Quick Start

There are several steps to the basic configuration of CMail Server. Please note that the guide below covers the manual setup of CMail Server. CMail Server 2.4 incorporates a Setup Wizard that can be accessed from the Help > Setup Wizards > Basic Configuration menu. 

  1. Setting CMail to handle mail for an Internet domain name
  2. Unlocking the console
  3. Setting CMail's Internet Connection
  4. Configuration of the SMTP service
  5. Configuration of the POP3 service
  6. Adding a user to CMail Server
  7. Installing CMail Server as a service

Following these steps in the order outlined above will allow you to configure CMail in the shortest time possible.

Setting CMail to handle mail for an Internet domain name
When CMail is run for the first time, the product splash screen will be displayed and immediately afterwards, the 'Hosts/Domains to accept mail for' menu will appear. This menu is where you specify the domain names for which CMail will handle the email. This menu can also be accessed from Configuration > Host Configuration.

  1. Enter your domain or hostname in the New Host/Domain field.
  2. Click the Add button.
  3. The host or domain you entered will appear in the list.

Quick Start: Hosts/Domains Menu

CMail also requires a Primary Domain. The primary domain is used in server to server and server to client greetings messages.

  1. Enter the same domain name into the Primary Domain field.
  2. Click OK.

Unlocking CMail Server
CMail Server's console is password protected by default to prevent users from tampering with the system settings. You will need to unlock the console before you can change and of the configuration settings.

The default password for the application is asecret in lower case. You can modify the Administrator password at anytime but remember that passwords are case sensitive.

  1. Click on the File menu.
  2. Select Unlock from the file menu.

  1. Enter asecret (the default Administrator password) in the password field when you are prompted for the Administrator password and click OK.
  2. Confirmation that CMail Server has been unlocked will be displayed on the screen.

Setting up the Internet connection
The Remote Access menu defines how CMail Server will make its connection to the Internet to exchange mail. CMail supports connections via the Windows Remote Access Service (Dial-Up Networking), a LAN or Router connection or Computalynx SCM.

Quick Start: Remote Access Configuration

  1. Select Remote Access from the Configuration menu.
  2. Select the relevant connection method you wish to use for CMail to connect to the Internet.
  3. If you have selected Use SCM or User Router/LAN then press OK to exit Remote Access configuration and then click File > Save Settings to write the changes you have made to disk.
  4. If you have selected Use Remote Access:
  5. Select your Internet Connection from the Phonebook Entry listbox.
  6. Enter your Dialup username in the Username field.
  7. Enter your Dialup password in the Password field.
  8. Press OK to exit Remote Access configuration and then click File > Save Settings to write the changes you have made to disk.

SMTP Configuration
Internet mail servers, including CMail, use SMTP Protocol (Simple Mail Transport Protocol) to send email. 

Before proceeding, you will need to know the hostname of your Internet Service Providers SMTP mail server. Your ISP's technical helpdesk should be able to supply this for you.

  1. Select SMTP Configuration from the Configuration menu.
  2. Enter the name of your Internet Service Provider's SMTP mail server in the SMTP Host field.

Quick Start: SMTP Configuration

  1. Ensure that the Port Number reads 25.
  2. Press OK to exit SMTP configuration and then click File > Save Settings to write the changes you have made to disk.

Note: If you are not relaying mail through your Internet Service Providers mail server, please see MX Resolution under Advanced Configuration topics.

POP3 Configuration
The POP3 or Post Office Protocol is used to collect email from a mailbox on your ISP's mail server. 

Before proceeding, you will need to know the hostname of your Internet Service Providers POP3 mail server. Your ISP's technical helpdesk should be able to supply this for you.

  1. From the Configuration menu, select POP3 Configuration.
  2. Under the Primary Hosts section:
  3. Enter the hostname of your ISP's POP3 server in the POP3 Host field.

Quick Start: POP3 Configuration

  1. Ensure that the port number reads 110.
  2. Enter your POP3 username in the Username field.
  3. Enter your POP3 password in the Password field.
  4. Press OK to exit SMTP configuration and then click File > Save Settings to write the changes you have made to disk.

Adding a user to CMail Server
Once CMail has been configured to handle mail for a domain name, you will need to set up mailboxes or users to receive mail. 

  1. Double click with the left mouse button on an Unused License in  CMail Server's main window to launch the User Preferences menu.

  1. Enter a name in the Full Name field. The contents of this field are displayed in the console window for identification purposes. The full name field is purely a label and has no effect on the actual email address.
  2. Enter the required username into the Username field. The username becomes the first part of the users email address i.e. what appears to the left of the '@' sign in the full address. In the example above, the users full email address will be dan@company.co.uk. This username is also forms part of the username and password pair used to collect mail from the server.
  3. Enter a password for the user in the password field.
  4. Although is possible to specify a directory where CMail Server will store email waiting for collection by the user, it is recommended that the default directory be used.
  5. Press the OK button to add the user to CMail Server.
  6. The user will replace an unused license in the console window.

CMail now knows how to handle email for the specified user and will deliver any mail for that user to the necessary inbox. If CMail receives an email that it cannot match with a user, the mail will be sent to the Administrator. 

Installing CMail as a service
CMail is available as a service under both Windows NT and Windows 9x. In both cases, installing the service means that CMail Server will automatically start after the operating system has loaded. Under Windows NT, starting CMail as a service gives the application the necessary permissions required for such features as importing NT users.

  1. Click File followed by Install as Service.
  2. A message box will confirm that CMail is installed as a service.

Summary
CMail should now be configured to send and receive mail from the Internet. You should refer to the Advanced Topics section of the Index for information and instruction on how to configure the more advanced options of CMail such as Virus Control.

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