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Old 04-22-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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Question Mail Set up for a Newbie

Being the I'm a newbie I really need some direction here.

I want to make y Suse 9.2 box to be able to receive, store and server up email so others on the LAN or maybe from the net can get their email. I would like it to be POP3 mail, getting the mail from the web is really of a secondary concern.

Do I need something like a combination of the following:

postfix+dovecot+squirrelmail combo (got this from another post)

Or will one of the above do it all for me.

My clients will use MS/Outlook and Outlook Express to retrieve their email on Windows machines and the normal mail program built into Suse for those on Linux machines.

I'm throughly confused with regard to his and how to go about doing it.
Old 04-22-2007, 12:53 PM   #2
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well "recieve" can mean many things but in it's most normal sense, of mail to coming automatically to you, that's smtp, which postfix is a very good server for. so that's part 1. the storing part is just where the mail is placed by postfix, so that's implicit. as for serving, if it's to a lan, you're better off with imap not pop3, but either is fine and dovecot does both. and squirellmail is just a webmail program. so you have many seperate chunks that operate on top of one another or oblivious to one another. so get a working smtp server up and running nicely. then add imap/pop3 and get that settled in, then add webmail if you wish. divide and conquer!
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Postfix is like sendmail, it's a daemon that will send email. Dovecot is a pop3/imap daemon that will receive mail for you. SquirrelMail is a web based front-end like gmail or hotmail.

If people will be using an smtp/pop client for email then you probably will not need squirrelmail.

Configuring this stuff is beyond my scope, but I'd read a few howto's to get going.

Also before you get started you'll need a domain name and setup your DNS records appropriately, MX records and things.

I tried doing this at home once with dynamic DNS only to find out that my ISP shuts down SMTP/HTTP and POP connections.

Here are a couple of HowTo's to help you get started:

Hope this helps,


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