Glossary

Address Map
An address map is used to define source and target mail exchanges between Connectors by the Mail Transfer Agent. For example, mail sent to the SMTP address [SMTP:Jones@mailenable.com] is likely to have an address map to the postoffice address [SF:MailEnable/JONES].
Agents
Agents run perform specific management or operating functions for MailEnable itself. An example of an Agent is the Mail Transfer Agent. Its function is to move messages between connectors.
Connector
Connectors facilitate moving mail between systems or subsystems (whether they be local or remote).
DNS
Domain Name Server (or System) is a database of Internet names and addresses which maps domain names to the official Internet Protocol (IP) address and vice versa.
Group
A Group represents a logical combination of mail addresses addressable under a single mail address. Any mail addressed to the group is destributed to all the members belonging to that group.
IP
Internet Protocol. A network and transport protocol used for transmitting data over the Internet. Every machine on the internet has its own IP number/address.
List
A List is much like a group. The major difference between a list and a group is that lists are subscription based, can be moderated, and can have headers and footers applied to them.
Mailbox
A mailbox is a repository for email. It it used to store emails for one or more email addresses. When a user connects with a mail client application (Outlook Express, Eudora, etc.), they connect to a mailbox to retrieve their email.
MTA
A Windows Service that exchanges internal messages between MailEnable Connectors.
Post office
A postoffice is used to host multiple mailboxes and domains under one area. For example, if you were providing email hosting for multiple companies, you would create a postoffice for each company. Within the postoffice you can assign multiple domains and mailboxes.
Provider
Providers are used by Connectors, Agents and Services to allow them to read their configurations. An example of a provider is the Tab Delimited Address Map provider. This provider reads the address map that is used to determine mail routing between connectors. In order to allow the applications to read configuration data from different sources, different providers would be used. For instance, SQL Server would have its own providers.
Recipient
The address to where the email is destined.
Services
Services expose MailEnable functionality to external agents or programs. An example of a service is the POP3 service. This service allows mail clients to access mail from their postoffice. MailEnable employs standard Windows Services that make it compatible with Windows NT/XP/2000.