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    All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    I have the following scenario.
    4 Workstations running Win 2000 + Office 2000 / win XP Pro + Office Pro.
    Server running Win 2000 server.

    I would like the users in Outlook to be able to send and receive their own e-mails (user_1@somewhere.ch, user_2@somewhere.ch...)

    Could one user also act as administrator and have access to all e-mails

    Is this possible with the configuration above and if so how.
    Is this possible only if extra software needs to be purchased if so what software and how.

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    are these addresses (user_2@somewhere.ch) existing internet addresses or do you only need LAN based email?

    for internet addresses, you need an isp account, a modem on the computers and outlook set up to check mail. You can also set up some free/low cost mail servers on the server to 'pop' the internet mail boxes for the users and the users just connect to your server for mail.

    for lan based mail only, wgpo will work - or any free/low cost mail server. http://www.slipstick.com has a list of alternatives to exchange or ms mail server.

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    Thanks.

    I wasn't clear enough with the current situation. They heve isp, modem and separate e-mail accounts. The modem is connected to one workstation and a number of times a day the user makes a connection, downloads e-mail for all and distributes as paper printouts (if so required).

    They would like to connect the modem to the server and allow everyone to maintain their own e-mail accounts.

    Do I understand you correctly that they need to obtain and install a mail server and that this is software that will run on their current server?

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    You have responded to my other question re contacts in outlook.
    Would workgroupfolders or SQLView also solve this problem?

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    Although this reply is a bit off-topic, I think the philosophy of most IT people is to dedicate separate servers to applications such as mail, to reduce the load on and the risk of crashing the primary server.

    That said, many good, inexpensive mail servers, such as IMail from Ipswitch, can run on Windows 2000 Professional or Windows NT 4 Workstation (system requirements). Thus, your mail server might fit neatly onto a surplus last-generation PC.

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    no, not really, although they could eliminate the print outs.

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    a mail server would be the best solution - one that can get mail from the users pop accounts. It could run on the workstation that has the modem and basically automate what a person is doing now, but with electronic mail, not printouts. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Most pop mail servers don't require much power, so it won't drag the workstation down on a small network.

    Barring that, i would consider using ICS or NAT to share the modem with the other machines. Let each user check their own mail, ICS (internet connection sharing) lets them all use one modem. ICS is included with winxp and winme - the modem machine needs ICS, the others don't.

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    Good advice though. Thanks for mentioning it.

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    Thanks. I'll be getting all this info together soon.
    Some people like paper printouts - that is sometimes a hurdle to newer work methods.

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    Re: All users on client/server accessing and sending e (2000 / XP)

    Thanks. I'll read up about ICS and NAT .

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