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hi all
im going to be building a new smpt mail server and i was wondering what kind of hardware, os, and smtp soft you guys would recommend . am i going to need something pretty beefy or can i use a atom or Pentium4? it will also have to host a small web page. i would like to keep it under $1000us. but i already have an old p4 and atom system just laying around. its probably going to be sending out around 5000 emails a day. any and all advice welcome
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hi all
im going to be building a new smpt mail server and i was wondering what kind of hardware, os, and smtp soft you guys would recommend . am i going to need something pretty beefy or can i use a atom or Pentium4? it will also have to host a small web page. i would like to keep it under $1000us. but i already have an old p4 and atom system just laying around. its probably going to be sending out around 5000 emails a day. any and all advice welcome
Did you check first to see if your ISP permits you to send mail out on your connection? 5000 outbound emails per day is a lot.

You didn't say what OS you have experience with. You can do outbound email natively with Windows OS as well as various Linux distributions. Do you need to be able to receive and store email on the server, or is this for outbound only?
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E-mail servers are a pain for small organizations. Its probably easier to get a hosted exchange solution with google apps or something along those lines and/or postini spam filtering.

Your probably better off just getting a 1U atom server to run the website for a few hundred and pay for hosted exchange.
    
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Did you check first to see if your ISP permits you to send mail out on your connection? 5000 outbound emails per day is a lot.

You didn't say what OS you have experience with. You can do outbound email natively with Windows OS as well as various Linux distributions. Do you need to be able to receive and store email on the server, or is this for outbound only?
first of all thanks for the response. as for your first question my isp allows me to send bulk mail, as for your second question i can fumble my way around all os, and for your third question, yes i will have to be able to store "some" inbound emails temporarily on the server for unsubscribing.
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Your probably better off just getting a 1U atom server to run the website for a few hundred and pay for hosted exchange.
I think im leaning towards that who do you suggest?
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I'm going to hide in the mountains after I say this so here gos,
Get Domino Messaging Server, why, because in MY experience having worked with both Exchange and Domino I find domino is more an install and forget wheres exchange is not. Domino messaging is not that hard to set up, plus you can add an application server later if needs be.
Just my 2 cents,
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I'm going to hide in the mountains after I say this so here gos,
Get Domino Messaging Server, why, because in MY experience having worked with both Exchange and Domino I find domino is more an install and forget wheres exchange is not. Domino messaging is not that hard to set up, plus you can add an application server later if needs be.
Just my 2 cents,
Hahahaha... Good one, but I agree with part of your statement. Bear in mind that Exchange is not a "simple" email server. It's a full-blown collaboration server. If you just want email, various versions of Linux server will do, along with basic POP & SMTP included in Windows Server.

And then there's IPSwitch IMail Server, which I used before I installed Exchange.

And then there's Google Apps for Business, or some other variant. Hosted Exchange works too, but can be pricey.
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If you're going to be sending 5000 messages a day you'll probably find yourself autofiltered by spam filters everywhere very soon. You should sign up with some big, recognized company to do your mailing, because they won't get filtered by spam as easily (they're probably whitelisted), and if they do -- they know how to handle it.
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