Hosting your own email server at home is easy, depending on your level of experience in setting up and email server. Before you decide to host your own email server, or consider doing any project, you should always count the course. By this, I am referring to finding out as much information about what you want to do, before attempting to do it.
This article will reveal to you, several basic points that you should consider when thinking about hosting your own internal email server at home.
Physical Server & Appliances
Email servers can come in many forms and shapes. Forms and shapes refer to either a physical server, or an email appliance. A physical Server is a powerful computer that is designed to run many applications at the same time. An email Appliance is a physical device, but much smaller in size, compared to a Server. This device usually has built in email server software installed.
The software that is normally installed on an email appliance is normally Linux based, rather than windows.
If you decide to use a physical Server, then you have several options available to choose from in reference to software. You can use Linux Email Server Software, or a Windows Server Application like Exchange Server. You can even use the Lotus Notes platform, or even the I Mail platform.
Since my site is about Exchange Server and related technologies, I highly recommend setting up an Exchange Server, instead of the other platforms mentioned. The choice is yours though, but it is always best to go with what you are most familiar with. Whether you are setting up an Exchange Server, or any other mail platform the basic components are the same.
To setup your personal email server at home using Exchange Server software, several components are required, to complete the puzzle.
Mail Server Components and Requirements
Every email Server needs a domain name, and somewhere to host the domain files. Exchange Server requires MX records, SRV files, and a DNS Server. Active Directory is also a requirement for Exchange Server to work properly. When Active Directory is installed, DNS is taken care of automatically.
With Exchange Server, you have the option of setting up a dedicated server, or you can combine your Active Directory and your DNS server setup, on the same server that Exchange Server is installed on. Doing it this way greatly decreases the need to purchase more than one Server.
Email Servers that are kept at home requires adequate power supply to run server hardware. A good source of finding out whether you have the power resources required to run your server is to check with your local Electrician first.
In the absence of adequate power resources, you can always host your server at a hosting company.
You have the option of purchasing and hosting your domain at the same registrar, but this is not recommended. It is always advisable to not host your domain at the same place that you have purchased it from.
Possible popular hosting companies to consider when searching for a Domain Registrar and a hosting company would be Go Daddy, and Host Gator. There are literally thousands available, just to name a few.
Okay, let’s do a recap of the components that you will need in order to host your email server in your home. Listed below is a list of the most common components that are required to setup Exchange Server email server.
- A physical Server
- Windows Server Software
- Exchange Server Software
- A Domain Name & Hosting
Email Server Alternatives
If setting up your very own private email server at home appears to be difficult, another option comes into the picture after you purchase a domain name, and your hosting account. You can always use the free provided email address that comes along with your hosting account. Or as I had mentioned earlier, you can always hire a professional to setup your server in your home.
You also have the option of using either a free Gmail, or Hotmail account, but you would have to use their domain extensions.
” By Andrew Moss”