Release Notes for IMail Server v12.2

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IMail v12.2 Release Notes

Other Important Links

System Requirements

IMail Folder Permissions and IIS Configuration

External Database Changes when Upgrading from v12.1 or earlier

Registry Checker

Command Line Installations - (Silent Installs)

IMail Table of Product Features

IMail Getting Started Guide

For more information about Ipswitch components, click in the list below to read the release notes:

What's New for IMail Server v12.2

-Read Request Notifications using the IMail Web Client

Capability to send a read receipt or acknowledge a read receipt is now an available feature with the IMail Web Client. A user must keep in mind that not all Mail Clients support "Read Receipts" and even when they do, a user has the option to decline, so read receipts should not be considered a reliable option.

The Web Client has the option to track a single message (recommended) or the option to track all messages being sent out. To track a single message simply select Options on the Compose page and select "Request Read Option" before sending the message. To turn on tracking for all messages in the Web Client go to User Options > Composing Messages [Tab] and select the "Request a read receipt for all sent messages".

By default the Web Client is set to notify the recipient when a message is displayed and a read receipt is requested. To disable this feature or to modify to automatically send a read receipt go to User Options > Viewing Messages [Tab] and locate the "Read Receipt Action" options.

-SMTP Account Harvesting Prevention

New Account Harvesting Prevention is a feature for SMTP to allow IMail Administrators a means of preventing attempts by a client continuously trying to gain access and attain user names and passwords. SMTP has new user interface in both the Web Administrator and the Console Administrator allowing the IMail Administrator to configure authentication settings. Go to Services > SMTP to view the new settings. Click on Help for more details.

Note: New Installations and upgrades of IMail Server will by default have Account Harvesting Prevention "enabled".

-IMAP IDLE Support

IMail Server now supports the IMAP IDLE command a configurable setting that allows the server to send new message updates to the client as they arrive. This new configuration setting can be configured/disabled under the IMAP Service settings. For additional information see the Administration Help under IMAP Settings.

-User Password Expiration

IMail Server now has the capability to configure User Passwords to Expire "X" Days after being set. This new feature has new user interface in both the Web Administrator and Console Administrator allowing the IMail Administrator to enable and configure Password Expiration options at the domain level, and also capability to override at the user level to allow "Password Never Expires". See Domain > Password Expiration to view new options. Click "Help" for more details.

The Web Administration and the Web Client will now prompt for expired user passwords to be updated, when the feature is enabled.

Warning: Enabling Password Expiration at the domain level, will not affect existing users with Password Change disabled. Existing users with Password Change disabled will be treated as if Password Never Expires is enabled.

Note: Password Expiration for IMail Collaboration (WorkgroupShare) users has NOT been implemented at this time.

-MX Record with IP Address

IMail Server now has the capability to recognize delivery of messages to domains that have an IP address in an MX Record.

-Synchronizing Public Folders and Shared Folders for Contacts and Calendars

IMail Server now has added the capability to synchronize Public Folders and Shared Folders for Contacts and Calendars using ActiveSync™ for the following mobile devices:

-New Utility - User Expunger - Deleting User Accounts by Last Login Date

A new command line utility has been created to delete user accounts that have not been accessed within a specified number of days or a specified date. This new utility has been added to the IMail Utilities a separate installation available for download. The User Expunger utility has the following features:

Defect Fixes and Improvements v12.2



Mobile Devices

Web and Console Administration

Web Client

Ipswitch Instant Messaging



Known Issues

Product Description

IMail Server is an Internet standards based mail server system for Microsoft Windows 2003 and Microsoft Windows 2008. IMail Server includes powerful anti-spam management tools, a new Web-based administrator and client, and implements a series of programs that run as services including:

IMail Server also provides a List server for creating and managing mailing lists and a mail to pager/beeper feature that lets you set up aliases on the IMail Server that forward mail from a mail client to preconfigured pager or beeper address.

IMail Server Product Features

IMail Server Table of Products



IMail Premium

IMail Secure

Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®

IMail Anti-virus powered by BitDefender®

IMail Anti-virus powered by Symantec™

IMail Anti-virus powered by Commtouch®

Commtouch® Zero-Hour Virus Protection

Solid, scalable, standards-based Email Server with Web Mail and List Server









Basic anti-spam with blacklists, Bayesian filters, phrase filters, and more.









