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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MDaemon v16.5 – New antispam feature, auto-updating, webmail category support and lots more…

MDaemon 16.5

It’s inconvenient, it undoubtedly costs your business money and it has the potential to cause you headaches of epic proportions.

Perhaps that’s not the greatest sales strap line you’ve ever read?

Well, that’s because I’m not referring to MDaemon, in this case, I’m talking about your friend and mine, spam email.

You know, that particularly enjoyable type where seemingly innocuous messages from colleagues/ suppliers/ customers, turn out to be from one of those aspiring Mr. Robot types hell-bent on crypto’ing the life out of your data.

In 16.5 there’s less chance of that happening as one of the new features of interest is the simple, but effective ‘From Header Protection/ Modification’.

That’s not all – there’s auto-updating, centralised Outlook Connector settings, an XMPP server (yes, I had to Google it too) and some improvements to Worldclient you’ve been asking for.

Here are my highlights – as usual, you can find the exhaustive version available in the MDaemon Release Notes.

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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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Outlook Connector v3.6.0 – Multiple Account Support, Automatic Updates and Improved Attachment Handling

SecurityGateway v4.0Would you find it useful to be able to see the entries in a colleague’s calendar? Perhaps a few of you share a meeting room and you’d like the ability to manage bookings? Maybe you just need an out-of-office responder you can set from Outlook?

Today sees a new point release of Outlook Connector, a highly recommended add-on for MDaemon Messaging Server. It’s the part that provides all of the above, plus lots more ‘Exchange-like’ functionality to help you work more efficiently by collaborating better with your colleagues.

Here are the highlights of this minor update – as always, you can find a more detailed list in the official release notes.

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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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Free MDaemon Email Server Licences for VARs, ITSPs and MSPs

MDaemon NFRsStill voted the number one alternative to Microsoft Exchange, MDaemon is aimed at small business owners who want the extra privacy and control that an on-premise email service can offer.

It’s a great tool to have in your armoury as an IT Service Provider, Reseller or MSP and what’s more, as a partner programme member you’re entitled to a fully functional, free copy for your own use.

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MDaemon v16.0 is Here! Includes A New Spam Protection Feature, Apple Contacts Sync and Lots More…

MDaemon 15.5Despite the rise in popularity of cloud services, many businesses still prefer the control, privacy and dedicated nature of their own email server.

MDaemon has been at the top of the list of alternatives to Microsoft Exchange for some time, and with this latest release, Texas-based developer Alt-N strengthens their place with a range of new features to help small business owners and admins alike.

In this post I briefly highlight the new additions I think you’ll find most interesting, including a fantastic new addition to the spam protection armoury and some terrific news if you’re an iPhone or Apple OS X device user.

As always, this is just our highlights, a comprehensive list of all new features and enhancements can be viewed in the MDaemon Release Notes.

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