Mail server recomendations

Ray ray at
Sat Feb 10 14:58:06 UTC 2007

-----Original Message-----
Thanks for all the suggestions.
Looks like I have a lot of reading ahead  :)

> On Saturday 10 February 2007 01:33, Ray wrote:
> > I'm looking for a package (or set of packages) that would provide a
> mail
> > server with the following capabilities
> >
> > minimally:
> > pop and smtp access that could handle 20 to 100 domains and 200 to
> 2000
> > mail boxes.(allowing some room for future growth)
> SMTP: sendmail is part of the base system and is pretty powerful but
> has a 
> steep learning curve. There are alternatives available in the ports,
> one of 
> the more popular being postfix. Others such as qmail may also be worth 
> researching.
> POP, etc.: I highly recommend dovecot. It's efficient, pretty easy to 
> configure, and can handle almost any setup you can imagine. You also
> get 
> IMAP with this, which even if you don't want on its own you will want
> to 
> use with your webmail package.
> > ideally: also provide a web interface for individual users and also
> for
> > administration on a per domain and whole server level.
> > we have several customers that need to be able to administer their
> own
> > domains, (Read this as I don't want ten calls a day saying "I forgot
> my
> > password") but we don't want them touching others accounts.
> Admin: webmin provides a reasonably secure web-based frontend to many 
> different admin. tools and allows you to grant different levels of
> access 
> to each tool to different users. Virtualmin might be an even better
> match 
> for what you're after.
> Webmail: For features, go with Imp and any other parts of the Horde
> suite of 
> applications that interest you. Horde's groupware package is starting
> to 
> get pretty polished, and the individual components (mail, calendar,
> address 
> book, tasks, etc) are all quite mature. Setup and config is a bit on
> the 
> complex side, but there's work going on there and much of the initial 
> config is now web-based.  Other popular and simpler webmail packages 
> include OpenWebMail and SquirrelMail.
> > spam and virus scanning would be a definite plus, but from what I
> have
> > read, these two parts are fairly straight forward.
> > We have recently changed the web server from M$ to FreeBSD and now
> we're
> > trying to change the mail server too.
> > Thanks for any pointers or suggestions.
> I use clamAV on my mailserver, works great and keeps itself up-to-date 
> pretty well. Easy integration with sendmail via a milter. For spam
> you'll 
> likely want a combination of techniques. SpamAssassin is a good
> starting 
> point. Also look at the DNS black- or greylisting features of your SMTP
> program (I use a couple realtime DNS blacklists with sendmail).
> Depending 
> on the types of messages you're hoping to stop/detect, you might also
> want 
> to look at MimeDefang.
> Everything above is in the ports. You have a lot of options so it's
> just a 
> matter of nailing down what you want in terms of features and then 
> selecting the best tool for the task.
> JN
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