email service for a private domain!

Peter Boosten peter at
Fri May 4 19:46:47 UTC 2018

I run my own domain for years now and you definitely don’t need a static address. I’ve a registration at and my mx record points to that address. Works like charm. 

I forward my email through my provider (smart host) and receive directly. 

You have to take care of spam yourself, but a combination of amavis, spam assassin, clamav and greylisting works wonderful. 

My MTA is postfix, my IMAP server is courier, and my certificates are from Let’s Encrypt. 


> On 4 May 2018, at 20:33, Kurt Buff <kurt.buff at> wrote:
> I assume that you have someone hosting your DNS zone. That's the
> easiest alternative. I wouldn't dive into hosting your own DNS.
> You will need, at a mimimum, the following:
> You will need a static address for your host from your ISP (or if you
> are colocating your server, from them), and you will also require a
> PTR record for your host, entered into the zone of whoever grants you
> the static address.
> Your DNS zone will need to list the A (and/or AAAA) record for your
> host, and an MX record.
> You will also want an SPF record in your zone, and should explore the
> idea of implementing DMARC/DKIM.
> After that is configured, you'll need to configure the software for
> your mail server. I suggest using postfix, in conjunction with a good
> IMAP server. There are several.
> I'd also recommend that you subscribe to the postfix email list, and
> start asking questions there - after you've read the documentation.
> There are alternatives to postfix (I've used and loathed sendmail, a
> very long time ago), but postfix is the one that seemed best developed
> to me, and I was most comfortable with it. YMMV.
> I'd also suggest setting up an anti-spam filter. For my $dayjob
> several years ago, I put up MAIA Mailguard, and it worked very well.
> It packages spamassassin and several other things into a very nice
> filter, but it might be overkill if you are only doing mail for
> yourself.
> I no longer use postfix/spamassassin or other OSS tools for email, so
> can't comment much further - $dayjob has implemented commercial
> alternatives for all of that.
> HTH,
> Kurt
>> On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 1:37 AM, Mayuresh Kathe <mayuresh at> wrote:
>> i own a domain ( which i would like to setup for mail services.
>> essentially, i should be able to log-in over ssh and work through my
>> emails using mailx.
>> i have no idea about what is involved and don't know what the search for
>> via google.
>> could i be pointed in the right direction?
>> also, how do i evaluate hosting service providers?
>> i only know of rootbsd and digitalocean.
>> thanks.
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