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Old 07-13-2005, 04:50 AM   #1
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Hello,
Right then, I have a file server and Domain controller done.... onto the next one, Email server.

Was just wondering what is best to use, Postfix or Sendmail - bearing in mind I don't know much Linux so I was thinking postfix as itís easier to set up.

I work in a small company which would probably serve about 50 email addresses. All clients are a member of "WORKDOMAIN" (using windows based OS, 2k and XP with SAMBA as the PDC) we have a registered internet domain of "myworkplace.co.uk" and "myworkplace.org.uk" (changed names for privacy reasons lol) the .co.uk domain currently has emails going to it and its used on another company (fast hosts) hosting our emails, the idea is we want to host email internally so we have control of over email size attachments and administration of it, plus number of mailboxes.

Trying to give as much info as possible here:
.org.uk is not used yet, I want to use both but to start practicing with .org.uk one first. Each user has a UNIX account on the PDC and with SAMBA on the PDC machine, but NOT on the email server - is this a problem? Do I need to make sure each user is duplicated onto the Email server as well as the PDC? The distro we are using is Fedora Core 3 by the way.

I know absolutely nothing about setting up an email server with Linux, I have downloaded a couple of E-books and gone to the Postfix website but itís gone completely in one ear and out the other so to speak. I think the .co.uk domain is registered with a DNS server somewhere so it can work with emails but the org.uk one is new and hasnít been used before, I think I have to register with a DNS server but not sure how to do that - though that probably isnít a big problem at the moment. Do I need the email server to have a fixed IP address? All computers on our network are behind a router (has four ports and wireless capabilities, donít know how this will effect the communication to the email server if it has to be registered to a DNS??).

Could someone please let me know how to set up an email server with clients accessing their email through Microsoft Outlook 2000? I also want to set up squirrel mail, I installed it but I canít seem to access the web page for it, any ideas (I even took the firewall down)?

I know thereís probably allot to respond to on this thread but maybe it would really help others as well who are new to Linux and if it could be explained as fully as possible it would help me no end, or at least a link to a website that does actually tell me step-by-step how to set it up.

Thank you ever so much for any help you can provide.
 
Old 07-13-2005, 11:40 PM   #2
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I would go with either exim or postfix. I have used both and honestly, they are both pretty darn easy except I would say that postfix is a bit easier.

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Could someone please let me know how to set up an email server with clients accessing their email through Microsoft Outlook 2000
Since you are going to use a mail client to download the mail, you need pop3 or imap service running on the mail server.

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I think the .co.uk domain is registered with a DNS server somewhere so it can work with emails
Well, sooner or later I think it's probably best that you host your own dns. It's not too bad once you get the hang of how it works. This way, you have complete control and can create subdomains, MX records, CNAMES and whatnot. Not only that, you will learn a lot of how to troubleshoot queries and such.


Give postfix a try and if you run into trouble, ask back. We'll be here

-twantrd
 
Old 07-14-2005, 12:09 AM   #3
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Super easy, I just did this today. The instructions on this site are sooooooo easy it is almost embarassing!
qmailrocks.org

Follow the instructions there (for redhat when you have to choose distros) and you'll be golden.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 07-14-2005, 03:36 AM   #4
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hi again,
i'm reading some help in setting up mail server and it says i need to create an MX record on a DNS server, how do i do this?
Also I can send an email to my hotmail account, it goes into the junk folder but at least i recieved it - however, it says its from root@localhost.localdomain. I have changed the hostname and domain name by typing postconf -e localhost=myservername
and
postconf -e localdomain=myworkplace.org.uk

but it still says its comming from localhost.localdomain??
i also changed the hostname and domain name in the Network Configuration window, and then on the DNS tab - a point about this as well, it says localhost.localdomain, do i change this to
myserver.workdomain
or
myserver.myworkplace.org.uk
i have it as the first one is this correct? or am i in the wrong section complelety?

would you also mind if i had your email address to speak further on this???

cheers, Steve
 
Old 07-14-2005, 07:56 PM   #5
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The localhost.localdomain thing could be coming from any number of places. I don't know what distro you are using, so there are many possibilities. The MX, DNS, and host.domain thing are not linux questions at all. That is basic networking. Regardless of what OS you are using, you need to know those things if you are going to run servers. I would suggest getting a hold of the book DNS and Bind - read about it here http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/dns4/

I am going to be out of town, and don't want to be in the position of building a mail server by proxy for you. Read up (both on dead trees and on the net), and then try again.

Peace,
JimBass
 
  


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