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A "Quick Start" Guide to Novell NetMail 3.1

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By Kevin Burnett

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Posted: 24 Jan 2003

This AppNote is a "quick start" guide to implementing Novell NetMail 3.1, the latest release of the Novell Internet Messaging System (NIMS). It provides a product overview of NetMail, followed by basic installation and configuration procedures.


  • Introduction
  • Overview of Novell NetMail
  • Preparing to Deploy NetMail 3.1
  • Installing NetMail 3.1
  • Loading and Unloading NetMail
  • Configuring the NetMail System
  • MyRealBox: A Real-World Demonstration of NetMail
  • Conclusion

Here's an excerpt:


Many IT professionals are under pressure to provide e-mail and calendaring services to a rapidly expanding number of users. In the past, supporting a large user base and a growing message volume required a lot of time, effort, and money. Customers began looking for a scalable, high-performance e-mail and calendaring system based on Internet-standard messaging and security protocols. To meet this need, Novell developed the Novell Internet Messaging System (NIMS) as a standards-based messaging solution that provided, e-mail, calendaring, and scheduling across the Internet. This solution was designed to meet the needs of organizations such as schools, universities, government agencies, small businesses, large corporations, and application service providers (ASPs).

NIMS has recently been updated and renamed Novell NetMail. With its directory-based foundation and advanced architecture, NetMail can support hundreds of thousands of users on a single server without sacrificing performance. Also, NetMail can be distributed across multiple servers to ensure continuous availability and a high level of security. In addition to supporting the leading e-mail, calendaring, Internet, and security standards, NetMail runs on multiple platforms, which adds to its flexibility and makes it very attractive to customers who don't want to be locked into a single-vendor configuration.

This AppNote is a "quick start" guide to installing and configuring NetMail 3.1 on any size network. It begins with a brief architectural overview of NetMail to give you a conceptual understanding of the messaging system. It then outlines the installation and configuration steps necessary to get the product up and running.

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