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Installing MailStore

Choosing a Computer for the Installation of MailStore Server

The MailStore server can be installed on any Windows PC. Neither server operating system nor database system is required. An overview of supported operating systems can be found in chapter System Requirements.

Installation on an existing server

MailStore Server can be installed on an already existing server PC without any restrictions. Although not required, a concurrent installation on a Microsoft Exchange server is possible without any restrictions as well. No changes are made to the Exchange server. Should the capacity of the current computer used for archiving reach its limits, the entire archive can be moved to another machine within minutes.

Tips for the test mode

To test MailStore Server, it can be installed on any workstation PC. Operation in a virtual machine (e.g. VMware) is possible without any restrictions as well.

Starting the Installation

To start the installation process, double-click on the downloaded setup file. This is a regular Windows installation; simply follow the instructions on the screen.

Choosing a Directory

MailStore Server by default uses the following directory as storage location:


This will be the directory in which the actual email archive will be stored.

You can change the storage location after the installation has finished by using the MailStore Server Service Configuration. Should you plan to store on a Network Attached Storage (NAS), the chapter Using Network Attached Storage (NAS) will provide more information on this. If you want to move your archive to a new location at a later date, the article Moving the Archive will provide more information on this.

First Time Installation

After successfully installing MailStore Server for the first time, it is recommended to continue with the Quick Start Guide. A step-by-step tutorial explains the basics, from creating users to successfully archive emails the first time.

About MailStore

  • 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.