Most new computers are "intranet-ready" out of the box.
If your computer is already setup to access the Internet then you already
have all the software you need to access an Intranet.
If not, then you need to:
TCP/IP to access your network,
- configure a web browser to access
the Intranet contents stored on your web server.
||The software you will use on your Intranet is the same software that you
use on the Internet.
All browsers, (Safari, Firefox, Internet
Explorer, etc) can be setup
to provide a "transparent" interface between your Intranet and the
Similarly, all e-mail clients
can be setup to access a local mail server, in the same way that these
clients can be setup to access Internet e-mail.
Most computers are now supplied
with all the software you are likely to need to access Intranet web
pages or mail services.
up software on clients for browsing Intranet web pages involves
no more than:
- Setting up TCP/IP for network access;
- Entering the intranet web server address in a web browser window;
- Setting this address as the default home page.
Then when anyone accesses the internet, they go via your intranet.
Of course, the browser home page preference can be set by the server, where you are managing the preferences for each user.
need an Intranet e-mail system in a school environment, webmail access is probably the most useful option on computers used by lots of people.
Mac OS X Server (10.4) includes SquirrelMail for webmail access to users' mail accounts, using a web browser (Mac or PC). See Wazza's OSX Server Mail Setup for details.
Alternatively, any standard POP3 e-mail client
- Apple Mail, Entourage, Outlook, etc - can be used
to read e-mail from an Intranet mail server.
Use these settings on each client:
mail server: Use the IP address of the computer on which the
mail server is running (eg 10.x.x.21)
mail server (SMTP): Use the IP address of the computer on
which the mail server is running (eg 10.x.x.21)
- UserID: Setup users on the mail server.