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    Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    I have been working on a project that should involve sending encrypted e-mail via ASP & so far it seems to me I'd have to have access to the mail server itself to setup encryption (such as a PGP-style public/private key scheme). As I don't have access to the enterprise Exchange server and the system I am building will use a small set of mailboxes, it occurred to me it would be better to set up a small mail server on the side rather than work with the Exchange server admin people. Does anyone have experience doing this? I am open to any solution that is cheap and lightweight -- for example, Linux on a box would be fine as I would be able to create and monitor a small pool of non-exchange e-mail boxes for this project. The mail format can be simple text-only (HTML would be nice as well).

    If anyone has experience with this (I have some Linux experience) then basically some kind of thumbnail sketch of what I would need is what I am asking.

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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    Heya Steve, I haven't done what you want to do BUT, I have built many linux mail servers. I can definately help, and this really shouldn't be too difficult. Let me know and I'll mive this to Other O/S's and we'll get started.
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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    ok -- i am leaning towards linux myself as it is cheap, i know a little about it, and it'd be FUN

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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    Sweet, do you have a box available.. nothing too major... I'd start my downloading the ISO's for Redhat 9. Its the easier of the distro's.

    When you install it, do a custom and only pick what you need. I use courier-mta mail server. Its a little harder to initally set up but I think its one of the best mail servers out there. If you're gonna go with courier, don't pick mail on the Redhat menu.
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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    all this is in *early* planning stages -- just trying to think thru needs and options. In brief, I want to generate encrypted email via automation (for example, using ASP or PHP) and it seems to me I'll have to have control over a mail server to set up the encryption code. That's all I've got right now! no HW or SW at the moment.

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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    How do you send mail? Client? (Outlook) or Webmail?
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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    currently I am using ASP and CDONTS to generate an SMTP mailer to an e-mail address (hosted on Exchage)

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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    Hey, let me in on this one ... I want to (eventually) host the email services for my household. I've even got a box waiting (to do something).
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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    CAn you give me a thumbnail sketch of what kind of system we're talking about here?

    Requirements:
    1. Basic SMTP mail server for handling less than 100 e-mail addresses over a LAN (MS Windows network protocol)
    2. Scripting enviornment to generate e-mails automatically (currently using ASP + CDONTS, will need to integrate any other enviornment with ASP and db connections such as Access and SQL Server)
    3. Ability to interact with a corporate firewall in a way that preserves security (or at least just exposes the mail server port only)

    I can write up a proposal on this once the HW costs/requirements are setup.

    What I am thinking of doing is employ scripting/web programming on a small mailserver with custom e-mail addresses that will be filtered via Cipher encryption.

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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    Ok,
    #1 is easy...
    #2 I'm not sure how well linux play with MS sql or Access
    #3 Not a problem

    If this is only a test thing, you really don't need anything special. a decent desktop machine (p4, 512mb ram, 80 gb drve) will suffice.
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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    Heya Chris, what distro you wanna run?
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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    Well, I hadn't thought about it much.

    My client machines are currently running SuSE and / or Mepis at the moment, and I've had experience (brief) with Red Hat, so I'm open to your suggestions.

    As this is a household mail server, I'm planning to use my Pentium 200. It's a 64 MB machine, with 13 GB storage (2 disks).
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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    woah, I'd prolly go with an older version... Redhat 7.1 or 7.2... I run a prmary DNS on 7.1 with a P233..

    If you really wanna get into it, Gentoo is a great distro, BUT, its source based and EVERYTHING has to be compiled. More difficult to setup but much more bang for your buck.
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    Re: Setting up a mail server for encrypted mail

    I was even thinking of DSL, Damn Small Linux. It's light weight, runs fluxbox if I decide I want a GUI (on a server, who really needs a GUI ?).

    Lots of choices out there, just have to find the right one for my hardware (or lack there of). If you recall, I've attempted gentoo before, but I've never been able to get it working properly.
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