.  Or use the 'traditional' POP3 feature in Outlook Express/Thuderbird/Windows Mail, etc... to access your email.

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zolfAuthor Commented:
thanks for your commet.
one question i am confused is,i can setup my mail server without have any dependence on 3rd party. i mean now i have mail server from strato. do i still need to have an account with them or no. i mean i will setup my own email domain to what ever i want or it does not work like that
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raysonleeCommented:
Mailenable standard edition has webmail interface with unlimited number of users
check it out here http://www.mailenable.com/features.asp
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zolfAuthor Commented:
thanks for your commet.
one question i am confused is,i can setup my mail server without have any dependence on 3rd party. i mean now i have mail server from strato. do i still need to have an account with them or no. i mean i will setup my own email domain to what ever i want or it does not work like that
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chakkoCommented:
You can have your own standalone email system - i.e. no dependance from any company.  I think any of the suggested mail servers will be able to do this.

It sounds like this is all new to you so I suggest you setup the mail server first and test it internally.  After you are familiar with it then you can look into making it your real standalone email server system.
And it will give you time to figure out if that is what you really want and if you have the correct setup to do it.  It could be the case where you decide not to have an internal email server for your Public/Internet email.

The basics I can outline for you.
1.  setup your email server with your internet domain name
2.  You need to connect your email server to the internet.  You will need TCP Port 25 (SMTP) routing inbound (from internet to your mail server) and normally this is a NAT type of configuration on your router or firewall.  This will allow incoming email.  Also, you will need to allow outgoing TCP port 25 from your mailserver to the internet (so that it can deliver/send email).
3.  You need to update the DNS MX record for your domain and point it to your Public IP address/Host record (DNS Record) for your mail server.  The MX record controls where email for your domain gets delivered/sent to.  After you set the MX record then mail will go to your internal mail server and you should not need any 3rd party mail system anymore.

That's the basics of it to get it working.

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