RE: Internet Email Server

  • From: "Faizal Khan" <mis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 09:13:24 -0400

I understand your situation and hosting your own mail server can be a
tedious task but like what we all say What the heck :-)
Let’s do it anyway.
There are several other mail software that can be used as the ISA List
replied on various programs you can utilize for this.
Your DNS should be hosted with your ISP, a static IP should also be
obtained from them.
I have documentation on Exchange Server but not for other mail software,
Check a mail that Joe sent, that has some info worth investing into.
With Kind Regards,
Faizal Khan
MIS Manager
Guyana Forestry Commission
1 Water Street, Kingston, 
Georgetown, GUYANA.
Tel :  + (592) 226-7272
Fax : + (592) 226-8956
Email:  <mailto:forestry.mis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Website:  <http://www.forestry>  <>
-----Original Message-----
From: Lorie Gordon [mailto:lgordon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 5:16 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Internet Email Server
Thanks for all the great info.  I have a few more questions RE your
email.  Thanks so much for your help.  I am new to all of this and it is
a little scary!
Server Hardware
- Have you considered what type of hardware will be needed to run your
mail server? You will need a powerful pc to handle the work load. Memory
and processing power will be quickly consumed by mail and supporting
- Have you registered a Domain name already? YES, this has been taken
care of.
- How is your mail traffic allocated? Internal to your office or
international - in and out of the country? Currently we have internal
users on an Exchange server for Internal mail.  They have Internet mail
setup in outlook and the client downloads the mail from our ISP.  This
is what we will be changing.  We will have a separate server for
Internet mail and the client will still do the downloading.
- Do your users need remote access to get their emails from outside your
office? If so will your server be running 24hrs a day?  We are not
certain on this yet.
Mail Server Software
-Exchange 2000, however, your user license may determine how many users
can be configured on the server. - I would like to use something other
than Exchange server because of the expense.  We also want to make sure
that we are secure.
- Will you be installing a firewall product to monitor and block
unauthorized access?   - Definitely!
- Have you considered scanning incoming and out going email for viruses?
- We will be installing software to take care of this.
- Who will be hosting your DNS services? I am guessing that this will be
forwarded to us from our current ISP.  I know that this takes some time.
- SMTP access policy. An improperly configured server may be a target
for mail relay. - Do you have any references for best practices etc???
Redundant Power Backup
- Do you have any UPS backup protection? - Definitely
Technical Support
- Who will be handling user administration once the server is deployed?
- That would be me.  We only have 125 users and do not plan on major
Exchange 2000 is my best bet for Email Software.  However, for pop3
downloads you would need a pop3 connector, check
<>  for some free software.  - If my users are
all using Outlook they should be able to download mail no matter what
server we use correct?

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