Needing a guide/tutorial please

jan gestre at
Fri Aug 18 04:58:19 UTC 2006

On 8/18/06, Steve Lake <steve.lake at> wrote:
>          Looking for a guide online somewhere that will walk me through
> setting up a mail server with the following items on it.
> SpamAssassin
> Postfix (pop3 and smtp setup)
> MySQL (for database driven mail user administration)
> MyPHPAdmin (to visually admin the database)
> Squirrelmail (for webmail)
> Apache (for squirrelmail)
> Dovecot Imap (for squirrelmail)
> Postfix Admin <- this is the reason for the need to have a mysql driven
> mail user database.  It's apparently required for this to work.  Plus
> database driven user management tends to be easier.  Of course, if you
> know
> of a better way to graphically admin mail users without using a database,
> I'm all ears.  :)
> And lastly, some kind of web based server admin page that's similar to
> webmin, but more secure.
>          I want to setup a mail server with all these elements, have
> postfix, squirrelmail and dovecot be database driven and somehow create a
> mailbox tree for the webmail users for saved, spam, sent and trashcan
> folders.  Also, lastly, which format for mail is better?  Maildir or
> Mbox?  I'm partial to Mbox, but I've heard some others say Maildir is
> better.  The server is only going to host about 30-40 users for a realty
> company, so security is priority, plus it needs to have ease of
> administration because the guy who's going to admin this in the end (I'm
> just building it, he's maintaining it) isn't unix savy.  I've already done
> a lot of google diving, but with little luck.  Hence why I'm asking
> here.  If someone knows of a good guide or series of guides that'll help
> me
> through all this, it'd be greatly appreciated.  I'm used to doing this the
> hard way with sendmail and the regular freebsd users through the
> console.  So I'm really new to postfix, but I'm using it because it's
> supposedly more secure.  I'd have the guy who's admining it do the same,
> but he's too green in the console to risk it.  ;)
>  try using google, it will point you to the tutorial's url but since you
> already posted that question here, the postfix website has lots of howto in
> setting up a mailserver, i for one used the howto's in postfix' website. but
> if your too lazy to google :D this url's might help:

here a suggestion, instead of using squirrelmail try using roundcube, we use
> it here in our office. roundcube's ajax like interface's absolutely awesome
> compared to squirrelmail bland interface, you can install it via subversion.
> dovecot is a good choice for imap and pop3 service. postfix can support both
> mbox and maildir but i prefer maildir. you can secure your box by chrooting
> postfix or putting it behind a firewall. there are so many ways to make it
> fully secure, those i mentioned are just a few of them.


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