MConsole (Message Console) is Isode's central tool for M-Switch Configuration and Operational management for both Internet and X.400 Messaging deployments. On this page you'll find information on MConsole features specific to X.400 Messaging (Configuration Management, M-Store X.400 Operational Management, X.400 Mailbox Management, Distribution List Management)

On other pages you'll find information on MConsole configuration management features for Internet Messaging, protocol independent MConsole Operational Management features and Web Applications including Statistics with the Message Operator Interface.

MConsole X.400

Configuration Management

MConsole System View enables detailed configuration of M-Switch and M-Store X.400 to be set up for a wide range of environments. Some examples are shown below.

MConsole connects to the directory using an Isode Bind Profile, shared with Sodium and other Isode GUIs that access the directory. Multiple messaging configurations can be managed from MConsole. The configuration management screen shown below enables creation, backup and restore of messaging configurations.

X.400 (STANAG 4406) MTA Configuration

The screenshot below shows an X.400 MTA, set up for military use (STANAG 4406). An MTA configuration tab is shown with military configuration options. X.400 configurations can be set up with Aviation (AMHS), EDI and General Purpose defaults.

MIXER Configuration

This screenshot shows a MIXER (X.400/SMTP Gateway) setup. This enables easy setup of standard MIXER mappings and flexible per address mappings.

Configuration Wizards

New configurations can be set up and existing ones modified using a configuration wizard, making it easy to set up simple configurations for a range of different purposes, while not imposing any constraints on more complex ones.

M-Store X.400 Operational Management

MConsole's X.400 Message Stores view connects to one or more message stores, showing both mailboxes and open P3 and P7 connections. The following screenshot shows mailbox information.

MConsole also enables:

  • Manage mailbox backup.
  • Configure auto-actions, such as auto-forward. These are managed through the message store, in a manner similar to that of a P7 client.
  • Mailbox monitoring, to show unread messages and to help deal with messages that have not been read.
  • Shows information on a specific message.
  • Show information on a specific connection to the Message Store.

X.400 Mailbox Management

MConsole's X.400 Mailbox management GUI provides two views in MConsole: 'X.400 Mailbox' and 'X.400 Message Stores'.

X.400 Mailbox View enables:

  • Easy setup and management of mailboxes (P3, P7, and Remote)
  • Configuration of advanced mailbox and routing parameters
  • Easy handling of mailbox and directory white pages relationship, including flexible management of white pages data
  • Configuration of redirects, aliases and synonyms
  • Creation and management of X.400 Distribution Lists (DLs)
  • Aviation (AMHS) support, including templates for standard XF and CAAS format addresses, and capability to handle a hybrid UA/DL

Where mailboxes are provided by a local X.400 Message store, the X.400 Message Stores view allows detailed management of the local mailboxes, including:

  • Backup/restore
  • Connection monitoring
  • Message management and forwarding
  • Auto-action management
  • Monitoring unread messages

A modern X.400 system will generally use a 'white pages' directory to hold user entries that will be used to identify and select users.   MConsole allows you to:

  1. Create a new white pages entry (with a configurable default location) and name derived from the OR Address holding core information, that can be later editing with a general purpose directory tool (e.g., Isode Sodium or DSI Web App).
  2. Locate an existing entry.  MConsole will add the user’s OR Address to this entry.

Distribution List Management

MConsole X.400 Mailbox View enables the creation and control of Distribution Lists. Members of a distribution list can be added manually or by 'drag and drop' from the left-hand panel, as in the screenshot below.

MConsole can also be used to configure parameters used to control X.400 distribution list behaviour.

Disaster Recovery

MConsole is also used to support X.400 Disaster Recovery configuration, and in particular to configure Message Store fail-over. This is described in detail in our X.400 Disaster Recovery whitepaper.