How to Analyse MDaemon Logs Using Microsoft Excel

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A popular feature of MDaemon is its ability to let administrators quickly pinpoint message activity and session information using detailed logs. Sometimes, however, what’s required is more an overview of server usage such as how load is being shared across users or mailboxes for example.

In this post I take a look at how you can use Microsoft Excel to query data you may not even be aware is available in MDaemon!

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How to check if somebody knows your password. Have you been ‘pwned’?

If you read my post on ‘spear phishing’  you’ll be aware that the hijacking of email accounts is on the rise. These attacks generally revolve around the attacker already knowing the login details for the account somehow.

When I speak to customers they often wonder how the attacker knew their seemingly complex password. Did they simply guess it?

The simple answer is no, in my opinion, that’s very unlikely.

It’s much more likely that the email address and password were used on another site/ service which has led to them being compromised or ‘pwned’.

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Get Better MailStore Email Alerts Using This Powershell Script

better-mailstore-email-alertsLast year I wrote this article that described how you could use a combination of MailStore email archiver’s auditing features, the Windows task manager and a PowerShell script to send you email alerts in the event an archiving job failed.

This worked well but it was a little on the keen side, occasionally being triggered by a job failing that would actually just go on to run fine again shortly afterwards.

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Storage Wars: Which is the best backup media to choose for your business?

Storage WarsIf you’re considering a backup strategy for your business, it won’t be long before you need to start thinking about storage media, and which of the various types is best suited to your needs.

In this post, I attempt to help by doing my best, to sum up the strengths and weaknesses of each as I see them, from my experience of working with customers using BackupAssist for Windows (which we’re distributors of).

I hope this will be of some use to you regardless of the software you’re using, however, this is written with BackupAssist users in mind.

First up….USB drives.

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Gmail blocking servers that don’t have a Valid IPv6 PTR Record


Gmail-block-ipv6I wanted to share an issue we’ve seen multiple reports of this week, where MDaemon customers have started receiving bouncebacks from Google mail servers.

Valid email is being refused due to PTR record failures, and it’s happening for all Gmail domains including customer registered domains that are used with Google services.
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MDaemon Messaging Server Archiving Options Compared

archiving-mdaemon-email1Our standard recommendation for anyone who wants a true email archiving solution is MailStore Server, however, MDaemon does have some basic archiving capabilities worth being aware of too.

Version 16 of MDaemon introduces changes to the way these native capabilities work, so in this post, I’m going to take a moment to explain the changes and the options now available to you.

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What is a System Protection Job and How Does it Work?

system-protectionI’m frequently asked by customers to explain exactly what’s happening when BackupAssist performs a ‘System Protection’ job, so I figured a blog post on it was well overdue!

Now bear with me as it may seem a little heavy going if you’re new to the subject, but this stuff really is genuinely useful to get your head around, regardless of the backup software you use.

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