CMail Server Overview

Minimum Server Specification*:
IBM PC Pentium P75 or 100% Compatible
16 MB RAM, 20 MB Free Disk Space
Windows 95, 98, NT 4 Service Pack 3, ME, XP
Network Configured with TCP/IP
An Internet Connection

CMail Server is a POP3 and SMTP email server designed for Windows 95,98 and Windows NT. Allowing client connections from a wide range of platforms including PC's, Macintosh and Acorn computers, CMail can be installed quickly and easily on a Local Area Network to provide access to both internal and external email in the shortest time possible.

CMail Server: Graphical User Interface

CMail provides all the functionality of UNIX based mail servers but takes advantage of the point and click Windows environment to make configuration simple and provide 'at a glance' information on the state of the server, mail queues etc, making the software user friendly and negating the need for an individual with extensive knowledge of UNIX.

Key features of CMail Server;

Virus Control
Virus Control allows CMail Server to scan messages and attachments for the presence of viruses using the most popular virus scanning engines including F-Prot, McAfee and Norton AV. If a virus is detected, it will be removed and clean message sent to the recipient. The Administrator can also be informed and visual alerts raised. Virus control can be enabled on a global or per user basis. Click for more.

Content Control
CMail will scan messages for the presence of undesirable words or phrases that have been banned by the Administrator. If a violation is found, the message will not be sent and the Administrator is notified. CMail can also filter file attachments to prevent certain file types from being sent or received. Content control can be enabled on a global or per user basis. Click for more.

Auto Signature
Auto Signatures allow the Administrator to append a standard disclaimer or any other piece of text to the bottom of any message handled by CMail Server. Click for more.

Web Interface
CMail 2.4 features an enhanced Web Interface mail client that includes the addition of public and private address books. Users can send and receive email and attachments through a web browser without the need for an additional mail program such as Outlook. The Administrator can restrict usage of the Web Interface on a per-user basis including the ability to send external email, attachments etc. Click for more.

Collection via POP3
CMail can collect mail from the Internet using either the SMTP or POP3 protocol. Collecting using the traditional SMTP method requires a static IP address and that your server be connected to the Internet when your ISP's mail server attempts to you. With POP3, your Internet Service Provider can forward all mail to a single POP3 account from which, CMail will collect mail as if it were a standard mail client and then sort mail ready for collection by users on the LAN.

MX Resolution
MX resolution is where CMail interrogates a DNS server to enquire which mail server on the Internet handles the mail for the domain you are attempting to send email to. Once it has received the necessary information from the DNS server, CMail will connect to the remote mail server and send the mail. This process makes CMail completely independent of an upstream SMTP mail server.

Anti-Spam Features
CMail Server incorporates Anti-Spam filtering which prevents unauthorised users from sending large quantities of junk email through CMail. With Spam filtering enabled, CMail will reject a spam message before processing the body of the message to save system resources.

NT Users Database Integration
CMail has the ability to 'import' users directly from the Users Database when installed under Window NT 4. When a user logs into the system, the username supplied will be checked against the NT database and if matched, the user will be allowed access. Should a user log in with a valid NT username and password but an account doesn't exist on CMail, a mailbox will automatically be generated for the user.

Mail Queue Administration
An advanced queue administration tool allows the manipulation of messages stored in both the internal and external mail queues. Messages contained within these queues can be displayed, deleted and sent manually. The days of the week and the time periods at which CMail can exchange mail can also be set within this menu.

CMail Server: Mail Queue Administration

Mail Batching
Mail sent to CMail can be batched together and stored in the outbound mail queue. When an Internet connection is established, CMail will send all of the queued mail in job-lot as opposed to establishing an Internet connection each time it receives a message. This option can be turned off for those with permanent connections.

Integration with Windows RAS
CMail will integrate seamlessly with the Windows Remote Access (RAS) subsystem meaning that once you have setup a dial-up networking connection, that connection can be imported and used by CMail Server. Connections can also be established by using a router/LAN connection or Computalynx SCM.

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CMail Server: Remote Access

Moderated Mailing Lists
Mailing lists allow mail to be sent to users subscribed to a list in with one email instead of having to mail everyone separately. Mailing lists can be moderated by a user so that any mail sent to the list in question is first routed to the moderator and then only distributed to the list should the moderator agree with the content.

Other Features of CMail Server:

  • Unlimited local mailboxes**
  • Requires only one connection to the Internet
  • Infinite user aliases
  • Works well with all know mail clients (Internet Mail, Pegasus, ANT Suite, Eudora etc)
  • Simple configuration
  • Works with Dialup, ISDN and permanent connections to the Internet
  • Password protected mailbox for each user
  • Acts as a LAN mail server as well as an Internet gateway
  • Optional batched or timed delivery and collection
  • An extensive real-time logging window which provides up to the second information on the tasks CMail is performing.
  • Mail filtering - allows mail from certain domains to be ignored & deleted.
  • A fully featured Web-based email client eliminating the need for external email programs.

* For effective use with Virus Control & Content Scanning a minimum server specification of P200 with 64Mb RAM is recommended.
** number of mailboxes is directly linked to the number of licenses purchased.