Getting setup with Linuxpeak’s managed e-mail service is easy. And since it’s standards-based, the service will work with most standards-based e-mail client applications available on desktop PCs or mobile devices.

Automatic configuration (autoconfig)

Linuxpeak’s messaging service supports autoconfig. This means if the email client also supports autoconfig setting up and account is as easy as starting the email client and entering your email address and password once your account has been setup in Linuxpeak’s system.

Standard configuration

If the email client you are using does not support automatic configuration use the following standard configuration settings, which should work with most email clients on desktops and mobile devices.

Step 1: Your name and email address

Most email clients will ask you to enter your name and email address as a first step. Once you have provisioned your Linuxpeak email service enter your name and address into your chosen email client. You might need to “setup a new account” in your email client before you are able to enter your name and email address.

Step 2: The incoming (IMAP) server details

Inbound email is delivered with standard IMAP. Most clients will ask for a username, password and IMAP server to be able to receive messages. For Linuxpeak’s email service, these settings are:

Username: Enter your full email address
Password: Enter your email account password.
IMAP server: imap.linuxpeak.net
Security: STARTTLS
Port: 143

Step 3: The outgoing (SMTP) server details

Outbound email is delivered with standard SMTP. For Linuxpeak’s email service, these settings are:

Username: Enter your full email address
Password: Enter your email account password.
SMTP server: smtp.linuxpeak.net
Security: STARTTLS
Port: 587

Desktop e-mail clients

For this desktop client setup guide, we will use Mozilla Thunderbird which is free, open source and available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Mozilla Thunderbird also support automatic configuration with Linuxpeak’s email service. This means you don’t need to manually enter in the all the settings, they are obtained from the server. If your preferred email client does not support automatic configuration, please refer to the manual settings section of this guide.

thunderbird_mail_setup1Step 1: Start the desktop e-mail client

Mozilla Thunderbird is easy to install, just refer to the documentation. Once installed, start Mozilla Thunderbird and you will be given the option to enter your email account details.

Step 2: Enter your email settings

thunderbird_mail_setup2When you first start Mozilla Thunderbird you may see a dialogue box asking if you would like a new email address. If you already have an email address hosted by Linuxpeak, just select “Skip this and use my existing email”. You will then see a “Mail Account Setup” window appear. Enter your name, email address and password here and select remember password if you are satisfied with the security of the desktop you are using.

When you have entered your settings, select “Continue” and Thunderbird will fetch the server configuration settings from Linuxpeak. If successful, you will see these settings appear on the same window. Select “Done” and you’re ready to start using your email account.

thunderbird_mail_setup3Step 3: Start using your email account

With your email account details entered into Mozilla Thunderbird – and the server settings automatically downloaded from Linuxpeak – you’re ready to start sending and receiving messages.

Mobile e-mail clients

Linuxpeak’s Managed Email service supports a number of mobile email applications, including:

  • Native Android email clients
  • K9 mail (popular on Android)
  • Apple’s iOS mail client (iPhone and iPad)