Archiving Emails from SmarterMail

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This implementation guide covers the specifics of archiving SmarterMail Server mailboxes. It is assumed that you already have a MailStore Server installation or test installation and are familiar with the fundamentals of MailStore Server. Please refer to the Manual or the Quick Start Guide for more information.

MailStore Server offers several ways to archive emails from SmarterMail Server mailboxes, which are described below. If you are not sure which archiving method best suits your company, please refer to the chapter Choosing the Right Archiving Strategy.


Synchronizing Users

Additionally to the internal user databases, SmarterMail may also use LDAP directory services such as Active Directory to manage and authenticate users. As MailStore Server also supports Active Directory and other LDAP directory services (e.g. OpenLDAP), it is recommended to set up synchronization in MailStore as well. Additional information on synchronizing users can be found in the corresponding chapter Active Directory Integration of the MailStore Server manual:

Note: When batch-archiving IMAP mailboxes MailStore Server automatically creates non-existing users. The authentication type of those users will be set to MailStore-integrated.

Archiving Individual Mailboxes

In MailStore Server SmarterMail archiving tasks are stored in archiving profiles. By following the procedure described here you can archive a single SmarterMail mailbox for a specific MailStore user. The archiving process can be executed manually or automatically. You can find further information about executing archiving profiles in chapter Email Archiving with MailStore Basics.

  • Users can only archive their own mailboxes to their personal user archive. To archive the emails of other users, you have to be logged on to MailStore Client as MailStore administrator. Only MailStore administrators can archive the emails of other users.
  • In MailStore, click on Archive Email.
  • To create a new archiving profile, select Other Server via IMAP/POP3 from the Email Servers list in the Create Profile area of the application window.
  • A wizard opens guiding you through the setup process.
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  • Select Single Mailbox and click on OK.
  • Fill out the fields Email Address, Host, Access via, User Name and Password. Click on Test to verify the data entered.
    For the IMAP-TLS and IMAP-SSL protocols only: You have the option to ignore SSL security warnings. Generally, these warnings appear if an unofficial certificate is used on the server.
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  • Click on Next.
  • Customize the list of folders to be archived (IMAP only), the filter (IMAP only) and the deletion rules. By default, no emails will be deleted from a mailbox. The timeout value only has to be adjusted as needed (e.g. with very slow servers).
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  • Click on Next.
  • If logged on to MailStore Server as administrator, the target archive can be specified at the next step. Select the archive of the user for whom the mailbox is to be archived.
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  • At the last step, a name for the new archiving profile can be specified. After clicking on Finish, the archiving profile will be listed under Saved Profiles and can be run immediately, if desired.

Archiving Multiple Mailboxes in One Step

When archiving multiple mailboxes, SmarterMail works the same as any other email server. Please refer to the corresponding chapter Batch Archiving of IMAP Mailboxes in the MailStore manual.


Archiving Incoming and Outgoing Emails Directly

You can configure SmarterMail Server to save a copy of every email sent and received through the system in an additional mailbox. These emails can then be archived with MailStore Server using archiving tasks of the type Archiving IMAP and POP3 Multidrop Mailboxes.

Step 1: Configure the mailbox to collect incoming and outgoing e-mails

Please set up this mailbox - in the following called "journal" - as follows:

  • Login to SmarterMail Server by using the administrator's email address.
  • Select Settings from the menu.
  • In the left panel choose Domain Settings | Users
  • Now click on New to create a new user called journal as shown in the screenshot below.
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  • Save the settings for the new user journal and logout.
  • Login as administrator (not the email address) to your SmarterMail server.
  • Click on Settings.
  • In the left panel select Events | New Event to create an event as shown below to journal all incoming emails.
    Enter your local email domain in the field To Domain.
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  • Give the event a unique name, e.g. Journal Incoming and save the settings.
  • Open the Actions-tab and set up an action for the newly created event as shown below.
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  • Save your settings
  • The event Journal Incoming now ensures to save a copy of all incoming messages in the mailbox of the journal user.
  • Now create another event (e.g. call it Journal Outgoing) to journal all outgoing emails as shown in the screenshot below.
    Enter your local email domain in the field From Domain.
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  • To save a copy of all outgoing messages in the mailbox of the journal user, you have to set up an action for this event as well.
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Step 2: Configuration of MailStore Server

Setting up archiving processes for multidrop mailboxes is done using archiving profiles. General information about archiving profiles is available in chapter Working with Archiving Profiles.

Please proceed as follows:

  • Log on as MailStore administrator using MailStore Client.
  • In MailStore, click on Archive Email.
  • To create a new archiving profile, select Other Server via IMAP/POP3 from the Email Server list in the Create Profile area of the application window.
  • A wizard opens guiding you through the setup process.
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  • Select Multidrop Mailbox and click OK.
  • Fill out the fields Access via, Host, Username and Password. Click on Test to verify the data entered.
    For the TLS and SSL protocols only: You have the option to ignore SSL warnings. Generally, these warnings appear if an unofficial certificate is used on the server.
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  • Adjust any further settings such as how to handle emails with unknown addresses or asking MailStore to delete emails after they have been archived. The latter option is especially sensible when dealing with mailboxes that are exclusively used for archiving.
  • Click on Next.
  • The timeout value only has to be adjusted on a case-by-case basis (e.g. with very slow servers).
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  • Click on Next.
  • At the last step, select a name for the new archiving profile. After clicking on Finish, the archiving profile will be listed under Saved Profiles and can be run immediately or automatically, if desired.

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  • MailStore Server is one of the leading email archiving solutions for SMB.
  • For private use there is a free tool for email archiving furthermore: MailStore Home.