SurgeMail Legal Archive
To use the S3 service you will first need to Register
at amazon, then to activate your S3 subscription in SurgeMail
paste the key into the web admin interface, click on "Legal
Archive" on the left hand side of the web admin tool and you will
see a box to enter it.
The Legal Archive feature in Surgemail is intended for storing a
copy of all incoming and outgoing email for several years. The
archive can be searched by the administrator or direclty by users
(this can be disabled).
Messages are compressed, encrypted, and indexed, then optionally
sent to the Amazon S3 storage network for redundant offsite
storage without over loading your local disks.
When a user requests a mesesage just that message is fetched and
decrypted so the message is available instantly. The indexes are
stored locally so searching for messages is relatively fast.
Settings (To adjust settings use your web admin interface)
If upgrading from SurgeMail 6.4a or earlier and IF you were already
using the Amazon S3 storage, then you will need to transfer your
data between two internal amazon systems to maintain access.
This will also reduce long term costs!
1) Install 6.4b-14 or later from
2) Login to your AWS console.
Click on S3 Go to 'security credentials' from drop down menu (top
Click on 'access keys', either create a new root access key pair, or
use the "legacy Security Credentials" to get your old ones, and
click on 'show'. (Or create a sub user to get a key pair)
You should get two keys that look like this: (but not these exactly
3) Now in the Legal Archive page in surgemail, go to the bottom and
enter YOUR keys for the two amazon settings: Press save
4) Now use the 'test amazon' button at the top, it should pass the
5) Now type in this tellmail command:
That may take many hours to complete (or even a couple of days), try
re-issuing that command tomorrow, it will tell you if there are no
more files to transfer. Done :-)