Control Panel Settings button ALLcNET server ALLcNET administration Contents

Clicking on the settings button in the ALLcNET Control Panel main window will open the main configuration window for the ALLcNET server. This configuration window controls most of the functions of the ALLcNET server. The window has a number of tabs across the top which are organised into various aspects of the server that require configuration as described below.

General tab

The following screen shot shows the General tab in the settings window. This is used to define the ALLcNET Control Panel password and folders ALLcNET server will use.




Password

This allows the setting of the password that has to be entered when using certain functions of ALLcNET Control Panel.

Archives

If you check this option then all email sent or recieved will be saved to an archive on your hard disk. Each day the mail sent and received will be compressed into an in and out .zip file. These files are named after the day they were created eg "2001_02_22 archin.zip". You can look in these zip files if you ever need to retrieve an old email. Please see the advanced section for more information.

User tab

The following screen shot shows the User tab in the settings window. This is used to define the local users who are able to access email through the ALLcNET server, and the rules to be used for the redirection of mail.




User Setup

This section is used to enter the names and passwords for local users who are to be allowed to use the ALLcNET email server to send and receive mail. Clicking on the down arrow will display the current list of users. To add a user click the "Add a User" button and type in the name you wish to use for the user. A default password of "pass" will be automatically entered in the Password field. Be sure to change the password to protect your users by preventing other people from looking at their email. If you have a number of users to add, type in each name then press the enter key and you will be automatically able to type in the next name. When you are finished entering all of the names required, simply move to another field with your mouse or tab key and the auto entry feature will be deactivated. All of the new users added will have the default password of "pass". To change this quickly, select the first user you wish to change by clicking the down arrow and selecting from the displayed list of names, then either with your mouse or tab key, move to the password field. You can now type in the new password for this user. When you have entered the password you can automatically go to the next user by pressing the enter key. You can step through each user on your system by pressing the enter key, changing password as required as you go. When finished click the OK button to close the Settings window and save the new configuration to disk.

Redirector Setup
This section is used to set up the redirection of incoming emails from the Internet to local users on your network. Clicking on the down arrow will display the current list of redirections. To add a redirection click the Add Redirection button and type in the name that the user is known by on the Internet. Usually this will be their real name, such as "sylvia" for example. When an email is sent to your company by someone on the Internet it usually includes the real name of the person to whom they are sending the email. For example "Sylvia Bloggs acmebolts@isp.net" will be included in the email. ALLcNET will use this real name entry to redirect the email to the person nominated in the redirection entries. If you add Sylvia in the left hand field and Sylvia in the right hand field then all email with a real name having "Sylvia" in it will be sent onto the local user Sylvia. If the "Automatically add redirections for new users" checkbox is checked then when ever you add a new user, a corresponding redirection will also be added. Email sent by users on your local network to other users on your local network are redirected in the same manner.

Username redirection

If you click Match:Username then the entry will be used to match the username part of email address (e.g. sbloggs in "Sylvia Bloggs sbloggs@acmebolts.com"). This is used where your company has its own domain for your email addresses.

All redirection

If you click Match:All then the entry will be used to match then the entry will be used to match the complete email address to the entry (i.e. including the username@domain.name) part. This is used where you use a service such as www.mail.com for your email addresses (eg your email address is acmebolts@mail.com) or where you want to redirect email from mailing lists eg all email from mailing list specialInterest@listbot.com.

Assistant Feature

The asssistant feature is set up using ALLcNET Remote Control as described in the RC section.

Internet tab

The following screen shot shows the Internet tab in the settings window. This is used to configure the server with the information it needs to be able to send and retrieve email.




ISP


The ISP section allows the selection of either gateway or dialup access. If your network connects to the Internet via a gateway then just check "Use Gateway". If you use a modem to connect to the Internet then you should setup a phone book entry to use, making sure you actually connect to the ISP with it before continuing, then enter the username and password that will be used to log in to your ISP.

Email out (SMTP)
This field must contain the address of your ISP's SMTP server that ALLcNET will use to send email to the Internet. You may also enter the port number to use when sending email to your ISP's SMTP server. Usually this will be 25, so there is rarely any need to change it.

