Before you run the PMDF-LAN configuration utility, you must have installed and configured PMDF-MTA with PMDF-LAN support. (If you have not already installed and configured PMDF-MTA, see Chapter 1 through Chapter 5.)
The PMDF-LAN configuration utility prompts you for several pieces of information. For some of the questions, the configuration utility provides reasonable default values. For other questions, you will need some knowledge of the PC-LAN setup at your site. Knowing the correct values for these questions usually requires that you coordinate with the PC-LAN management at your site. If that person is not you, check with them to find out the current values. Also impress upon the PC-LAN management that any future changes in these values will need to be coordinated with you. Unilateral changes in the PC-LAN setup will break the mail gateway.
PMDF-LAN configuration questions include the following:
If you are configuring a cc:Mail, Microsoft Mail, WordPerfect Office (GroupWise), or Novell MHS channel (or some group of these), there are some additional questions you will be asked, including:
If you will be using file serving software for the PMDF system to store the PC-LAN mail system files on your PMDF disk, then it is a good idea to use a directory outside of the PMDF directory structure for the PC-LAN message files. This not only allows the optimal use of file protections, but it also avoids conflicts with PMDF's own directory structure.
6.1.1 Selecting Pseudo Domain Names
You should give some thought to what pseudo domain names you should
associate with PC-LAN mail post offices. If you are using PMDF in an
isolated (non-Internet) application, you can pick any pseudo domain
names that you want. If you set up a system of centralized naming, the
particular pseudo domain names that are assigned could be largely
invisible, even if you are part of a larger network. However, remember
that networks have a way of growing and becoming more visible and, at
some point in the future, you could regret a careless decision about
naming conventions you made earlier. Try to pick a sane, sensible name
that is appropriate for your users, system, and site. Even if you do
not currently expect your domain to be visible to users, choose a name
that would be acceptable if it is visible.
Your PMDF system has a name associated with it. In addition, PC-LAN mail systems often have their own internal name for the post office, and the network, domain, or workgroup to which they belong. If your PC mail system is located on a server, that server could have a name. Some combination of these names is appropriate.
Consider the following possible scenario:
Reasonable possibilities for the name of the pseudo domain associated with that WordPerfect Office post office could be one of the following:
The best choice for your particular site could depend on some of the following factors: