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Outlook Email over LAN - HOW?

By SSDubai ·
I have 15 PCs on LAN. None connected to Internet (no dialup or Braoadband). All PCs have MS Outlook (2003) installed.
Without using exchange server or .NET Folder is it possible to exchange emails with the 15 users within the LAN?

All 15 emails can be on the same domain. I want to be able to configure Outlook such that simply clicking 'send/receive' button should send/receive emails.

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POP3 server

by gralfus In reply to Outlook Email over LAN - ...

You can do this with a POP3 server (regular email server, not Exchange). There has to be a server, as far as I understand how email works.

Then you can configure each Outlook client to point to that server.

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I believe that's correct.

by stress junkie In reply to POP3 server

I believe that gralfus is correct. Email clients that most people know about require an email server of some sort. Options are many in the open source world. Novell has created a Linux distribution around OpenExchange, which is an open source and free replacement for Microsnot Exchange Server. If you don't want to deal with Linux then I believe that you are limited to getting out your wallet and purchasing M$ Windows Server for the operating system and M$ Exchange Server as the email server.

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Server Software

by Roger99a In reply to I believe that's correct.

Heard good things about this but I have no personal experience.

http://www.mailenable.com/

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Mailenable

by colin In reply to Server Software

We have been using mailenable (professional) for 3 years now for 25 mail boxes accross our LAN, both for internal and external email.
Each mail box can have ailas addresses added, you can redirect mail and have list & group addresses that go to multiple uses.
On early versions SMTP service stalled occasionally (a known bug)so I set the service to restart! later versions claim to have fixed it (but I have yet to upgrade as I don't like fiddling with what works!)
Try it! standard version is free
Colin

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pop3/smtp

by timw In reply to Server Software

if you're running Windows Server 2003 you can add the role of mailserver to that box. should do the trick nicely.

you're going to need at least one machine that's always available on the network to act as the central host for mail delivery. there's no getting round that.

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Wrong forum.

by deepsand In reply to Outlook Email over LAN - ...

This is a tech. problem, in search of a solution.

It properly belongs in "Technical Q&A," not in "Discussions." Please re-post there.

Not only will you be more likely to attract the attention of those seeking to provide answers, but you will also make it easier for those seeking discussions to find such.

Thank you.

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I absolutely disagree

by stress junkie In reply to Wrong forum.

Even if I supported your premise that tech questions belong only in TQ&A that issue does not apply to this question. This is a discussion about options creating email functionality in a small LAN. There may be many workable opinions. A discussion format is much more appropriate than a format that does not foster discussion.

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Specific circumstance vs General principle

by deepsand In reply to I absolutely disagree

Were the matter at hand re. general principles, as apply to the issue at large , I would concur.

However, this is a request for a solution in a specific instance only.

I.e., he is not seeking to engage in general discussion re. the matter; rather, he is seeking only to satisfy his own immediate needs.

Accordingly, his query belongs in Q&A.

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