Local Users
This specifies the port that users on your local network will connect to in order to retrieve their email from the ALLcNET sever. These are usually 110 for POP (email in) and 25 for SMTP (email out) and should not need to be changed. The third field in this section allows you to define the local user who will receive any emails from local users that are addressed to a local user who does not exist or any email that results in other errors that need to be flagged. This will usually be the person designated as the administrator or postmaster for your system.

Email in (POP)

This section details the POP email accounts that are to be used by the ALLcNET Server to retrieve email. You can enter additional accounts by clicking the Add button. The bottom field in this section allows you to set the local user that will receive emails from external sources that are addressed to a local user who does not exist, or result in other errors that need to be flagged. This will usually be the person designated as the administrator or postmaster for your system.

The "Email address or domain name" entry is where you put your email address. If you have your own domain name then you should put that in this field. This field is also used as part of the software registration process. If you ever change this field then an automatic registration process will be initiated that will update your registration details. During the update process (which may take a few days), you may see a message in your inbox saying that the software is unregistered. This message is sent every Tuesday so you should only see it once.

The first email account set up in ALLcNET also has special meaning as it is used when logs are sent out of the ALLcNET server to the Internet. The first account defined should be the POP account on the ISP that you connect to. Some ISPs will not allow email from an email address other than the one setup in their account database for local users, consequently if you use a first account other than your ISP POP account, the sending of log files may fail.


Scheduler Tab

The following screen shot shows the Scheduler tab in the settings window. This is used to configure the server with the times it should check for email. The Scheduler tab is laid out in the following sections;




Each section is described below;



Start and Finish Times and Frequency

There are a number of fields used to determine when ALLcNET will connect to your ISP to send and check for mail. The first fields define the time of the day that ALLcNET should start checking for mail, the third field defines the time of day that it should stop checking. These times probably will be the same as your business hours, but may be any period during which you wish to connect to your ISP to collect mail. The second entry defines the time between each mail check during these hours. In the example shown, ALLcNET will start checking at 9 am then every 3 hours until 16:00 pm, so this would result in 3 checks through the day, the first at 9 am, the second at 12 pm and the last at 3 pm.

While a connection is open...

This nominates the time between each ALLcNET check for mail or mail send whilst the system is connected to the ISP. (Note: the connection may have been initiated to check for mail or for other reasons eg accessing the Web).

Force hangup after a connection has been established

If this is checked then the system will force a hang up after the period nominated from the time when ALLcNET finished sending and receiving mail. In the example shown, ALLcNET will dial up at 9am, send and receive email then wait for 5 minutes before hanging up the line. The same will happen again at 12pm and 3pm. Note that the actual time connected is dependant upon the amount of email that is sent and received so if you only have a couple of emails the connection will be open for say 6 minutes while if you have a lot of email the connection may stay open for say half an hour.

Force hang-up after-hours

Once the "until" time (e.g. 16:00 in the figure shown) has passed if this is checked then ALLcNET will hang up the line after waiting the number of minutes nominated (in the example, 1 minute, so ALLcNET will hangup the line a 16:01).

Automatically Dial the ISP for Web browsing

It a connection is not already established then any requests for Web browsing will initiate a dialup in order to establish a connection with the ISP.

Force hangup after Web inactivity

If this is checked then the system will force a hang up after the period nominated from the time that the last web browsing activity took place.

Days of the week to check

This section allows you to nominate which days of the week ALLcNET should connect to your ISP (at the times each day as defined in the previous section) to check for mail. In the example ALLcNET is configured to check mail during the working week (Monday to Friday) but not on weekends.



WWW Tab

The following screen shot shows the WWW tab in the settings window. This is used to configure the World Wide Web settings for the server.




Each section is described below;


Local WWW clients

Browsers on the workstations on your local network will connect to the ALLcNET proxy server so they can browse the WWW. The "Accept HTTP connections from" controls who is allowed to use the proxy server. This is filled in automatically and you will not usually need to change it. The format is "network address/network mask". The second field specifies the port on which the ALLcNET proxy and web server will listen on. The browsers on your workstations must be set to the same value you use here. The default value of 80 is usually correct.

ISP's WWW Proxy

These are optional fields that only need to be filled in if your ISP requires that you connect to the WWW via their proxy server. You will need to get this information from your ISP. Most ISPs implement transparent proxies so you will not need to bother with this.


Please also refer to the clients section for more information.

Top   Contents