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reading incoming mail and sending email from the server -

I wanted to provide an email service to my clients like we have it on gmail and yahoo.

I do know how to write the code to put the contents in the database and develop an easy interface.

Sending the mail is quite easy by using  MailMessage();


I do not however, know what engine I need to use to read the mail and what settings I need to do to the server to receive mail.
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gheistCommented:
You might want to install SMTP service locally and point that to your exchange server as a smarthost.
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goodkAuthor Commented:
So I do that on the remote server?  I am using godaddy.com on a shared server.  

Do I need my own rack server to do this or can i use my GD shared server?
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gheistCommented:
You need some list of users with apsswords and maybe virtual mail addresses
You need some MTA (say exim or postfix)
Then you need some IMAP (or pop3) server (dovecot?)
Then you plug there some webmail client (i have heard of horde)
Best if you manage it all with good network encryption from the beginning.
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goodkAuthor Commented:
Do you have a write up on the details on how to establish your email services for public?
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gheistCommented:
Short advice - dont do it
Longer - go to gmail
Longer - start with local site mail and learn how to contain spam.
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goodkAuthor Commented:
Hi gheist,

Why do you say that?

Is it because of legal issue or is that because it is technically difficult?  

Your personal experience?
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gheistCommented:
It is comlex, there is no legal issue. It is not technically difficult but there are millions of chancesto make mistakes and open spam gates (it takes loong to clean up after)
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goodkAuthor Commented:
I understand.  Have you used
http://www.imailserver.com Or any similar products.  

if not, do you atleast know some good names in the domail?
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gheistCommented:
You need to start saying that you are to use Windows for mailserver. It is very expensive venture.

Why don't you just rent enough mailboxes from google or yahoo or hotmail?
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goodkAuthor Commented:
saw this,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_mail_servers 

I saw the above.  Just trying to find someone who has experience in mail server set up and efforts needed for the upkeep.
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goodkAuthor Commented:
thanks
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gheistCommented:
Your biggest limitation is usage of Windows.

Mail server does not cost a thing. Choose apache james or anything that is free+open source + runs on windows

Windows includes smtp and pop3 service which fully qualifies as mail server
Webmail is in category of mail client btw...
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