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I'd like to have a little in-house e-mail server. Doesn't need to broadcast to the Internet. I noticed that when I get onto a web host, they often offer an unlimited number of e-mail addresses via cpanel. Because I want to experiment with that in testing, I'm wondering if anyone could tell me how to set it up on my machine? I'm using XP and Apache.

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Thank you, Joel. – Wolfpack'08 Jun 30 '12 at 3:32
Joel, any thoughts about this question? I was very anxious about asking it. – Wolfpack'08 Jun 30 '12 at 3:34
This might be more involved then you think. If you want it for the whole network your going to need DNS as well. – Jeff F. Jun 30 '12 at 3:35
It sounds like what you want is a stand-alone POP3 or IMAP4 server. I don't know Apache sorry, so I'm not sure if there's a piece of companion software to it that runs those things on Windows XP. Still, maybe search on "Windows POP3 server XP" or similar. Good luck! Also you don't need DNS if you only have a few clients or just one. Just use IP addresses. – Mark Allen Jun 30 '12 at 3:38
I remember hMailServer and MDaemon being suggested in various places. – grawity Jun 30 '12 at 3:40
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Download XAMPP from Their stack includes a Mercury Mail server which will do exactly what you are looking for.

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That's what I was thinking... that there was something built into xampp. – Wolfpack'08 Jun 30 '12 at 4:30
Yep - Mercury Mail will run as a service and do the basics, enough to simulate what you need. – lonstar Jun 30 '12 at 4:31
Are you sure you meant FireZilla? FileZilla comes with XAMPP and is an excellent SFTP/file server solution. All I saw for FireZilla (besides Pokemon) is a XUL download manager project on SourceForge. – lonstar Jun 30 '12 at 5:58
Thunderbird, ionstar? That's what I meant.... My mistake. It's a useful tool for localhost-to-localhost e-mails. – Wolfpack'08 Jul 1 '12 at 1:37

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