import .grp files

We have a email hoster that went out of business.  They sent us the data files from the mail server.  They were using SmarterMail server.  It has .grp file extensions for each Mail account.  Is there any way to import .grp files into an email client?  They said the only way to get it is to build a SmarterMail server and then get the files from the active server once the files are loaded back on again.

Thats stupid.  Is there another way?
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Richard AmissOwner/Developer/ConsultantCommented:

The .grp files from the SmarterMail server are specific to SmarterMail.  Although you can open them in a txt editor and read most of the text, it will be all emails bunched together with binary garbled in between.

Honestly, the fastest way is what they said:
- download the free SmarterMail Server and install it on any computer
- create a domain in SmarterMail
- copy the files to the domain's data folder (keep the same folder structure)
- restart the SmarterMail Windows Service after the files are manually copied
- point your mail client to the SmarterMail install.

Installing and copying will take you at most 30 minutes.

The only other way is to create a custom client to read them (which is possible) OR send them to another host who is willing to add them to their server.

hope that helps.

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al4629740Author Commented:
The free one will work?
Richard AmissOwner/Developer/ConsultantCommented:
Yes, the free one will work with (1) domain and (10) users at a time.

If you have more domains or users then you simply wipe the files for a user and put another user's files in their place (restart the Windows Service) and log in to the account and see the new messages.

In case you are wondering, the files/messages don't need to match any particular user account.
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al4629740Author Commented:
when I copy the files to the data folder, what do you mean keep the same data structure?
Richard AmissOwner/Developer/ConsultantCommented:
Each email account has a windows folder for each email folder, and .grp files to represent a day of emails. What I mean is keep the grp files in the respective folders.
al4629740Author Commented:
Ok thx
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