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Old 08-25-2006, 06:34 PM   #1
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Setting up an IMAP server

I'm running SuSE Linux 10.1 (32-bit). I'd like to set up an IMAP mail server so I can receive e-mail; I prefer IMAP over POP so the mail stays on the server and is correctly synchronized (including read states) across several computers.

What is the simplest way to accomplish this? The most important feature I require is a catch-all address that is checkable by a single user, meaning I can connect as myself to the server and get mail sent to any e-mail address at my domain, be it myusername@domain, foo@domain, dshfshflskjhlf@domain, etc. It makes it easier to track spam and senders, and gives me the ability to simply block any sender I don't want.

My ISP does not block the IMAP port. They do not block SMTP either, but I will use my hosted SMTP server as most mail servers block mail sent from end-users of my ISP (meaning SMTP servers running on their network).

The machine is already configured as a web server with a domain pointing to it. I have full control over DNS entries, MX records, etc. I also have root access.

Being able to have an encrypted connection between the server and mail clients would be a great plus for security purposes.

Thanks for any help. I'm generally familiar with using Linux as a server, but I'd always prefer something like an RPM and something that includes a GUI to manage the server rather than compiling a bunch of files and editing config files.
Old 08-25-2006, 07:12 PM   #2
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install the dovecot* .rpm file. and then edit /etc/dovecot.conf it has a line where you need to specify the protocols like imap and imaps. unhash it and start using imap. I havent used imaps, but thats secure for sure.
Old 08-25-2006, 07:42 PM   #3
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Sounds like you'll need an MTA as well. Try Postfix ( if you loke.

Dovecot implements imaps if you want to excrypt


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