[K12OSN] Student email

Jim Hays haysja at sages.us
Wed Dec 8 22:59:56 UTC 2004

I think David is talking about a separate box whose sole purpose is to provide
student email.  SME makes a very good email server - it is what he is using now
for his email, I think.  There would not be any other services needed except
Webmail so the students can get to the server.

Quoting Les Mikesell <les at futuresource.com>:

> On Wed, 2004-12-08 at 16:05, David Trask wrote:
> > >But this doesn't satisfy David's criteria that the students be able to 
> > >access this from their home.  What he is asking for is a "private/local"
> > >email system that can be accessed by the authorized users (his students)
> > >from anywhere on the Internet. 
> > >
> > >The private/local part is easy - an SME server with a private IP.  
> First you have to decide if you are likely to want any other services
> to be public.  The SME server has decent firewalling so if you may
> need ftp/web (etc.) access you could use its 2-NIC mode.
> > >Access from the outside is the hard part.
> > >
> > >What about this:  Set up a private SME server as above.  Set up an IP 
> > >forward on your firewall that will allow students to get to the private 
> > >server from the outside via WebMail.  (Just brainstorming.....)  They 
> > >should not be able to mail out since the local server has no public IP 
> > >but the students should be able to get to WebMail from outside.
> Either way will work, and the SME server has a decent web mail built
> in that you can configure to run over http or https only. I'm still
> not sure what to expect in the way of updates for SME, though, and
> it would only be slightly more difficult to use a stock k12ltsp
> server.
> It is possible to configure sendmail (not sure about SME's
> qmail) to require authentication and even ssl for SMTP and most
> mail clients these days have those options. I've only seen that
> done to control who can relay mail to non-local addresses but if
> you can turn it on for all SMTP access it will do what you want and
> you could have your choice of using an IMAP client or webmail.
> ---
>   Les Mikesell
>     les at futuresource.com
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Jim Hays
Technology Director
Monticello CUSD#25
Monticello, IL  61856

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