[FONT=verdana]Waht type of email system are you using? Is it a cient-based or POP3 system, such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, etc? Or is it a web-based system like GMail?
These raw files you mentioned? Do they have an EML extension? If so, you should be able to open them in any of the above programs. You could also try opening them in an ordinary text editor, such as Notepad. You might see plain text along with a bunch of headings, or you might see HTML, depending on the system that was used to send them. But, either way, it shouldn’t be too difficult to extract the actual message.
As for the zipped up copies, if these were zipped with a standard compression utility such as WinZip, you can use the same utility to unzip them.
On most linux servers the raw emails are just stored as text files, you may be able to put a copy of these files back in the correct directory and apply the necessary permissions and be good to go. As with any test procedure on a server, I’d try this on a virtual machine (e.g running in vmware) that is the same OS as your live machine first.
1 / 2 - it should be possible to at least partially restore the data from backups yes - in the raw files, it’ll depend if the original mail server was an mbox or maildir format (they store mail on a server differently).
I was thinking of hosting the client’s domain email on the Gmail system.
Do you know of an great article or thread which discusses the pros/cons of this as a way forward?
My experience is that most of my clients tolerate their websites being down (they are mainly informational) but are immediately on the phone if email stops.
And, if as happens above, email is lost then pretty much their to do list, contacts and work schedule is up in smoke.
Its a pretty heavy responsibility and I want to get this right going forward. Gone are the days of tacking some email accounts on to my webhosting… or using 123Reg!
Yeah, I’ve seen many people use gmail for email, and some people like the interface / how integrated with other google services it is. Myself, I have a gmail but never really got on with it, I still like to stick to self hosting all my email, it gives me full control over (hourly) backups too.
If you set gmail to imap you can set a normal mail client to back it all up. I’m definitely a fan of where possible using google apps email for clients, and if necessary hooking it up to a client of their choice, it’s vastly reduced support overhead and issues with spam, also with my server ips getting blacklisted because of people sending out inadvisable bulk newsletter /mailing list stuff.
I not sure if this is an appropriate thread to expand on this; however can you provide a few steps or insight into how you achieve this. I, like Timlgoe have always hosted my own mail, but I really like your reasoning and would like to give it a try.
It’s fairly straightforward, there’s a setting within google apps email to switch on imap then e.g for thunderbird
You can also use server apps like imapsync to back up to another account. In the last 5 years or so that I’ve used google apps email, I’ve never had or heard of any loss of data. Apparently all gmail activity is replicated in 2 data centres, so even with minimal backups it’s still pretty resilient. The main point of failure would likely be user error e.g permanently deleting an account