Do I really need third party email server?

Hello there,

I have a technician performing a configuration on a windows 2008 server with Plesk panel and Im wondering wheter I really need to license third party application, like MailEnable.

The server wont host any mailboxes at all, neither will it relay incoming messages from external servers. All it does mail related is to capture users comments, registration data, etc, saves it to db and sends a copy to the administrator's mailbox and confirmation messages to the visitor.

Do I really need an expensive application for that purpose or windows 2008 server can handle the task keeping relayer and spammers out?

Thanks!

Eder
EderwainerAsked:
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AegilCommented:
Hey, plesk should come with mail enable free version by default if i recall. Are your hosting provider trying to charge you for mail enable on top as with a windows plesk server this should be included.


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

http://www.mailenable.com/features/controlpanel.asp

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MailEnable Standard Edition is bundled with the Plesk Control Panel software.  Users can also upgrade to MailEnable Professional or Enterprise Edition and utilise additional features through Plesk.
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EderwainerAuthor Commented:
Oh Yes, I am aware of that, but the free version is very cumbersome and it does not work as shows the configuration. I had spamming and relaying happen through my server a few times while using the free version, thats why an upgrade was suggested.

Thanks

Eder
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AegilCommented:
I checked with a few guys at a hosting company I used to work at.  They said 10.04 should have some anti-spam / anti-virus features. Also, you should be able to turn off relaying via mail enable manually rather than through the control panel to make sure. The hosting company should be able to do that. You can set the server to allow relaying just for localhost.  And for the spamming, was it a website on your server that got exploited and started spamming or only relaying?
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EderwainerAuthor Commented:
Hi Aegil, it was only relaying.

Maybe MailEnable that comes with Plesk 10.04 works properly, from Plesk 8.3 it was quite bad...
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AegilCommented:
Yeah, we worked with it for a while. Im not a big fan of plesk myself, but for relaying you should be able to disable it via the backend through the mail enable config which should resolve the issue. At least the newer versions are supposed to be better.
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