Key Concepts and Definitions ALLcNET server ALLcNET administration Contents

The following key concepts and definitions may be useful in understanding how the ALLcNET email server system works;

ALLcNET Email and Web Server

The ALLcNET Email and Web Server software is installed and runs on one of the machines connected to your Local Area Network (LAN). It will usually be installed on a machine that has a modem attached. The ALLcNET software provides the functionality of Email and Web access for your network.

ALLcNET Remote Control

This software is a small package that is installed on each users machine on the Local Area Network. It provide a simple means for users to see if they have mail waiting for them without always having their main email client software such as Outlook 98 or Eudora loaded. Users may also use ALLcNET Remote Control to make the modem dial up the ISP to connect to the Internet to download mail or browse the Web.

Internet Service Provider (ISP)

The organisation that allows you to connect to their computer server equipment to make a connection to the Internet. They will be able to give you the information required to setup your Internet connection as described in QuickStart Installation. .

Users

These are the people in your organisation that you wish to be able to send and receive email and may wish to have direct access to the World Wide Web (WWW, Web or "surf the net") from their computers/workstations. They will most likely each have a computer on their desk that is connected to your Local Area Network (LAN). The LAN is the communication channel that links the users machine to the server machine running the ALLcNET software.

Each user must have an account set up in the ALLcNET server. The client email software installed on each users machine, for example Outlook 98, will have to be set up to log in to the ALLcNET server using this user name and password.

Redirection

ALLcNET uses the term "redirection" to describe the process used to determine who should receive email from the Internet. The rules map the "Internet" name embedded in the email message to an actual user on your system. Redirections must map to a user defined above (in Users). Redirections may be based on the real name part, the username part or the whole of an Internet email address. A typical Internet email address looks like "Joe Bloggs <acmebolts@isp.com>". The real name part is "Joe Bloggs", the username part is "acmebolts". Using the real name part allows you to have just a single email account at your ISP such as acmebolts@isp.com and use ALLcNET to redirect any email sent to this one account to the actual person in your organisation that it was intended for.

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