help with installing qmail & webmail on FBSD

Luke Kearney lukek at
Tue Apr 6 06:12:29 PDT 2004

On Tue, 6 Apr 2004 09:04:50 -0400 (EDT)
"Brent Bailey" <misterb at> spake thus:

> hello,
> Im in the middle of a re-structuring the email server for a large company.
> They want to have a webmail interface so that they can access thier email
> remotly or from abroad. My question is that currently they are using a
> windows imail server  (uhg) I want to move them to a unix platform using
> FBSD with qmail, sqwebmail, etc well all the nice system utilities
> that can work with qmail...
> 1. Can 1 FBSD box after a default install (without compiling the kernel)
> handle 50,000 users using webmail & smtp & pop3 ?

Do you really expect that much concurrent usage? I'd be thinking to
break it up a little. how bout breaking up inbound vs outbound just for
a start. I'd be tempted to have a machine that only send, one that
receives and delivers and one different one that serves webmail. 

> 2.  If i were to move say the IMAP process & the webmail interface to a
> second FBSD box would you go about configuring qmail & smtp & pop3
> to use the second FBSD box for webmail requesets?

I cannot see any reason to break up pop3 and imap between different
machines unless you intend to run some kind of common storage between
them all which seems like more work than its worth.

> I know this is kinda out of the realm of the list (questions on qmail)
> however in the past this list has been the best resourse for any question
> concerning Freebsd...if anyone knows of a better place to ask these
> questions id be most thankful :-)  ANY help is very appreciated

take a look at Matt Simpsons toaster page I think if you throw a few
extra dollars at the one box you might even get away with one.


Luke Kearney <lukek at>

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