Significant release – MailVault v4.3.0 – PST import & export (and more…)

MailVault v4.3.0 is available.

This is a significant release and adds some exciting new features, while setting the stage for a few more interesting things to follow soon.

This release contains:

  • Import legacy email in PST files directly into MailVault
  • New email restore option – into a PST file
  • Export a search result set into a CSV file (useful for audit)
  • Delete mail after ‘x’ days from mail source (POP3, IMAP, IMAP-Turbo, MS-Exchange)
  • Google Apps mail source renamed to G Suite
  • Added new mail source G Suite Turbo (given the bandwidth, handles downloads faster)
  • Archiving speed improvements
  • Unix mbox mail source enhanced
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements

MailVault has always worked with all mail servers and all email clients, but if you are a Microsoft Outlook heavy organization, then you’ll appreciate the convenience of working directly with PST files, introduced in this release. Users can now import email from PST files directly into MailVault (perfect for all the earlier ‘backup’ PST files lying around, before you implemented MailVault), as well as restore or export email into PST files, which can be immediately used in Outlook.

A search result set can now be exported as a summary into a CSV file. This could be useful for high-level monitoring and analysis.

The POP3, IMAP and MS-Exchange mail sources support a delete mail after ‘x’ days option now. Some partners and users have asked for this and here it is.

The Google Apps mail source has been renamed to G Suite, keeping up with Google brand changes; but more interestingly this release introduces a new G Suite Turbo variant which can download email from G Suite much faster. This is obviously useful for situations where you are migrating large quantities of older email from all the mail boxes into MailVault. Good bandwidth will be helpful, of course.

In general, the email archiving speed has gone up in this release; the Unix mbox mail source has been enhanced to work better and multiple other minor fixes and enhancements have been done.

You can manually upgrade your MailVault installation by going to:

Settings > Core > Auto updates and click on Check for updates

Then simply follow the on-screen instructions.

Release: MailVault v3.4.18

MailVault v3.4.18 is available.

This is a very minor release, which fixes an issue for MailVault Agent users.

You can upgrade your MailVault installation by going to:

Settings > Core > Auto updates and click on Check for updates

Then simply follow the on-screen instructions.

How to backup and archive email into MailVault

MailVault can backup and archive email in a number of ways.

It can “pull” mail from corporate mail servers and public mail servers, parse multiple mailbox formats, pick up randomly scattered mail from the filesystem and read messages from selected email clients. MailVault can also accept email “pushed” to it via the SMTP protocol.

In cases where there is no mail server running, the MailVault Agent installed on remote machines enables users to backup email from their email clients into MailVault.

Mail sources in MailVault

For those familiar with email, MailVault’s capabilities include:

  • Support for network oriented protocols like POP3, IMAP and SMTP thus ensuring connectivity with any standard corporate email server (Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, Postfix, Qmail, Sendmail, PostMaster, MDaemon, VPOP3, etc.)
  • Support for filesystem based mail sources like Unix mbox, Maildir, regular directories with individual email files (.eml / standard RFC 822 format)
  • Convenient wrappers for public email proividers like GMail, Yahoo, Rediffmail
  • Can read email from email clients like Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail and Thunderbird
Types of Mail Sources

Inspite of all this power and flexibility, using MailVault is quite simple. Let’s look at setting up a mail source.

Configuring a mail source (Generic steps)

For the MailVault administrator, setting up a mail source simply boils down to the following generic steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail Sources
  2. To add a new mail source, click “Add new”
  3. From the drop down list, choose a mail source and press “Create”
  4. Configure the mail source specific settings
  5. Press Test to check if the settings are correct
  6. If all is well, press Save

That’s it. MailVault now begins the backup and archive process.

Configuring a POP3 mail source

Most email servers support copying or journaling all email that flows through them into a mailbox, which is POP3 enabled. MailVault can then periodically pickup email from this ‘archive’ mailbox using the POP3 protocol. This makes the POP3 mail source one of the most popular and recommended ways of using MailVault with your mail server. Let’s see how a POP3mail source is configured.

  • Go to Settings > Mail Sources
  • Click on Add new
  • Choose POP3 from the drop down
Configuring a POP3 mail source

With reference to the image above:

  1. Make the name an easy identifier (espcially if you are going to use multiple mail sources)
  2. Ensure the mail source is enabled (default is ON)
  3. We’d like to delete messages from the POP3 box once retrieved into MailVault
  4. Poll the mail source every 10 minutes
  5. Enter the POP3 mailbox username
  6. Enter the POP3 mailbox password
  7. Provide the host name
  8. Check the port is correct (default is 110)

As a good practice, at this point we recommend highly that you press the Test button. Ensure that you get a “Connection successful” message and then save the mail source.

Get a cup of coffee, sit back and relax while MailVault archives your email… 🙂

Back up old, scattered Email into MailVault

When setting up email archiving for an organization, the recommended practice is to configure the mailserver to keep a copy of all email flowing through it into an “archive” account. MailVault picks up all the email from this account by using say, the POP3 protocol and does it’s archiving magic, after which the mail is deleted from the archive or journal account. As an ongoing process, this is a great setup since the settings are required to be just once, centrally and without any end-user changes.

However, we often hear questions like:

  • What can do I do about old email?
  • What can I do about the email of many years in my mail client?
  • Can I do anything about the old PST back-ups I have lying around?

How do I backup ALL my old email into MailVault?

To address this we present to you the MailVault Agent!

The MailVault Agent (MVA) is a little application that can transfer email from an email client into MailVault. The end-user installs the MVA on his or her computer, points it to the email client and specifies the folders from which the email needs to be transferred to MailVault.

If all goes well, the end result is that all the old email of all your users will be safely backed up into MailVault.With all the benefits of deduplication, compression and a highly searchable central storage.

After this one-shot import, you may uninstall the MailVault agent from the end users computers and continue with your mailserver based email archiving. On the other hand, if you don’t run a mail server in-house or can’t setup an email archival (journaling) account on your mailserver, you could continue to use the MVA to back up all users email into MailVault.

Currently, the MailVault Agent is available for MS Windows  only. It supports relatively recent versions of Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail.

The MailVault Agent is available for download from the download section. Enjoy!:)