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Nov 22

Mercury Mail Transport

Pegasus / MercuryYou’re a busy administrator. You run a small office – say a dozen people. And they all need email. What do you do? Well, Microsoft Exchange is very expensive – and it doesn’t support the peculiar way your ISP sends all the email to a single POP3 address, regardless of who it’s for, or maybe you’re already running a full NetWare setup.

Enter Mercury. Mercury (which is part of the Pegasus Mail suite) can run either as a Windows application (or as a service if you purchase an add-on licence), and it allows you to run as many domains or user accounts as you like.

While it’s fairly easy to set Mercury up, if you read through the manuals there’s a lot of clever functionality in there – you can even get it to print selected emails automatically (excellent for particular financial applications, for example, to create audit trails without any user intervention).

In the space we’ve got here we’ve only scratched the surface; for further details you’d need to consult the community support site.

We have run Mercury in the past. It can do end-to-end delivery of emails, meaning that you don’t need your ISP’s smart host in order to deliver emails (in some cases this can be an advantage, of course) which is what was needed at the time (having 2 ISP accounts and regularly switching between them meant we didn’t have to change email settings based on which connection we were using).

Mercury is reliable, fast and stable. It is slightly complex to set up the routing rules, but reading the support site should provide copious examples. Best of all, for non-commercial use (or for a non-profit, such as a charity) , Mercury is completely free.

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