Simple mail "server" program needed - advice needed please

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Andrew Sayers, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. Hi

    I need a simple (ie cheap or free) program that will act as a mail server on my
    desktop machine. I only need it to pick up mail and then hold it until an email
    client requests it.

    The purpose is simply so my wife can collect, read and reply to her email on her
    laptop. Currently the desktop email software picks up all the mail from our domain,
    and there is no way of leaving her mail to be picked up separately - it's either all
    or nothing.

    I use WorkGroupMail at work, on the server, and the client machines simply log into
    the server and pick up the users' mail as and when the each user logs in. It's a good
    program - I've also got it running on a friend's company server for his small office,
    but as the minimum user base is for 5 users at £70 odd it is a bit overkill (and
    expensive) for this simple home use of 1 desktop and 1 laptop (occasionally I might
    want to use my laptop but that would be unusual)

    Any advice much appreciated.
    Andrew Sayers, Aug 22, 2006
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    Dave P Guest

    "Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is interesting. What they
    conceal is vital. "
    I set up a rule in Outlook Express that all emails to a certain address be
    left on the server. My wife then picks those up on her Laptop and downloads
    them off the server.

    Easy to set up and free.

    Dave P, Aug 22, 2006
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    Owen Rees Guest

    If your desktop machine runs Linux, then there is a relatively simple
    and free solution. Use fetchmail to collect the mail from your ISP's
    mail server and deliver it to the mail server on the local machine.
    Linux systems generally come with all the bits you need and it is just a
    matter of configuring them (carefully so that your machine does not
    become a relay for spam).

    If your desktop machine runs Windows, it can still be done free, but is
    not quite so simple. The simplest approach is probably to install Cygwin
    which provides a Linux-like environment on Windows, then install
    fetchmail, exim and uw-imap which are all available as Cygwin packages.
    The basic configuration is that fetchmail collects the mail and passes
    it to exim which listens for incoming mail and puts it in users'
    mailboxes. uw-imap listens for connections from mail clients, and
    delivers the mail from the mailboxes to the clients.
    Owen Rees, Aug 22, 2006
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    David Wade Guest

    NTMAIL used to be a good way of doing this, but it now seems to have morphed
    into surgemail. Good news is its still free for 5 users:-

    You probably also need PULMAIL if you have a POP account:-

    hope this helps,

    David Wade, Aug 22, 2006
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    David Wade Guest

    I knew I forgot one, you might also want to try "Mercury" from
    David Wade, Aug 23, 2006
  6. Thanks for the suggestions guys I'll look into them.
    Andrew Sayers, Aug 23, 2006
  7. Pmail seems down at the moment, is this just temporary or have they given up? Does
    anyone know anything on this?
    Andrew Sayers, Aug 23, 2006
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    Clint Sharp Guest

    Good program, I use it a lot.
    Business Mail Gateway is also meant to be good and it used to be free
    for home use.
    Clint Sharp, Aug 23, 2006
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    Clint Sharp Guest

    Working fine here.
    Clint Sharp, Aug 23, 2006
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    David Rance Guest

    I use Mercury. It's very good - and it's free.

    David Rance, Aug 23, 2006
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    Devs Guest

    Devs, Aug 24, 2006
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    David Wade Guest

    No problems here.....
    David Wade, Aug 24, 2006
  13. Thanks,. Working here now - must have been a temporary glitch.
    Andrew Sayers, Aug 24, 2006
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