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What do I need for an email server?

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Hey all,

I'm taking over a co-workers (fired) project and I'm not familiar with email servers.  I've been told by our client that the email server we have at our office is now going to be hosted from their site.

They've asked me what it will take to get the email server up and running on their servers.  

FYI...they will not be taking this box from our office, but instead are supposed to get it setup on their own box.  Also, the email server has been up and running as production for about a year.

Using Listserv

I would appreciate advice on what that entails.

Thank you.
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by:Jason Watkins
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Hello,

Which e-mail server will this system run? The answer there decides which way to proceed. In any case, you want to exceed hardware requirements as much as possible. I would go with at least 8GB of RAM, a RAID1 setup for the server's operating system, a RAID5 setup for the data storage (i.e. mailboxes), and a quad-core processor at the very least. Other posters will, of course, not agree with these estimates, but this is the Internet and the above specifications have worked great for me in the past. If you can work in a dual processor machine, the better your server will run. I would aso go with dual NICS/dual power supplies, in case one of them dies, which is not improbable. Since e-mail server will be up 24/7 a dedicated UPS is essential.

Start there...
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Using ListServ on Windows
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From what I know, ListServ is not an e-mail server proper, but an e-mail list administration system. If all you are going to do is just that, then almost any modern computer will do.

http://www.lsoft.com/products/listserv_hardware.asp
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Well, if the ListServ is already setup and running.  Is there anything I need to do in order to make sure the same users are ready on the new box?

If I do a clean install of ListServ on the new server, I will not have the users setup yet and I need to pretty much move the ListServ from one box to another w/o any hiccups.

Have about 120 users setup on it currently.
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You would have to research those options on the lsoft web-site.
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by:Modifier1000
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Well I was hoping that my paying for this site would help alleviate most of the research and 'try' options.

I hoped to get an expert who may have already done this so I won't have to spend countless hours doing something that an 'expert' may have figured out or does regulary.
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I understand you are paying for access to the site. You should also try to be as specific as possible in your questions. I was under the impression that I was helping someone with an e-mail server question with something like MS Exchange, or Postfix/Sendmail. I have never used Listserv. Never even heard of the product until this question. I have heard of the term "listserv" in reference to an e-mail list. Your original question has been answered. The original post did not ask about migrating from one listserv install to another. Had it, I would have moved on and you may still be waiting for a response. Despite the help this web-site can provide it does not take the place of personal resource. In IT, one will always have to research something at some point.
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I did answer the original question. Partial credit?
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Thanks for sticking with me, I need to read my posts better BEFORE hitting the 'Submit' button.

Regards.
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Thank you. I hope you find an easy way to get what you need done.
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