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Working with Mail Servers

Practice Labs Module
1 hour

Welcome to the "Working with Mail Servers" Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

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Welcome to the Working with Mail Servers Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Create a Mailbox User Account
  • Exercise 2 - Manage Junk E-Mail

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Create an Active Directory user account and configure an e-mail account for a new user
  • Test e-mail functionality by sending messages to internal recipients
  • Manage unsolicited email that originated from unknown senders

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Identify application servers - Mail servers

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Create a Mailbox User Account

E-mail servers are an integral component of infrastructure in a corporate network regardless of the size, as it provides fast communication within and outside of the organization.

Over the years, e-mail servers have evolved from maintaining on-premise Exchange servers, where a dedicated IT group handled messaging requirements to cloud-based systems such as Exchange Online where a third party organization like Microsoft maintain the infrastructure. All that is required is just one web-based interface to manage e-mail accounts, distribution groups, anti-malware, and other aspects to ensure messaging flow within and outside of the company works.

Due to system limitations in the complex setup of Exchange Server in this lab, you will instead be using another brand of messaging platform called hMailServer. This application is a good candidate for small companies starting out with their e-mail server as it can scale by adding more servers to the network.

This exercise will not provide a detailed discussion of managing an e-mail server but will teach you how to set up user e-mail accounts and test e-mail flow between users in a test lab environment.

Exercise 2 - Manage Junk E-mail

Spam or unsolicited commercial e-mail is a common problem received by e-mail servers and an annoyance to individual users as it wastes system resources and are considered potential malware carriers.

Vendors of messaging platforms have a variety of tools to minimize the impact of these unwanted messages. Tools such as DNS blacklists, Grey listing, White listing, and anti-spam tools are features available in most e-mail servers today. Client e-mail systems are equipped with filters, and junk mail controls to filter these types of messages as they arrive in the inbox.

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