StarNine Mail Server -- Entry-level/mid-range mail server for Macintosh platforms

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 5, 2002

Eudora Internet Mail Server (EIMS) is an Internet-based mail server designed to meet the ease-of-installation and administration needs of small to medium businesses, as well as the demands of departmental workgroups. It's also the premier e-mail server for the Macintosh platform (not that there's much competition). EIMS highlights include painless installation and administration capabilities (with remote administration tools), flexibility and scalability, open standards-based support for most of the latest internet protocols, an inexpensive price tag, and a solid set of features.

Internet protocols currently supported include SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol), ESMTP (Extended Simple Mail Transfer Protocol), POP3 (Post Office Protocol), APOP (Authenticated Post Office Protocol), MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions), and Ph (Directory Access protocol). Support for multiple local domains (as well as aliased domain names), anti-SPAM control features (relay blocking and IP address blocking options), a STMP/ETRN extension that provides support for starting mail queues (when used with AppleEvents), and an integrated Ph directory server are just a few of the many features offered by EIMS. Eudora Internet Mail Server (EIMS) is an Internet-based mail server designed to meet the ease-of-installation and administration needs of small to medium businesses, as well as the demands of departmental workgroups.

The Internet Mail Server also functions as the perfect complement to Qualcomm's excellent e-mail client, Eudora, which is included in your purchase of EIMS (the EIMS package with Eudora Light is available for $199 while EIMS with Eudora Pro runs for $299). In addition to excellent integration between the server and client, another advantage is that EIMS will automatically configure each Eudora mail client on your network. Eudora Internet Mail Server includes a 90-day free technical support policy for both the server and the mail client (with additional support available via support contracts), which makes for another added convenience when the two packages are used together.

The only real shortcomings of the server are its lack of cross-platform compatibility, enhanced security technology, and support for new mail protocols like IMAP4. EIMS is currently only available for Macintosh (both Power Mac and 680x0) platforms; however, Qualcomm does offer a Windows NT mail server, Eudora WorldMail Server, with similar features and capabilities. EIMS offers built-in security features through APOP authentication facilities and multi-level access control, but it doesn't currently offer support for S/MIME or RSA encryption technology as do competing solutions like Netscape Messaging Server. Finally, while the newest release of EIMS has added support for LDAP services (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), the server still lacks support for some of the latest Internet mail protocol standards like Internet Messaging Access Protocol (IMAP4).

Despite these relatively minor caveats, Eudora Internet Mail Server is an excellent solution for users in need of an entry-level to mid-range Macintosh mail server that is easy to get up and running with and offers an extensive set of features. It's also one of the least expensive mail servers currently available with a unlimited-user price tag of just $199 ($299 for the EIMS plus Eudora Pro package). Those looking for a cross-platform solution will likely want to check out Eudora's WorldMail Server or an enterprise-level server like Netscape Messenging Server, but for the Macintosh platform EIMS remains the most cost-effective, feature-rich mail server available today.

Pros: Intuitive interface, easy to install and use, solid performance, inexpensive, solid feature-set
Cons: Mac only, lacks advanced security technology and some features in the competition
New: Performance improvements, multihoming support, revised file-based mail API

New inv2.2: LDAP support, ACAP auto-configuration support, domain/IP address relay options, message filtering plug-in API, SPAM filtering plug-in API with MAPS Realtime Blackhole List, support for Eudora auto-configuration, performance improvements; Release Notes
Upgrade Meter: 5

New in v2.2.2: Ad filter feature, ORBS filter, dial-up manager, ETRN wildcards supported, numerous bug fixes; Release Notes
Upgrade Meter: 4

New in v3 beta: Increased default memory allocation; multiple bug fixes; IMAP and appearance manager support; old mail can be deleted and mailbox formats converted; support for twice the throughput of v.2.2; expansion of address headers and addition of missing address headers are now options; and various other added features are available
Release Notes
Upgrade Meter: 4

New in v3.0 Beta 6: Fixed manual bounce showing garbage in console; fixed crashing bug that occurred when converting messages from binary to base64; fixed problems with base64 encoding of bytes with the high bit set
Release Notes
Upgrade Meter: 1

New in v3.0.2: Supports IMAP4rev1; supports adding and removing domains and domain aliases; EIMS Mail Utility: Can delete old mail and convert mail box formats; appearance manager support; performance improvements (throughput is twice as high as in EIMS 2.2); port numbers and maximum connections from the same host can be configured for all servers; port numbers can now be specified for SMTP routing and Notify Mail (domain: port); expansion of address headers and adding missing address headers are now options; bounce messages can be set to contain only the headers of the message being bounced; mailbox files can be processed by being dropped into the "Incoming Mail" folder; fixed bug where IMAP was not handling a trailing space in part of a Content-Type header; fixed balloon help in connection stats window; fixed IMAP handling of long Content-Type attribute names; date part of Received headers is no longer wrapped; fixed problem with timeouts longer than 18 minutes; fixed problem with IMAP shared-folder aliases not working; fixed * and % in LIST not working if they are the last character; bounce messages with only the headers included now use text/rfc822-headers MIME type; fixed various crashing bugs handling multiple domains and/or aliases;
Release Notes
Upgrade Meter: 4

Version Reviewed: 2.2.2
Date of Review: 4/20/99
Last Updated 12/7/00
Reviewed by: Forrest Stroud

Operating Systems / Latest Versions:

Macintosh - Power Mac, 680x0. Versions - v2.2.1 (Latest Upgrade Release)
v2.2 (Latest Demo Release), v1.3.1 (Latest Freeware Release)

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