wanted to know what are the steps required to set up a mail server?
not exchange what others are available and how?
is there anythink free for windows?
We use MDaemon and I would recommend it. It is very easy to configure, runs on relatively low spec hardware (we have ours vitualised now but it ran for a long time on a very low spec box) and the support and documentation are good.
Not free, and licences depend on the number of mailboxes, but it works well with Outlook and has its own Webclient, called Worldclient, which is very easy to use. We have used it for about 10 years now and it is effectively install and forget once it is set up.
Why not use Google Apps or Microsoft Live@Edu, both free for educational use and don't require the purchase or provison of hardware.
What sort of info are you looking for? A read on the respective websites provides loads of info and they are both very quick and easy to sign up for. It's the configuring part which can take some time.
They both allow you to use your own domain. In fact I think you have to have your own domain because you have to prove you own it by chaning the MX records (that's what Live@Edu needs anyway).
Google Apps for Education.
I presume you already have your own domain?
When we were an RM school and before we went with RM Exchange they sold us their iMail product. It was based on this product:
IMail Server - Windows Email Server, an Exchange Alternative
It is still available.
Theres Surgemail but i don't think its free - its what our lea provide us with
There is no real way of having your own free domain (if one is advertised as such there WILL be a catch).
You will have to purchase your own domain from a hosting company and usually the cheapest packages for about £5 per month will come with a mail server run by the hosting company. If you wish to host it at home then you must learn about dyndns and how edit your DNS records on the internet. Installing, configuring and maintaining a mail server is not like installing, say, Word for example. When we say things are 'easy' what we mean is tha they are easy for us who know a LOT about computers, networks and how things work in the real world. Whilst we don't mind helping people out we must know your level of knowlege first.
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