Set Up a Mail Server in Ten Minutes:hMailServer, a Windows-based Open Source software,
Posted by egovindia on November 3, 2007
Set Up a Mail Server in Ten Minutes
hMailServer, a Windows-based Open Source software, provides an easy and inexpensive way to create an email server
Thursday, August 09, 2007
hMailServer is an Open Source email server for Windows. It supports all the common email protocols such as IMAP, POP3 and SMTP. In addition, it provides antivirus protection, spam protection, DNS blacklists, logging, distribution lists, aliases, virtual domains, etc. It ships with a light version of the MySQL database. If you don’t have a database server installed, hMailServer installs this light MySQL edition automatically. In this article we will help you set up your own mail server using hMailServer.
First, get a domain name of your choice. Open the configuration page of your domain on the website from where you registered. In the ‘A record’ provide the Public IP address of the machine in which you are going to configure the mail server. Now in ‘MX record’ specify the domain name, as done in the A record. Next, change the host name of your system to same as that of the domain name. For this go to start>run, type c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and press enter. Select notepad from the ‘open with dialog box’. Find the line including ‘127.0.0.1 localhost’. Replace ‘localhost’ with your domain name and save the file. The hardware requirement basically depends on the number of users. So, take any machine which fits your requirement for the mail server. For instance, in case of 25 users you can even go for a standard P4 machine with 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HDD and Windows XP. Take the hMailServer from this month’s PCQXtreme DVD or download it from the link mentioned in the specs box. Installation is pretty straightforward and takes a few minutes.
On starting hMailServer, an ‘hMailServer administrator-connect’ dialog box appears, which connects you to its different services. Click on the ‘Connect’ button. You are now connected to the hMailServer instance running on local host. Then it asks for a password-enter the one you provided during the installation process. A get started screen appears. Here click on ‘Add domain’ button, enter the domain name you’ve registered and click on save. On the left side of the hMailServer admin interface, a node is created with your domain name.
|In SMTP setting Provider the host name so that the server knows its public on the Internet|
The next step is to create user accounts on the email server. For this expand the domain node and click on ‘your domain name’. Then click on ‘Add account’. Here specify the user name, let’s say ‘xyz’, and add it to the account address, with this you get ‘xyz@your domain’. Now specify the user password and click on the ‘save’ button. Next specify the public host name to your server by going to Settings>Protocols>SMTP on the left-side tree. To the right in the SMTP setting, click on the ‘Delivery of email’ tab and under the host name enter the public host name of the computer where hMailServer is running. And with it your email server is all set and ready to send/receive emails.