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Old 04-08-2005, 10:15 AM   #1
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Linux Mail Server

Hi everyone,

I'm still considered a newbie when it comes to Linux. My current project is building a mail server. MY setup is this: I have a Co-Lo server at a friends location and it will be my companies web server. It is running great with Apache, PHP and MySQL. I am also setting up a mail server which will run in-house. I am currently building it. I am also going to use this server as a test web server for building my site before I upload it to my web server that is actually online. Sooooo........ I need to setup this mail server but I am not familiar with setting up sendmail. Also considering it will have a completely different IP and will run on the same IP as the internet all the users here will use I assume the MX Record will have to have a port so my firewall will port-forward mail to the server (I hope that makes sense :)

My question is, does anyone know a good tutorial to get me going for this setup? I found a couple tutorials but they just confuse me. Also, do I need a DNS running? Or, could I use a company liek EasyDNS who offers DNS with the domain hosting.

Thanks for your help

(If you need any other info please feel free to ask)

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firstly you won't need any specifc dns at all, don't worry abuot that... I do my DNS stuff via zoneedit for primary MX's etc... easy peasy.

as for sendmail... i'd suggest avoiding sendmail, and instead look at a nicer, more user friendly MTA, like postfix or qmail. sendmail is not fun to configure, and if you do start looking at the others here, and find them obtuse... sendmail is a lot worse! having said that though, most MTA's you install will have a form of functionality out of the box, it just depends what you want it to be able to actually do.

you might like to look at starting off with a configuration interface like webmin, which has modules to configure much of any MTA you're likely to want to have a go at
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I was thinking about postfix or qmail but I heard sendmail is better. What would be considered the easiest to setup and maintain while still providing a complete solution. This would be for a large corporation. Currently we have 20 emails and we will be growing within the next year. Also I would like to add a few addons for spam.

Would sendmail be the best to go or should I try postfix or qmail.

thanks for the reply

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I think qmail would be perfect.
Here is a website about qmail that is excellently written:

Old 04-08-2005, 02:11 PM   #5
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I used to work for a startup company (about 50 people) and I setup exim and it was pretty freaking darn easy. That's my route. I heard good news about qmail as well.

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Down near the bottom,it pretty easy;


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