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Microsoft KB Archive/100827

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PC Ext: Version Differences in External Program -W Option

Article ID: 100827

Article Last Modified on 10/30/2006



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 2.1
  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.0
  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.2



This article was previously published under Q100827

SUMMARY

The -W option in the External Mail program (EXTERNAL.EXE) specifies a postoffice that is connected through a wide-area network (WAN), and functions differently, depending on which version of Microsoft Mail for PC Networks you are running.

In versions 3.0, 3.0a and 3.2 of Mail, EXTERNAL.EXE with the -W option transfers the mail from the local postoffice to the WAN postoffice, but will not deliver it to the individual users.

In version 2.1, EXTERNAL.EXE with the -W option transfers the mail to the WAN postoffice and delivers it to the individual users.

MORE INFORMATION

To minimize the amount of network traffic, EXTERNAL.EXE was modified in Mail versions 3.0 and later to transfer mail to the WAN postoffice but not deliver it. The responsibility for delivering the mail should be handled by a local workstation running EXTERNAL.EXE. If there is not a local workstation running EXTERNAL.EXE, the mail will never be delivered to the final recipient.


Additional query words: 2.10 3.00 3.20 MTA

Keywords: KB100827