April 2, 2004
What’s New with E-mail at SLAC?
New E-mail Infrastructure
Over the past few months, we have been replacing the old software
running on most of our e-mail gateways with new software that can scan
e-mail for viruses and spam. We expect the replacement to be completed
in the near future.
We no longer deliver e-mails found to contain a virus but still deliver
emails which are unscannable. These messages will arrive with a warning
that the server could not scan the e-mail. You should not open the
e-mail unless you were expecting it. An example of an unscannable
attachment is a password-protected Zip file.
We also plan a feature to hold suspected spam on the server. You would
receive an e-mail digest on a regular basis (daily/weekly) listing all
undeliverable e-mails held as spam. You would click on links in the
digest message to retrieve any messages. Otherwise, spam messages will
be purged from the system a�er a few weeks. You can configure the purged
date to meet your requirements. We will provide more information as
these new features become available.
We have been configuring and testing Exchange 2003 servers. The Exchange
2003 servers are connected to a Storage Area Network (SAN), which should
provide us with sufficient storage for our growing amounts of e-mail.
The SAN also provides redundancy and fail-over access to the hard drives
where our e-mail is stored.
The testing has been going fairly well but we are proceeding cautiously.
At this time, we are looking at moving all of the SLAC Exchange users to
the new servers in May.
We will provide more information next month on what to expect during and
after your e-mail is moved to Exchange 2003.
Contact: Teresa Downey, Postmaster, SCS, Ext. 2903,
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