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I have some linux experience. I can make users, set permissions and other basic stuff and I can do DNS and DHCP via linux.
However, for mail servers, I've only ever used Exchange. I cant afford Exchange right now, but seeing how its for a small business, I don't think its wise to get it through 'other means'. So I figured I'd give linux a shot.
I've got Mandrake 10.1 running on an old PC. Its been over 7 months since I even touched a linux machine, and my memory is a bit spotty. And tips and/or walkthroughs on the subject would be greatly appreciated.
Also... There was a command to configure things like NICs and hostnames in a menu format, but I can't remember the command for it. I want to say linuxconfig, but that doesn't work for me...
Mail consists of two separate services - SMTP service, and POP or IMAP for mail delivery to clients.
Every Linux system has an SMTP service installed to send e-mails to the administrator (Postfix for Mandrake), but for security the default configuration to only send out from local accounts, and not accept incoming mail. You need to change a couple of settings to enable your Linux system to accept mail for your domain.
Once you've done that you can enable a POP or IMAP service for the clients, which doesn't need any configuration for insecure connections. To secure the connections you need to install a digital certificate (you can generate one yourself with the supplied OpenSSL tools). The POP and IMAP software for Mandrake used to be UW-IMAP.
That's the basic idea. I haven't used Mandrake in several years, so I can't really point you to Mandrake-specific documentation. The best way to find tutorials and HOWTOs is actually Google:
Originally posted by trickykid Well, first choose what MTA you want to use.. like Postfix, Sendmail, Exim, Qmail and or several others. Read how to set it up, configure and that's going to be your starting point.
Thats kinda the reason I came here... can anyone recommend a good mail server? Does anyon know of a good walkthrough. The things I found on google my first few looks through weren't of any help.
I read over some of the qmail stuff. I'm a newbie trying to learn as much as I can, but as I put together servers and such, I want them to be usable. For instance, my home network file server also acts as a web server for some pages I access a lot.
What would I be able to create using qmail? Could I set up a home mail server for my family? What I would like to do is have all my e-mail addresses come into a single mailbox on my server. Just a pain connecting up to all those separate mailboxes.
What I do is have all my accounts forward mail to my own computer, or use fetchmail if they don't offer that functionality and my own computer processes the mail for spam and sorts it in my mailbox, I then have an imap server listening on the loopback interface only and I can use thunderbird to access my mail whilst sat in front of that computer or use squirrelmail over a secure http connection remotely
You can have mailboxes for each member of the family and have mail forwarded to those local mailboxes or use fetchmail to retrieve the mail and then put it into the local mailboxes