How do I configure my mail client to use the Softalk Mail Server server?
The Softalk Mail Server server has been installed and a mail client needs to be set up to send emails to it and receive emails from it.
Note that this description explains the procedure specifically for Outlook Express, but the same applies to all mail clients.
First, check that the Softalk Mail Server server program is running on the mail server computer. If Softalk Mail Server is installed to run as an executable then you should see the green cyclic icon in the system tray. If Softalk Mail Server is installed to run as a Windows service, ensure that the service is started by using the Services applet in Control Panel (Administrative Tools).
Next start the Softalk Mail Server Administrator on the mail server computer, and select the user whose Outlook Express you are trying to set up. Make a note of the Local account name and Local password as indicated in the right-hand window.
Now go to Outlook Express on the users’ computer, select Accounts from the Tools menu and select the Mail tab. If no accounts are listed then click Add, Mail, and complete the details in the Internet Connection Wizard. Otherwise, select the appropriate internet mail account and click Properties. The mail account properties will be displayed. On the Servers tab of this property sheet, ensure that the following settings are correct.
|Outlook Express Mail Account Field||__||Setting|
|Incoming mail (POP3)||computer name or IP address of the Softalk Mail Server computer|
|Outgoing mail (SMTP)||computer name or IP address of the Softalk Mail Server computer|
|Account name||Local account name for user in Softalk Mail Server Administrator|
|Password||Local password for user in Softalk Mail Server Administrator|
|Log on using Secure Password Authentication||Unchecked|
Select the Connection tab and make sure that ‘Local Area Network’ is selected and the ‘Always connect to this account using:’ option is selected.
Click OK on the mail account property sheet and then press Close on the Internet Accounts dialog box.
Click Send/Receive in Outlook Express. It should now start talking to the Softalk Mail Server POP3 server.
If Outlook Express reports an error connecting to the Softalk Mail Server server then click here for more information on testing the connection.