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Installation of Mercury Mail Server

The Installation Process

1. Double click on the Mercury/32 install file and select setup to install.

2. At the prompt for New Installation or Install Update, select New Installation.

3. At the Netware prompt, select No Netware Support.

4. Select the folder name that you want to install Mercury/32 to & click OK.

5. At the prompt for Pegasus Mail integration, select No Pegasus Mail Integration unless you intend to use their client software (similiar to Outlook Express).

6. The components to install for your mail server are ;

MercuryS SMTP Server which is the module that will listen on port 25 for incoming connections from remote and accept mails meant for the local users that are within acceptable requirements of the local policy i.e. it is not UCEs.

MercuryP POP3 Server which will listen on port 110 for connections from local or remote source that will authenticate user and release their emails to them.

MercuryD POP3 Client is optional component for users that may have other mail accounts the will require retrieval for another server. However this is supported only for POP3 protocol and thus mail accounts like hotmail and yahoo without POP3 will not be supported.

MercuryX Task Scheduler is the module that handles co-ordination between different component with the mail server environment best left installed as default. The built-in ETRN dequeue support is also found here.

MercuryF Finger Server module is a module that listens on port 79 for connection and reply with the user profile of the queried username. It is commonly abused thus we normally leave it unselected.

MercuryH is a directory or phonebook option which will only serve to be useful if you are using Pegasus client so there is no need to install it as well.

MercuryW Change password server is for ease of changing your password without having to logon on the server. You can connect to port 106 (a non-standard port) and make changes to your password from remote or from anywhere within the LAN. Mail client like Eudora besides Pegasus, has the facility to change the password on Mercury Mail Server.

Otherwise, you could start a telnet session and connect to server port 106 and enter USER followed by your username, then PASS followed by your password and finally NEWPASS followed by your new password and your password will be changed to the new one.

MercuryI IMAP server is must if you are intending to integrate Squirrelmail as a web interface portion to Mercury/32. There will also be some popular mail client such as Eudora that may utilise this function.

7. For SMTP Client module, select MercuryE since you will probably have a permanent connection if you intend to have a mail server.

8. Next you will need to enter your domain name and your postmaster's email name or you can leave it as the default Admin.

9. When selecting level of relaying control for the SMTP Server, it is advisable to select Strict since it is the most secured method of controlling relay attempts. When in normal relay, a remote client can connects in to your smtp server and spoof himself as and still send out emails. This is because the server does not check whether the user is a valid local user and will deliver the message to its intended destination.

10. You can then leave the rest of the options as default and install Mercury/32 on your server.

Guide On Setting Up Mercury Mail Server
  • Prior To Setting Up Mercury
  • The Installation Process
  • Additional Configuration After Installation Of Mercury/32
  • Mercury SMTP Server Options
  • Micellaneous Compliance Control
  • DOS Mode Virus Scanning
  • Testing And Scheduling Of Weekly Definition Updates
  • Setting Up Automatic Replies
  • Setting The Autoreply File As A Template
  • What's New in Mercury/32 v4.01a
  • Version 4's SMTP Filtering