The calculator below helps to specify the hardware needs subject to the number of users, stored email, and the archiving strategy.
Calculations are based on the following base values:
- Yearly Email Volume per User: 10000
- Email Size: 75Kb
- Compression Ratio: 60%
|Total Number of Users|
|Total Number of Instances|
|Years of Email Data|
Important notice: Ensure that the SSD drives to be used are designed for operation in database servers.
|Disk Space||Operating System|
|Network Bandwidth||1000 Mbit/s|
Please note: For a planned MailStore Server installation with more than 500 users, please contact our Technical Support to determine the optimal hardware setup.
MailStore Server, MailStore Client and MailStore Outlook Add-in require the following operating systems for installation and execution. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are supported.
- Microsoft Windows 11
- Microsoft Windows 10
- Microsoft Windows Server 2022 (Standard, Datacenter)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2019 (Essentials, Standard, Datacenter)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (Essentials, Standard, Datacenter)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (Foundation, Essentials, Standard, Datacenter)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (Foundation, Essentials, Standard, Datacenter)
Please note: For a MailStore Server installation with more than 25 users, a Microsoft Windows Server operating system is required for the MailStore Server Service because of restrictions of concurrent connections of Microsoft Windows client operating systems.
The following other software is required:
- Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.8
- Optional: IFilter drivers on the MailStore Server computer for filetypes to be indexed
MailStore Outlook Add-in is compatible with the following versions of Microsoft Outlook for Windows. Both, 32-bit and 64-bit versions are supported.
- Microsoft Outlook 2021 (Click-to-Run only, Windows Store version is not supported)
- Microsoft Outlook 2019 (Click-to-Run only, Windows Store version is not supported)
- Microsoft Outlook 2016 as component for Office 365 (Click-to-Run)
- Microsoft Outlook 2016
- Microsoft Outlook 2013 as component for Office 365 (Click-to-Run)
- Microsoft Outlook 2013
- Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Click-to-Run is not supported)
- Microsoft Outlook 2007
- Microsoft Outlook 2003
The following web browsers are officially supported by MailStore Web Access. Other browsers based on the same rendering engine as the once below (e.g. Opera) may work as well.
|Operating System / Browser||Edge||IE 11||Firefox (Latest)||Chrome (Latest)||Safari (Latest)|
|Windows 7 (SP1)||Supported||Supported||Supported|
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do large email volumes affect the performance and what is recommended maximum?
A: The more emails are archived on a daily basis the more resources are required and more time is needed to execute certain tasks such as searching the archive. Environment with much higher volumes than 10000 emails per user per year, may experience degraded performance over time.
Q: Can I install MailStore Server on the same computer where Microsoft Exchange or any other email server is installed or do I have to install it on a dedicated machine?
A: Primarily this depends on the size of your setup, the archiving strategy and the kind of usage. Whenever possible, the MailStore Server service should be installed on a dedicated machine.
Q: Most email archiving products on the market seem to require Microsoft SQL Server or a similar product installed. Does MailStore Server also require an external database server?
A: MailStore Server comes with an integrated storage and does not depend on any other external database server.
Q: Do I need an additional web server like Microsoft IIS or Apache to offer MailStore Web Access to my clients?
A: No. MailStore Server runs its own HTTP server on the corresponding TCP ports. Therefore you do not need an additional web server to use MailStore Web Access.
F: What needs to be considered while using anti-virus software with MailStore?
A: When using file based virus scanners, it is recommended to exclude all archive directories (master database and archive stores) from scanning. For more information, please refer to the notes on anti-virus software.
Q: Is it possible to run MailStore Server on virtual machines like VMware guests or similar?
A: Yes it is possible, as long as the underlying operating system supports it, there is no problem running MailStore Server inside a virtualized environment.
Terminal Server environments
Q: Is it possible to run MailStore in a terminal server environment?
A: Yes, running MailStore Client and MailStore Outlook Add-in is absolutely possible. Running MailStore Server service on a terminal server is not recommended.
Network Attached Storage
Q: Do I have to store the archive on the local hard disk, or can I also store it (or parts of it) on network attached storage, e.g. a network share?
A: In general, using local storage is preferable to using network storage. To use MailStore Server with storage on a NAS, different options are available which are described in the article Using Network Attached Storage (NAS).