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#1 jack handy

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:12 PM

The family business I work for is in need of some sort of email server. We currently forward all business emails from our website to a yahoo account.  The reason being is because our website is limited on the amount of emails/storage that they provide us. Yahoo gives us more space and amount of emails. We are currently going through roughly 100 emails per day with most having attachments. We are always having to delete emails to make more room. I do have an FTP and print server that we run that I can slip something like a 4TB drive into and just run email off of.  We have 4 computers that all check email. So I was wondering the best way to maybe set up an imap server on the main server computer then check email with the other 4 computers through clients such as thunderbird. I am not familiar with this set up and am wondering if it is the best way to accomplish what I am trying to do. All computers including the main server are running Windows 7 64-bit. Any help would be appreciated. My apologies if this is not the correct section to post this in. Thank you.


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#2 sflatechguy

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:53 PM

What main server version are you using? It sounds more like a workgroup setup.

I don't recommend running the mail server on the same machine as your main server. If the main server goes down, you lose email access; if the mail server goes down, so does your Active Directory. And you can't troubleshoot one without disrupting the other. Mail servers are resource intensive and run constantly, so even running them as a virtual machine on the main server can slow everything down.

Plus there's the security issues. Mail servers have to be open and available to the Internet 24/7. Your main server, on the other hand, needs to be locked down as tightly as possible. Inherent contradiction there, and not good from a security perspective.

Find yourself a cheap but sturdy PC (preferably a used one), reimage it, and install the mail server on that.

 

There are a number of Linux IMAP mail servers you can install; you'll want to make sure they are compatible with whatever server version you are using. This is probably as good a place as any to start: http://linuxgazette.net/issue35/jao.html


Edited by sflatechguy, 20 June 2013 - 02:03 PM.


#3 th3fall3n777

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 07:18 PM

I actually think if you put Exchange Server on a domain controller that it voids your warranty (Microsoft won't support you)



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:30 PM

It won't void your warranty, but it's not recommended, unless you are running SBS. And even then, it's not necessarily a good idea: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997407%28v=EXCHG.80%29.aspx






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