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Installation Instructions for ArGoSoft Mail Server

These instructions are for setting up an internal mail server. They are written specifically for the ArGoSoft 1.61 software. There may be newer versions available but the directions may vary with each new version. If you wish to get a more recent version of the software, go to www.ArGoSoft.com. Be aware that ArGo Software has multiple versions of the ArGoSoft Mail Server. These version include Freeware, Plus and Pro versions of the ArGoSoft Mail Server. The Plus and Pro versions have additional features and require a one-time registration fee. Freeware is free and fully functional.

Downloading & Installing

Step 1 - Download ArGoSoft Mail Server by clicking here www.ArGoSoft.com, then click "Save This Program to Disk" and click OK

Step 2 - Click the Desktop icon on the left and click Save

Step 3 - When the file has completed downloading, return to the Desktop and double-click the agsmail icon. Click Setup and follow the on-screen instructions for installing ArGoSoft Mail Server.




Step 1 - Start ArGoSoft Mail Server by clicking Start,Programs, ArGoSoft Mail Server, MailServer.

Step 2 - The ArGoSoft Mail Server icon will show up in your system tray. Double-click the icon and the program will pop-up.

Step 3 - Click Tools, Options to bring up the configuration screen.

Step 4 - In the General tab, enter your DNS server. If you do not know what your DNS server is, click the question mark next to the input field for more information on how to find your DNS server. Also, make sure that all checkboxes are checked.

Step 5 - In the Ports tab, make sure that SMTP is set to 25, POP3 is set to 8888, and Finger is set to 79.  If you are using a proxy server such as Win Proxy or Spoon Proxy, it is recommended that you change the SMTP port in your proxy server to a port other than port 25 such as port 26 to avoid conflicts between the proxy server and ArGoSoft.

Step 6 - For additional security a user name and password can be set to avoid unauthorized use of this mail server. This feature is optional and in most cases, it is not necessary to use SMTP Authentication. Also be aware that some earlier versions of mail programs do not have an option to use a SMTP Authentication username and password. To use this feature, in the SMTP Authentication tab, check the Enable SMTP Authentication checkbox. If you enable the SMTP Authentication, you must then add the SMTP User Name and SMTP Password to each of the Mail Clients that use this program, locally on the computer ArGoSoft is installed on and computers accessing ArGoSoft on the network.

Configuring Outlook Express Version 5.0 to use ArGoSoft Mail Server

Step 1 - Open Outlook Express and click Tools, Accounts. Select the proper mail account and click Properties.

Step 2 - Under the General tab, place the email address that you are using in the email Address section.

Step 3 - Under the Servers tab, change the Outgoing Mail (SMTP) to the IP Address of the computer that you installed the ArGoSoft Mail Server or "localhost" if that computer is the same computer that the email program is installed on. For extra security you can check the box marked My Server Requires Authentication. Click Ok, and close the program. However, for this option to work you must set up the SMTP Authentication feature by using the instructions supplied in Step 6 and add the username and password supplied above.

With these instructions you should be able to download and install the ArGoSoft Mail Server software, configure ArGoSoft to be your mail server by setting up the DNS information, Ports and SMTP Authentication information and also to configure Outlook Express to be able to send and receive your email.

These instructions are written specifically for ArGoSoft Version 1.61 ( There may be newer versions available but the directions may vary with different versions. To check for the latest version of ArGoSoft, go to www.ArGoSoft.com.