Networking considerations – MDaemon, ActiveSync and your mobile devices

If you’re a user of the MDaemon email server, and own either an iPhone, Android device or Windows mobile, it’s quite likely at some point you’ll want to synchronise your calendar, contacts and tasks etc.

While the set-up steps for configuring MDaemon and the devices themselves are very straightforward, because MDaemon needs to be visible to the outside world, there are some networking considerations to be aware of.

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Recent changes at BT Internet and the problems of relying on ISP’s for your email

In the last few weeks we have started seeing an increase in support requests relating to email delivery problems that are outside of the control of the MDaemon server. Specifically this happens when companies are relying on an ISP mail platform to provide POP3 mailboxes and SMTP services to deliver their mail to and from MDaemon. In this article I want to point out why the method you choose to get email in and out of MDaemon is so important and how you can redesign and often simplify your mail platform to minimise the effects of changes that are ‘outside of your control’.

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MDaemon 13 beta preview: Part 3 – Detect and stop hijacked MDaemon accounts

One of the more common customers support calls i get relates to MDaemon suddenly sending vast amounts of spam email. This floods the outbound Internet connection and everything crawls to a halt.

Secondary to this the server’s public IP address can get listed on various external SMTP blacklists which the customer then has to request removal from.

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MDaemon 13 beta preview: Part 2 – Quick ActiveSync device setup using Autodiscover

So on to part 2 of my look at the new MDaemon 13 beta…

I mentioned ActiveSync policies in my last post, well version 13 also sees the addition of one extra small, but very nice feature, in the ability to simplify the self sign-up process for mobile devices using the Autodiscover process.

By removing the necessity to know the public DNS name or IP address of your MDaemon server, all a user now needs to connect their mobile device is their email address and password.

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