Basic security with SMTP authentication, dictionary attack sensing, and anti-hammering.









Secure Instant Messaging is a network-based Client/Server system with Smart Tag support.









DomainKeys / DKIM is a domain-level e-mail authentication standard that uses public/private key encryption and DNS to prove e-mail legitimacy.









IMail Collaboration - Microsoft® Outlook contacts to transfer and sync with IMail Web Client and mobile devices.









Premium Anti-spam -by Commtouch Advanced Security Daemon (aka ctasd™) a plug-and-play email-borne spam and malware outbreak detection daemon.









Premium Anti-spam by Commtouch's GlobalView™ Mail Reputation Service (IP Reputation) fights unwanted mail at the perimeter, reducing incoming messages at the entry-point, before these messages enter the network.









Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® allows synchronizing their e-mail, contacts, calendars, notes & tasks with their mobile devices.









IMail Anti-virus powered by BitDefender®.









IMail Anti-virus powered by Symantec™









IMail Anti-virus powered by Commtouch®









Commtouch® Zero-hour Virus Protection









IMail Collaboration

IMail Collaboration is now integrated into all IMail Server products to allow all users the greatest benefit for data sharing. IMail Collaboration incorporates the capability to share Outlook data, such as calendars, tasks, contacts, distribution lists, notes, and e-mail for all IMail users. In addition to sharing users' personal folders with other users, IMail Collaboration lets you define public shared folders such as shared contact lists and holiday calendars with other users.

IMail Collaboration now has the capability to allow all users to synchronize their mobile devices with their Outlook folders to include e-mail, contacts, calendar, tasks and notes. Users can maintain their contacts and calendar appointments from either their computer or mobile device, and remain synchronized. See the IMail Administration Help > System Settings for more details on enabling this feature.


IMail Server Installation

Registry Checker - Regcheck.exe is run automatically during a repair or upgrade, and can also be run from the command line. Regcheck troubleshoots registry conflicts during upgrades and repairs.

Ipswitch IMail uses InstallShield® Wizard to install the IMail components on your computer. Use the on-screen instructions to select the installation features that set up the mail server to your preferences.

The installation program automatically configures Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 or later and Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0 or later. It also sets user permissions automatically; however, if you need to configure permissions manually, the following Default IMail Permissions and Configuration must be set on your mail server to make it fully functional or for administrators who do not want to use the default configuration, you can use the Non-default IMail Permissions and Configuration. If you need to configure IIS manually, see IIS Settings. For using IIS Virtual Directories, see Using IIS Virtual Directories.

Starting Web Administration and Web Client

After installation, you have the option to launch the IMail Web Administration automatically. If you choose not to launch IMail Web Administration automatically, in your browser address box, type the IP address or domain name of the IMail Web Server followed by the path where you installed the Web Administration.

For example:

To launch the Web Client, in your browser address box, type the IP address or domain name of the IMail Web Server followed by the path where you installed Web Client.

For example:

Web Messaging Notes for Upgrading

The Web Messaging templates have been redesigned and no longer support the Web template infrastructure implemented in previous versions of Web Messaging (included in IMail 8.2 and earlier). When you upgrade to IMail 2006 and later, the previous versions of the Web templates are not functional.

Note: Port 8383 is no longer the default port for Web Messaging, as IIS by default uses port 80.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL version 3) Notes

The private key file is protected using a password specified in SSL Configuration Utility. This password is required for decoding the key file while loading the SSL server. This password is stored in the registry and automatically retrieved during the loading process of SSL Server. The registry path for IMail is usually SOFTWARE\Ipswitch\imail\ssl. The registry path must be correct; otherwise an error message is generated and the files will not be created.

IMail Collaboration Installation

Changing Web Client Default Directory (Redirect)

To set a redirect so Web Messaging users do not have to use \IClient in the URL for Web Messaging:

  1. Click Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services. The IIS console opens.
  2. Right-click IClient (usually located under Web Site > Default Web Site).
  3. Select Properties. The IClient Properties dialog box opens.
  4. In the Execute Permissions list, click Scripts only.
  5. Copy the directory path in the Local Path box.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Right-click Default Web Site.
  8. Select Properties. The Default Web Site Properties dialog box opens.
  9. Click the Home Directory tab.
  10. Paste the directory path you copied from the IClient dialog box Local Path box into the Default Web Site Properties dialog box Local Path box.


