Getting a new server

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Thu Feb 2 01:37:37 PST 2006

I just did up one of these recently, the customer used an Intel desktop
motherboard with the onboard sata raid chip.  The system works fine,
200 corporate users, runs imap, horde/imp, ldap, sendmail, and dspam.

I would suggest you not use spamassassin.  If you must use content
filtering use dspam, as it can be set to allow users to easily feed
the learner.  spamassassin cannot.  But, seriously think about chucking
all that and just run greylist-milter.  It's in the ports I believe
but if not it's easy to compile and install.  And it is 100 times more
effective than spamassassin, content filtering, subject line filtering,
you name it, I've tried it.

There's a few IP numbers and mailservers that need to be defined
in the exclusion list for greylist milter that aren't in the stock
exclusion list, but other than that, it is the best antispam tool I've
used in years.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-freebsd-questions at
>[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Lisa Casey
>Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:27 AM
>To: freebsd-questions at
>Subject: Getting a new server
>My company (a medium sized ISP) has decided to replace one of our mail
>servers. We need more CPU power, memory, etc. My boss is talking about
>getting 2 good size hard drives with a raid card to mirror these. I was
>planning to install FreeBSD 5.3 (because that's the latest
>distro I have
>CD's for) unless anyone has a good reason why not.
>I'll be installing Sendmail, mimedefang/spamassassin (somewhat CPU
>intensive), bind (for  a caching name server), Qpopper, procmail. We
>currently have 500 - 600 mail accounts on the current server,
>and plan to
>move these to the new server plus use the new one for growth (I
>don't know
>how quickly new mail accounts will be added, but say 20 to 50
>accounts per
>What would you folks reccomend as far as hardware goes? Hard
>drive size, CPU
>type,  amount of RAM, etc.?
>Thanks for the input.
>Lisa Casey
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