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Old 11-04-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
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Check email on a Fedora server, from a remote Fedora network

Here's what I have: A fedora core 2 server running as web, email server, etc. on a static IP address. Another Fedora Core 2 server acting as a firewall/gateway for a home network, this one has a dynamic IP address from RoadRunner.

Here's what I need to do: I need to be able to check and send email on the static IP email server from a client on the home network without opening up the email server to relaying from the entire RoadRunner domain. I also need to be able to check/send the email as easily as if I were on the same network as the email server (i.e. no extra scripts to run every time email is checked/sent, unless the script is automatically run in the background, making it seamless).

I have tried SSH and I really like it. I set up PuTTY on the client machines on the home network and use the SSH connection to check email, which I must say is pretty easy, but not seamless, I still have to run PuTTY to connect and log in to the email server and then check/send email. Unfortunately not everybody that has to check email thinks that is easy enough, you know, novice computer users who think they can do anything in two clicks? I would really like to incorporate SSH into this somehow, but is there a way to make the connection completely in the background (i.e. no extra login required or command to run, just simply check/send email).
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Last edited by PlorkZ; 11-04-2004 at 04:52 PM.
Old 11-04-2004, 05:30 PM   #2
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Since you are using FC2, take a look at implementing SMTP AUTH and/or STARTTLS. The FC2 supplied /etc/mail/ already has some example entries to get you started in the right direction.


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