Downgrading from v11.03 and Later

Customers with SQL/Access for User Database

Note: If the Administrator has a database backup made prior to the upgrade, a simple restore by the Administrator is all that will be necessary for downgrading the SQL/Access user database.

Customers downgrading with no user database backup from before the IMail Server v11.03 upgrade, will need to follow the instructions at the following KB:

Customers with IMail User Database

Correcting "Reject Connection" Option for Commtouch Premium Anti-spam

Customers using IMail Premium Commtouch Anti-spam with the new "Reject Connection" settings, will need to save the settings before downgrading, or modify the registry keys manually. The registry keys are located at: "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Ipswitch\domains\Domain Name\"

Registry Key





Valid values are 0-4
0 = None
1 = Delete Message
2 = Forward to Address
3 = Insert X-Header
4 = Move to Mailbox



Valid values are 0-4



Valid values are 0-4

Correcting "Reject Connecton" Option for SPF Filtering

"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Ipswitch\domains\Domain Name\"

Registry Key





Valid values are 0-4
0 = None
1 = Delete Message
2 = Forward to Address
3 = Insert X-Header
4 = Move to Mailbox



Valid values are 0-4



Valid values are 0-4



Valid values are 0-4

Downgrading from v11.02

Customers using External user databases will have to manually reverse the Maximum Mailbox Size column type back to "integer".

Warning: Any updates made to Maximum Mailbox Size that exceed the 2GB mailbox size will need to be corrected to their original values to avoid truncation.

IMail Server Premium Downgrading

Warning: Downgrading from IMail Server Premium v11 and later to v10.01 or earlier will cause the Premium Anti-spam Services to stop working.

Read the KB article for details on downgrading to IMail Server v10, or v10.01:

Once a user has installed and been licensed with Commtouch Premium services, he/she can no longer be downgraded to a previous version unless the Mail-Filter license has been backed up and saved to a path outside of the Ipswitch folder.

IMail Server Standalone Downgrading

Important: Downgrading from IMail Server v11 and later to IMail Server v10.02 or earlier will remove Ipswitch Instant Messaging and IMail Collaboration.

To downgrade the IMail Server back to a previous version without uninstalling:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and locate the following key:
  2. Change the Version value to 2000000 (hex).
  3. Launch the installation file and proceed as normal.
  4. When asked if you would like to convert your LDAP database, select no.

Note: The IAdmin and IClient virtual directories and web files will still be on the computer.

Important: Mailbox sizes are corrupted after downgrading IMail 11 or later to an earlier version (IMail 8.x). If you have quotas set up, they will fail. To correct this, delete the .uid and .xml files.

Important: When downgrading IMail 11 Server or later to a previous IMail version, you need to delete the configuration.xml file from the top-level IMail folder


Uninstalling IMail Server

  1. Open the Add/Remove Programs applet in the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Select the IMail Server Edition you want to un-install.

Removing IMail Server using the Add/Remove Programs does not delete the IMail directory or the subdirectories and files. These must be deleted manually.
Everything is deleted in the Windows registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Ipswitch\IMail (only the Ipswitch key is not removed).
Directories and files created by "setup.exe" are removed if they have not been modified. For example, if you have not added any users (and root never gets mail), the Users directory is removed. If these directories have been modified (i.e. the root or users accounts have received mail), you must remove them manually.

Removing IMail Collaboration

IMail Collaboration is a component of your IMail Server. To remove only IMail Collaboration select the Modify option in your IMail Server.

  1. Open the Add/Remove Programs in the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Select your IMail Server edition and click the Modify button.
  3. This will initiate the IMail Server Install program, click Next until the Program Maintenance window and select Modify.
  4. Click the icon Custom Install Options by Collaboration and select "This feature will not be available", and click Next.
  5. Click Install to initiate the removal of IMail Collaboration from your IMail Server.

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