New How-to / Best Practices Guide – Deploying a Mail System

If you’re considering setting up an email server for your business, you’ll need to consider the following factors:

  • Domain registration
  • How to tell other mail servers where to send email addressed to your domain (DNS)
  • Encryption requirements (SSL)
  • How to protect your domain from abuse by creating PTR, SPF, DKIM and DMARC records
  • How email addressed to your domain will be received by the mail server (via direct delivery, or by downloading mail from an ISP or other host via DomainPOP, MultiPOP, ETRN or ATRN)
  • Outbound mail delivery considerations, such as whether to send outbound messages directly to the receiving mail server, or through a smart host or ISP
  • ISP restrictions (some ISPs block port 25)
  • Hardware considerations
  • Internet connection
  • Protection from spam & viruses

Settings may vary depending on your specific needs and business environment. Our new How-to/Best Practices guide: Deploying a Mail System, will help you get started with your new mail server. You can find this and other how-to guides on our Literature page.

If you have questions or comments, or would like to recommend other blog topics, please use the Comments section below & let us know!

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New How-to Guide – Using the Outlook Connector Client

Outlook users who wish to share their calendars, contacts, tasks & notes can use Outlook Connector to share their data. Outlook Connector opens up MDaemon’s groupware sharing & collaboration capabilities for Outlook users, and allows them to share content with other Outlook Connector users, or with WorldClient (webmail) users. There are two components to Outlook Connector – the server-side component, which is installed on the MDaemon server, and the client-side plug-in. Instructions for setting up Outlook Connector can be found in the Outlook Connector for MDaemon Installation and Optimal Performance Guide. This guide explains how to install and initially set up Outlook Connector, but does not go into detail on how to use it once it’s installed. For instructions on how to use the Outlook Connector client, we’ve created a new how-to guide: Using the Outlook Connector Client. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for sharing folders, accessing the global address book, configuring send/receive preferences, database management, and other features. This document and other how-to guides can be found on our Literature page at www.altn.com.

If you do not yet have Outlook Connector, you can visit our Downloads page and download your free trial.

If you have questions, let me know in the Comments section below.

Have a great weekend!

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New How-to Guide – Migrating from Microsoft Exchange Server to MDaemon

Many companies are spending tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours maintaining a Microsoft Exchange Server as their email and collaboration platform. For small-to-medium businesses without a dedicated IT staff, this can seem like overkill. That’s why our fearless leader, Arvel Hathcock, created MDaemon over 15 years ago. It takes just a few minutes to install MDaemon, and once installed, MDaemon’s security and spam filter settings are pre-configured for optimal performance and results.

To help you with the Exchange-to-MDaemon migration process, we’ve added a new how-to / quick-start guide to our Literature page. The “Migrating from Exchange to MDaemon” guide explains the process for migrating your domains, accounts, mailing lists, tasks, notes, and other information from a Microsoft Exchange server to MDaemon.

If you’d like more information, or if you have questions, please leave us a comment below.

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Setting up MDaemon for Failover / High-Availability

In today’s business environment, business-critical processes rely heavily on networked applications to be productive. When a failure occurs, productivity is lost, and this often translates into lost revenue for the company. This is especially true of email. To address these issues, companies can implement a high availability/failover strategy. Some of our MDaemon users have asked for information on setting up failover for their email infrastructure, so we’ve put together a guide to help MDaemon administrators achieve this.

In the simplest terms, the way this works is this: You’ve got a primary server that is running MDaemon. You have a backup server that will take over as the mail server when a failure occurs on the primary server. No third-party tools or applications are required. With a bit of preparation, you can implement failover/redundancy between two MDaemon servers using software tools that are built into the Windows operating system.

The following is a complete list of requirements needed to implement this solution in a network environment:

  • Two Windows 2008R2 Servers
  • MDaemon 14.5 or later must be installed and configured on both servers with the MDaemon Windows service start-up option set to ‘Manual’
  • The Windows Network Load Balancing Feature must be installed and configured on both servers.
  • A third NLB ‘control server’ for making changes to the NLB configuration on the cluster nodes.
  • A working Active Directory environment with a Windows Server 2003 or higher domain functional level.
  • Microsoft’s Distributed File System Replication feature installed on both servers with the latest available DFSR updates and patches.
  • For networks using Network Address Translation (NAT), a NAT rule to NAT outbound connections from both cluster hosts to the same public IP source address.

Click here to read the complete guide.

Other helpful guides can be found on our Literature page.

 

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No, Email is not a Dying Medium

If you work in messaging, chances are you’ve heard the rumor that email is a dying medium that is being replaced by social media. A study by Osterman Research shows that these rumors are unfounded, and that businesses will continue to use email and instant messaging (such as MDaemon’s WorldClient Instant Messenger) into the future. According to Osterman Research, the typical information worker receives 100 emails in a given day, and sends about 30. Studies also show that workers spend, on average, 30 minutes per day using instant messaging. So is email really a dying medium? The answer is “absolutely not.” Click here to read the original post from Osterman Research.

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Watch the MDaemon 15 video



MDaemon Messaging Server - Version 15

We're excited to announce the release of MDaemon 15. New features include IPv6 support, an improved user interface (UI), improved Account Hijack Detection, email encryption for WorldClient users with Virtru, dynamic screening improvements, and more. In this video, we show you some of the useful features in MDaemon 15.

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MDaemon 15 is Here!

We’re excited to announce the release of MDaemon 15. New features include:

  • IPv6 support
  • An updated ACL (Access Control List) editor for customizing access rights for public & shared folders.
  • Improved Account Hijack Detection. Now, you can set different message and timing thresholds depending on the source IP of the incoming connection. You can also set separate limits for connections from reserved IPs, local domain IPs, and all other IPs.
  • Email encryption for WorldClient users with Virtru.
  • Dynamic screening improvements
  • …and more.

For a comprehensive list of new features and enhancements, you can view the MDaemon release notes here.

Visit our Downloads page to download MDaemon.

Click on Download Now, and select your preferred language.

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