[Samba] Samba & Outlook Express

Ninja ninja at leet.it
Tue Apr 13 20:58:27 GMT 2004

I will go to explain my situation: I have to set up a little net (max 15
clients, with Windows and Linux OS) for a school; they need that in every
host of the net if they log in as "FOO" they can use "FOO"'s preferences,
and maybe have some restriction for "student user". In particular for a
"teacher" they want to be able to read their emails and get access to them
in every computer they log in... To make this plain I have use samba as a
PDC with roaming profiles, and I use poledit to create different policy
files for every groups (I'm still working on it).

Because the "teachers" would be little in number and because only a
"teacher" would have an email account (with a free provider,probably
different), I think that set up an Imap server is not a good solution (also
because a teacher maybe would read the email at home)... I think I will use
the default setup of Outlook that save a file in the user directory, that is
then stored in the server, and setup Outlook to leave on the server the

What do you think??

Thanks to everyone is helping me!!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: samba-bounces+ninja=leet.it at lists.samba.org 
> [mailto:samba-bounces+ninja=leet.it at lists.samba.org] On 
> Behalf Of Alexander Gretencord
> Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 9:21 PM
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba & Outlook Express
> On Tuesday 13 April 2004 18:46, Ninja wrote:
> > I'm agree with you, but not always you can use an Imap 
> server, an usually
> > who gives you an e-mail account for free gives only an Pop3 
> server...
> Yes indeed that is mostly true. But why do you use those anyway? As I 
> understood you, you are trying to set up a PDC with samba (or 
> even already 
> have one) so I assume this is for a company. This company can 
> surely either
> a) afford a service Provider which offers IMAP
> b) afford to run its own mailserver
> c) run its own IMAP Server off the samba PDC
> In case c) your server must of course fetch all the mail from 
> the freemail 
> provider. I do that for my own freemail accounts at home with 
> fetchmail. It 
> was born out of the need to read mail in Windows and Linux 
> while I was still 
> dual booting so yes this is so easy to setup, I did it as a 
> linux newbie :)
> As I don't know anything about your organisation I don't know 
> how feasible 
> that is for you or how much work it would be to set up fetchmails 
> configuration in a changing environment but hey this is linux 
> and we got 
> scripting languages :)
> If you are just looking for another mail Client, try out 
> Mozilla Thunderbird, 
> you can define the profile path. I have never tested storing 
> it on a samba 
> share though, as IMAP is the definite answer.
> Alex
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