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7:34 pm on Nov 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Basically trying to find a solution for a mail server, being non technical myself, looks like being out of my depth.

what I am basically trying to find out is:

1, Is it possible to have Outlook Express on a server, instead of Local.

2, What Makes should be considered.

3, Will current data be able to be migrated to the mail server.

I apologise in advance if this seems a silly or confusing question, but I really am lost on this one.



8:45 pm on Nov 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I am not an expert, but it might help others answer if you were able to give us an idea of the end objective. ie what are you trying to do with the mail server.


9:13 pm on Nov 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Basically for a project that I am partly involved in gets 100s of emails a day.

At present they use Outlook Express to manage their emails on a standard PC.

It has now got to the stage where they would like a number of different staff to be dealing with the emails, hence all emails sitting on 1 pc is NOT the solution.

so what I am trying to work out is if they got their own server, could they install an Operating system such as Outlook Express or similar on it, and then allowing staff to access mail direct on the server, rather than on their local PCs.

surely its not rocket science, or is it?



9:41 pm on Nov 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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To centralize email storage you could use an IMAP server. Have that server collect all the email. Then all the local clients running OE could connect to your IMAP server which will have all your email. Other than POP clients IMAP clients download the messages just for viewing.

Not a good explanation of the concept, but some pointers to get you started. If you are running GNU/Linux installing the uc-imap server which admittetly isnīt the best is a matter of seconds. It runs without any configuration.



9:44 pm on Nov 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

andreas thanks for that.

at least we seem to be getting somewhere now.

just done some research and seems to be making sense.

came across this which helped:




6:16 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

If you want to set up an IMAP server, you may find this series of articles useful:


It's something I'm just embarking on myself, however I think it does need a degree of technical know how.


6:21 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Look at the Pegasus website www.pmail.com and get the Mercury mail server (its free software but very comprehensive and reliable).

Set that up on one PC and that's your mail server.

Then get all the other (Outlook) users to get their e-mail from the Mercury server.


6:38 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Since you are using Outlook Express I assume you have access to POP3 only? Do you have Microsoft Exchange Server? It would be easy with Exchange Server using Delegate Access. Anyway... would a a web version of an e-mail client work? There are some free services like mail2web [mail2web.com] that allow your staff check an email account from any web browser. Since these e-mails are stored on the mail server, your storage space may be limited by your ISP.


7:12 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys n girls,

I shall keep you updated with my progress, and hope to have this up and running by Xmas.



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