SmarterMail 3.x Help

Enabling and Disabling Services

Arrive at this page by choosing Enable / Disable Services from the Manage menu. This page allows you to control which services are running for your mail server. Generally, all of these should be enabled.

Start All - Click on this button to start all services that are currently stopped

Stop All - Click on this button to stop all services. Any current threads will continue to run and will finish properly, but no new threads will be started.

Protocols - A green indicator next to a service indicates that it is running, while a red indicator means a service is currently stopped.

Start and Stop Links - Click on the start or stop link next to a service to stop or start that particular service.


Protocol Types

SMTP - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is a TCP/IP (Internet) protocol used for sending and receiving e-mail. However, since it's limited in its ability to queue messages at the receiving end, it's usually used with one of two other protocols, POP or IMAP, that let the user save messages in a server mailbox and download them periodically from the server. In other words, users typically use a program that uses SMTP for sending e-mail and either POP or IMAP for receiving messages from their local server.

POP - With Post Office Protocol, mail is saved in a mail box on the mail server. When the end user reads the mail, all of it is immediately downloaded to the client computer and no longer maintained on the mail server.

IMAP - Internet Message Access Protocol is a standard service used for accessing e-mail from a mail server. IMAP (the latest version is IMAP4) is a client/server protocol in which e-mail is received and held by the mail server. IMAP requires continual access to the client during the time that it is working with the mail server.

LDAP (Enterprise Edition Only) - Lightweight Directory Access Protocol is a communication protocol for accessing online directory services. Programs like Outlook and Thunderbird use LDAP to retrieve contact lists from SmarterMail.

Spool - The Spool service is the internal message queue used to deliver messages locally and to remote services.