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Oracle® Mail Administrator's Guide
10g Release 1 (10.1.1)

Part Number B14491-03
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absent transaction support

The inability to perform both the Oracle Collaboration Suite Database and Oracle Internet Directory operations for an e-mail schema entry at one time.

address resolution

Address resolution resolves a contact name into its corresponding email address.


Alternate e-mail address for a recipient.


see routing control

archive policy

An archive policy is a set of conditions applied to user e-mail that stores all user e-mail in a third-party storage facility.


Quickly searches for and completes an e-mail address as soon as one or a few letters of a contact name is entered. A list of contacts displays if more than one possible match exists.


A term used to describe where the Oracle Collaboration Suite Database runs.

beacon transaction

A utility or a script that reaches out, like a beacon, to check on a given metric, source, or anything that concerns the administrator.

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

A computer or small subnetwork that exists between a trusted internal network, such as a corporate private LAN, and an untrusted external network, such as the public Internet.

Directory Cache

A component of Oracle Mail that builds an in-memory, cached copy of the corporate directory, enabling faster lookup of user information when using the Oracle WebMail client.

distribution list

An alias or e-mail ID that represents a group of recipients.


see Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)


see Domain Name Server (DNS)


Most commonly refers to a group of computers whose host names share a common suffix, the domain name.

Domain Name Server (DNS)

An Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses.


A set of specific conditions that gets applied to message in various stages of the delivery cycle in order to prevent viruses and other harmful agents from getting into the Oracle Mail system.


A firewall is software installed on a special piece of hardware, such as a router, that acts as an intermediary to protect a set of computers or networks from outside attack. It regulates access to computers on a local area network from outside, and regulates access to outside computers from within the local area network. A firewall can work either by acting as a proxy server that forwards requests so that the requests behave as though they were issued by the firewall machine, or by examining requests and attempting to eliminate suspect calls.

flashback mail recovery

Process of using Oracle Flashback Database feature to recover e-mail from the Oracle Collaboration Suite Database.


A background process that works inside the Oracle Collaboration Suite Database and performs periodic tasks, such as garbage collection, which cleans up deleted message bodies. Additional tasks include performing Oracle Text index synchronization and optimization for enabling message body search, and moving message bodies to tertiary storage tablespaces.

identity management

The creation, management, and use of online, or digital, entities. Identity management involves securely managing the full life cycle of a digital identity from creation (provisioning of digital identities) to maintenance (enforcing organizational policies regarding access to electronic resources), and, finally, to termination.

In Oracle Collaboration Suite, identity management is comprised of Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle Application Server Single Sign-On, and Oracle Delegated Administration Services.


see Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)


A file containing database parameters present in ORACLE_HOME. But the file that the database uses, by default, is initSID.ora where SID is the database SID. The administrator can also edit the name of the file.


An individual process of an Oracle Mail server.

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)

A protocol for retrieving e-mail messages.


see Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)

A set of protocols for accessing information directories. LDAP is based on the standards contained within the X.500 standard, but is significantly simpler.

List Server

Mail server that processes messages addressed to distribution lists.

Message Transfer Agent (MTA)

The program responsible for receiving incoming e-mail and delivering the messages to individual users.

middle tier

see Oracle Collaboration Suite Applications Tier


see Message Transfer Agent (MTA)

MX record

A mail exchange (MX) record is an entry in a domain name database that identifies the mail server that is responsible for handling e-mails for that domain name.

Network News Transport Protocol (NNTP)

The protocol used to post, distribute, and retrieve USENET messages. The official specification is RFC977.


An online discussion group.


Network News Transport Protocol (NNTP)

Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g Database

see Oracle Collaboration Suite Database

Oracle Collaboration Suite Applications Tier

The second tier in a typical 3-tier architecture, in which the first tier is the host where the client is running; the second, which is also called the middle tier, is the host running the Oracle Collaboration Suite processes; and the third tier is where the Oracle Collaboration Suite Database runs.

Oracle Collaboration Suite Database

The database upon which Oracle Mail user data is stored.

Oracle Mail

The e-mail component of Oracle Collaboration Suite.

Oracle Internet Directory

Oracle Internet Directory is a general purpose directory service that enables retrieval of information about dispersed users and network resources. Oracle Internet Directory combines LDAP version 3 with the high performance, scalability, robustness, and availability of the Oracle database.

Oracle WebMail

Browser-based client for accessing e-mail.

Oracle Text

A feature of Oracle9i and later that provides advanced search and retrieval services on content stored in an Oracle repository. It is fully integrated into OracleAS Portal to provide users with the ability to perform a full text search and retrieval of content managed within the OracleAS Portal schema of the Oracle Application Server Metadata Repository. It also provides automatic grouping and classification of results by gist and theme.


In general, parameters are characteristics used to customize a program. For example, file names, page lengths, and font specifications could all be considered parameters.


see Post Office Protocol (POP)

Post Office Protocol (POP)

A protocol used to retrieve e-mail from a mail server.


An executing program.


Quota refers to the amount of predetermined space each user is allotted to store messages in the Oracle Collaboration Suite Database.

redo logs

A set of files that protect altered database data in memory that has not been written to the datafiles. The redo log can consist of two parts: the online redo log and the archived redo log.

routing control

Accept or reject messages based on the policies defined for the SMTP server.


see Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL)

Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME)

Standard for signing and encrypting mail messages.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

An industry standard protocol designed by Netscape Communications Corporation for securing network connections. SSL provides authentication, encryption, and data integrity using public key infrastructure (PKI).


A computer program that stays up all the time and serves a task.

server-side rule

A rule that is processed (applied) by the server.

Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL)

A method for adding authentication support to connection-based protocols. To use this specification, a protocol includes a command for identifying and authenticating a user to a server and for optionally negotiating a security layer for subsequent protocol interactions. The command has a required argument identifying a SASL mechanism.

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)

A protocol for sending e-mail messages between servers.


see Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)


see Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME)


Unsolicited bulk e-mail.


see Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

tertiary storage

Tertiary storage is a separate tablespace used to hold old messages. Using a separate tablespace allows administrators to use a possibly larger (and cheaper) storage medium, different from the active storage area for new messages.

thin client

An application that executes the user interface within a Web browser and the business logic on a remote server.


see Transport Layer Security (TLS)

Transport Layer Security (TLS)

A cryptographic protocol that provides secure communication over the Internet.

user ID

A user's e-mail address or a truncated version of it, such as or uname.

Virus Scrubber

Name of the mail server process that can fetch messages from the Oracle Collaboration Suite Database and pass them through a virus scanner.