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Quick Start Guide

This is a guide to getting started quickly with NetTen. It assumes you already know the basics of internet mail and DNS. If you are not familiar with these concepts, we suggest you read Chapter 9.

Install NetTen

Whether you are installing from the NetTen CD-ROM or have downloaded NetTen from Tenon's web site, run the NetTen Installer. The installer will put a complete installation of NetTen at the designated location on your hard drive. Once the installer quits, double click on the "NetTen" alias to start NetTen. If it is a new installation of NetTen, you will immediately be prompted for confirmation of your network settings.


The host name, domain name, and DNS server fields are most important. For an explanation of host name and domain name, see the next chapter, "Installing NetTen". If you want to take advantage of NetTen's built-in DNS server, check the "Enable Domain Name Server" box. If you do this, you can set the DNS field to that machine's IP address to use NetTen as a DNS for Post.Office. Alternatively, you can have Post.Office use your original DNS. Do not check "Replace OpenTransport" now unless you are sure you know what you are doing (this option is explained in detail in section See Preferences). Check "Launch NetTen on Start-up" if you want NetTen to run every time your Macintosh is restarted.


When you are sure that your settings are correct, save these settings and NetTen will start up. When NetTen has finished starting up, it will warn you that you are using a temporary license, if you do not yet have a license for NetTen, you are allowed to evaluate NetTen for 14 days after installation. If you do have a license, you can enter it by choosing "Change License" in the Post.Office menu. See section 4.1.3 for more information in changing your license.

Set Passwords

As soon as NetTen has started, select Postmaster under the Post.Office menu. Answer "yes" to the "Do you want to make changes?" question. NetTen will next prompt you for a password for the postmaster administration account. A domain name should be supplied in brackets at the next prompt . Enter 'postmaster' at the "postmasters:" prompt. For more information, see "Setting the Postmaster Password" in section 4.1.4.


If you are using NetTen's DNS, select Set Password under the Name Server menu and enter a username for the DNS Administrator. Enter a password for this username. For more information, see "Setting the DNS Administrator Password" in section 4.2.1.

Customize NetTen

NetTen's DNS server and Post.Office mail server are configured mainly via NetTen's web administration interface. You can configure NetTen from any computer that has access to the NetTen computer and a browser (see section 6.1 for more information on accessing the Post.Office home page).

Connect to the NetTen Home Page

If you are using NetTen's DNS as the DNS server for Post.Office, you can connect to the NetTen home page by using the URL "http://hostname.domainname" where the hostname is the host name from your preferences screen and the domainname is the domain name from your preferences.


If you are not using NetTen's DNS as the DNS server for Post.Office, you can connect to NetTen's home page only if the DNS you are using can resolve your hostname For more information on using another DNS other than NetTen's for Post.Office DNS, see section 3.4.4, "DNS IP Address".

Add DNS Records

When NetTen is installed, it builds an initial DNS database for the specified domain, including host and name server records for the NetTen system, default records for the master Internet Name Servers, and mail records required by Post.Office. This means that you are not required to add any records to the DNS to have a fully functional DNS server for Post.Office, but you may want to have other hosts resolved by NetTen's DNS server. Records for other hosts and domains can easily be added and modified using the web interface.


Click on the Domain Name Service configuration link in the NetTen home page. Follow the links for your Domain and use the New Host button to add hostnames and IP Addresses for other hosts on your network. For more information, see Chapter 9 about configuring DNS.


Any DNS Records added in this way are immediately made accessible to the rest of your network or the Internet. There is no need to wait one or two minutes for updates to be exported.

Create a Mailbox

The initial Post.Office configuration contains a single postmaster account which may be used to add or delete other accounts and to send and receive email from the postmaster address.


Return to the NetTen Home Page and click on the Post.Office configuration link to access the Post.Office authentication form. Enter the postmaster email address (in the form "postmaster@hostname.domainname") and the password you assigned for the postmaster, then click on Authenticate. See "The Post.Office Account Form" in See Account Management Forms for more information.


After logging in as postmaster to the Post.Office configuration page, go to the "New Account" link (it's the first link on the page). This will give you the form for new email accounts where you must enter the specifics for each mail account on your NetTen system. At the very least, you must enter a name for the new account and a password (e.g. "Joe E. Public"). The name you enter is not the mailbox login/address, but is the "human-side" name attached to any email address. Use a different password for the new email address than was used for the postmaster.


The next important field is the Internet Addresses form. Here, you must enter the email address that people can use to send mail to this mailbox (e.g. joe@domain.com). There will be a default entry, but you must change this to reflect the email addresses that you wish the new mailbox to have. Make sure that the addresses entered here have valid domain names in your DNS, because if they don't, any mail sent to an erroneous address will be refused by Post.Office.


Finally, you must enter the login name for the mailbox (e.g. `joe'). The login name is the name that differentiates this mailbox from different mailboxes on the mail server and therefore must be unique, but can be different than the email address (e.g. email: "joe@domain.com" mailbox login: "joemail"). This is the login that users use, along with their password, to access their mailbox with an email client.


Newly created accounts are immediately functional and can properly exchange email within your intranet or the Internet. Send a message to the new address and then configure an email client to check that the message was received.


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