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Topic # 7602 26-Apr-2006 22:49
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I have been wanting to set up a mail server from home, but so far hasn't been able to get ahead that much.

First, the cost. Secondly, the limited knowledge of configuring Exchange or alternative OS/Mail server. Then lastly, shame to admit but I still am very vague on configuring DNS with A/MX pointing at home mail server, with my web hosted with a web hosting company.


I have found Zimbra, and Open-Xchange. I like the look/sound of Zimbra, especially it can be installed on MacOS X (easier to managed compare to Linux platforms). And also, they both offer connector for Outlook, so you can use Outlook as if it is connection to Exchange. full MAPI support with email, pim and calendar. With Zimbra though, you get cached mode too.

Now, other caveat here is that, to use connector for Outlook with both email collaboration servers, you will have to get them as commercial product.



Anyhow, what is everyone else's homebrew email server?

Features that I like to see happening/to use are:
* IMAP access, for Outlook and mobile. (the least)
* Webmail access.
* Simple to set up.
* Good antispam/antivirus protection.
* Free.

With my current webhosting setup, I am with WebDrive and they provide IMAP which is great, but their Spam filter is somewhat poor. And their webmail interface is just "alright".

Generally, it meets 90% of my requirements, and I'm quite happy with it. But yet, I still and contented with wanting additional boost and umph.





Sounds like i'm rambling away here.

p/s: I like the 4Smartphone.net and ICONZ's OfficeOnline. I even rationalised enough to think that I can afford one or two mailbox with them, solely to get Outlook-Exchange. I even had a look at Office Live Basic, and Windows Live Domain too, sounds good but still kinda feel limited or lacked of some features that I'm already are using.

Dilemma......




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  Reply # 34083 27-Apr-2006 07:39
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Don't most isp's block the commonly used smtp port anyway?



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  Reply # 34086 27-Apr-2006 07:44
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as far as i know with TCL cable, it's a full open network.




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Reply # 34094 27-Apr-2006 08:43
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Correct, TelstraClear provides full ISP services, not a crippled service like Xtra, which blocks SMTP unless if directly to their own servers, and blocks POP3 access from external networks ([sarcasm] why? No one travels outside New Zealand[/sarcasm]) unless you pay an extra monthly fee for their "secure" access.





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Reply # 34098 27-Apr-2006 09:21
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Why bother running your own mailserver, unless you have more than one e-mail address or multiple domains? 4Smartphone (affiliate link) seems to provide a good service for this...





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  Reply # 34106 27-Apr-2006 09:52
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Q:Why run your own mail server?
A:Because self serve mail is Geeky?




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  Reply # 34108 27-Apr-2006 10:09
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Yup, i got more than one address, and few email alias/redirect too.




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  Reply # 34109 27-Apr-2006 10:10
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tonyhughes: Q:Why run your own mail server?
A:Because self serve mail is Geeky?


Oh! that's funny! hehe...




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  Reply # 34222 28-Apr-2006 17:26
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Have you checked out this one?


http://maxo.captainnet.net/installs/mailserver/index.html

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Reply # 34229 28-Apr-2006 18:28
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There are pros and major cons to running your own mail server. Generally speaking, forget about if:

* you don't have a static IP address (DynDNS is fun for five minutes, no longer)
* you don't control the DNS service for your domain
* you're not willing to sleep with one eye open because you'll be bombarded with spam and cracking attempts

Now you're asking for a bigger solution than just a mail server, namely something that compares to the monster that is M$exchange. I've heard that Scalix (www.scalix.com - the formatting toolbar including the linking button has disappeared again in FF) is good as an almost-replacement. Although they're big on the "L" operating system, Scalix apparently runs on *BSD too which makes it worthwhile to investigate.

I'm very happy with Exim 4.*, Spam Assassin and SquirrelMail at the moment. Courier-IMAP is heading for a replacement with Dovecot soon, because it seems to break with every upgrade, requiring way too much manual work to mend.

As for the operating system, remember that you'll be painting a "Hello Sailor" sign on your backside while bending over in a dockyard when setting up an internet-exposed mail server so pick the most secure and easiest maintainable alternative there is. I'm not going to suggest anything there as it'll start a major flame war.






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  Reply # 34231 28-Apr-2006 19:55
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Scalix looks good. max of 25 premium users with MAPI support with Outlook, mmm can you ActiveSync PIM with Outlook with Scalix?




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  Reply # 34233 28-Apr-2006 19:59
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chiefie: Scalix looks good. max of 25 premium users with MAPI support with Outlook, mmm can you ActiveSync PIM with Outlook with Scalix?


You'll have to be the guinea pig on that! :)

I think I asked about that ages ago and don't think it's possible. Speak to the regional distributor, Customtech though. They've always been very helpful with advice.




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Reply # 34234 28-Apr-2006 20:02
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chiefie: Scalix looks good. max of 25 premium users with MAPI support with Outlook, mmm can you ActiveSync PIM with Outlook with Scalix?
IF you can use Outlook as a MAPI client, it should work with ActiveSync - not directly to the server of course, but through Microsoft Outlook.





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