SUMMARY: Sun & Windows NT: Mail

From: Nils Kalvatn Larsen (
Date: Tue Mar 19 1996 - 01:05:24 CST

Hello again, Gurus!

Thank for the overwhelming respons on my query. Seems like most of you guys
recommend POP3 & Eudora light.

The unabrivated summary:

o Syed Zaeem Hosain (
  Eudora from Qualcomm works very well for this purpose.

o Mickey (

  Erm, you can install POP clients on the NT workstations (e.g. eudora) and a
  POP server (if you don't have one) on the sun(s).

o Justin Young (

  Too bad you didn't go netware.

  Yes, the PC's can read mail via the Sun server. This can be done several
  ways. The easiest way for your users is to install a pop server on the
  Sun. This will allow them to use mail programs such as Eudora and
  Pegasus (my first choice) with nice graphical user interfaces.
  Otherwise, your users can telnet into the Sun and use pine or elm to read
  their mail. Regardless, you will have to create a mailbox for each user
  on the Sun. (I.e., create an account for each user.) Hope this helps.
  Hows the weather up there today?

o Jay Lessert (

  One easy and cheap thing to do is to ftp to Get your
  self copies of "Eudora Light" (a free Windows POP mail client that should
  run ok on your NT boxes) and "qpopper" (a free POP server daemon that
  will run on your existing Sun mail server).

  Excellent stuff, lots of folks run it, easy to set up, very trouble-free.

o Dan Transue (odt@LANcomp.COM)

  I don't know much about the PC-side but I believe that NT clients can
  run things like Eudora. You can get a pop server for the unix machine
  from your favorite ftp site (probably). Shouldn't be a problem.

o Stephen Harris (

  Set up a POP-3 server on your mailhost then the NT machines can use
  readily available POP-clients (eg Euroda) to send and receive mail.

o Tom Crummey (

  We use imap clients on PCs to read email. One is Simeon from Esys in Canada.
  another alternative is to set up a pop server on your mail system and use
  Microsoft Exchange, though pop means that the mail will be down loaded
  onto the PC and will disappear from the server. imap doesn't do this which
  is why we use it instead.

o Nino Margetic <>

  I am in a similar position and am looking also into the same problem.
  IMHO one can handle this problem in 3-4 diferent ways - depending on the
  underlying protocol one uses for mail delivery and reading.

  1) use MS-MAIL and have a gateway to SMTP. Not very elegant as there will
     be 2 different spools - one on Unix mailhost and the other on NT.

  2) use POP/SMTP combination for mail reading/delivery on NT. There is
     plenty of POP clients out there - both freeware and commercial. Most
     famous: Eudora. Advantage - nice clients, but mail spool is chopped into
     user mailboxes due to the nature of the POP protocol. Also, you have to
     install a few things on your Unix host (POP daemon).

  3) use IMAP/SMTP combination for reading/sending mail. My current
     favourite. IMAP as a protocol will leave the incoming mail on the mail
     host and give the people the ability to read their mail either from
     NT machines or Unix boxes. Disadvantage: far less available clients
     as the protocol is *relatively* new. Probably the most famous client:
     Pine. There is a Windows version available, and is free, but doesn't look
     as half as nice as Eudora - however, functionally equivalent (handles
     MIME). Again you have to install a few things on your Unix host (IMAP

o Rob Allan (

  I haven't worked with NT, but we use a POP system for our PC users. They read
  their mail using the netscape 2.0 mail window. You have to
  have a POP daemon running on the SUN, there are free ones floating around, we
  use the netscape mail server.

  One thing I would caution against is to NFS mount the spoll dir on the NT boxes.
  There is enough problems with the NFS file locking between suns, I wouldn't even
  attempt it with an NT box.

o David Griffith (

  There are several ways to do this. The most simple and cheapest is to use
  the MS Exchange client pointed to the Sun mail-server. If you had several
  hundred PC's, you should set up a MS Exchange Server with SMTP gateway.

o Andre L. Soto (

  One of the easiest ways I found to send and deliver mail to/fro an
  NT box is to setup a POP3 server and have the NT workstations get
  mail from there. Usually, a POP3 server would be setup on your

o Alexander Finkel (

  You could set up the NT clients with POP mail software and put a POP3 server
  on the Sun acting as a mailhost.

  Eudora works very well.

o Sahir Siddiqui (
  Depends on the software you are using on your NT clients to read mail.
  Make sure they support either the POP or the IMAP protocols -
  preferably IMAP - which allows you to maintain your mail on one system
  while reading it from any other.
o Bjorn E. Torsteinsen (

  Javisst kan du det.
  Her på Norges fiskerihøgskole har vi 4-5 Unix maskiner ca. 250 PC'er.
  PC'ene basert på Windows NT/95/3.11 og OS/2 og MacOS

  Alle leser mail fra en Unix mailserver. På mailserveren kjører vi en POP3
  (Post Office Protocol 3) som leverer mail til PC'ene.
  For å sende mail må du ha Sendmail el.l på unix maskine, og det er som regel
  standard på Sun maskiner med Solaris.
  PC'ene kan kjøre et vell av både Public Domain og komersiell programvare.
  Hos oss kjører vi Eudora Light på klientene. Det som er fint med Eudora
  er at den er _enkel_, gratis og finnes til alle de nevnte klient
  operativsystemene (OS/2 kjører windows utgaven)

That's it folks! And again, thank you for your assistance!


Nils Kalvatn Larsen
Granaveien 33


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