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Qmail Quickstarter: Install, Set Up and Run your own Email Server

Kyle Wheeler

A fast-paced and easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide that gets you up and running quickly
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847191151
Paperback152 pages

About This Book

  • Qmail Basics
  • Storing and retrieving of emails
  • Virtualisation
  • Filtering Spam
  • Hosting Multiple Domains, Encryption, and Mailing Lists


Who This Book Is For

This book is targeted at System Administrators familiar with Linux/UNIX and DNS servers who need to set up qmail.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Basic Qmail
The Minimum Qmail System
Administrative Conveniences
The Overall Structure of Qmail
Chapter 2: Getting Email into the Queue
qmail-queue and the Qmail Queue
The qmail-inject and sendmail Interfaces
qmail-smtpd and the QMAILQUEUE Patch
Other Mail Protocols
Chapter 3: Getting Email Out of the Queue
qmail-send and the Qmail Queue
Delivering Email Locally
Delivering Email Remotely
Chapter 4: Storing and Retrieving Email
Popular Storage Formats
The POP3 and IMAP Protocols
Chapter 5: Virtualization
Generic Virtualization Framework
User-Management Problem in Assisted Virtual Domains
Good Reasons to Use Multiple Installations
Chapter 6: Filtering
Basic Filtering Architecture
Sending Mail Without a Queue
Blocking Viruses
Stopping Spam from Getting In
Stopping Spam from Getting Out
Chapter 7: Advanced Features
SSL Encryption
Mailing Lists
Chapter 8: Administration, Optimization, and Monitoring
The Log Files
Basic Analysis
Making It Faster

What You Will Learn

  •     Installing, configuring, and compiling qmail
  •     Getting emails in and out of the queue, along with storing, retrieving, and authenticating them
  •     Virtualisation of domains and user management, filtering spam, and other advanced features like SSL encryption and mailing lists

Chapter 1: Basic Qmail: This chapter explains compiling, installing, and configuring a basic qmail system. Finally, it shows the best practices for using qmail.

Chapter 2: Getting Email into the Queue: This chapter covers the ways of getting email into the on-disk queue. It also covers authentication and other mail protocols.

Chapter 3: Getting Email Out of the Queue: This chapter discusses delivering email both locally and remotely along with the various kinds of users that qmail supports.

Chapter 4: Storing and Retrieving Email: This chapter provides a comparative analysis of storage formats of qmail with respect to popular formats, reliability, and speed of storing and retrieving emails.

Chapter 5: Virtualization: This chapter explains a generic virtualization framework and its virtual domains where user management and popular solutions will be handled. In the last section, multiple installations and their pros and cons are explained.

Chapter 6: Filtering: As the name suggests, this chapter discusses blocking viruses and also preventing spam from getting out.

Chapter 7: Advanced: This chapter discusses advanced features like SSL Encryption and mailing lists.

Chapter 8: Administration, Optimizing, and Monitoring: This chapter discusses the log files, their format, and problems associated with them. Finally, there are tips to make your qmail faster.

In Detail

This book starts with setting up a qmail server and takes you through virtualization, filtering, and other advanced features like hosting multiple domains, mailing lists, and SSL Encryption. Finally, it discusses the log files and how to make qmail work faster.

Qmail is a secure, reliable, efficient, simple message transfer agent. It is designed for typical Internet-connected UNIX hosts. Qmail is the second most common SMTP server on the Internet, and has by far the fastest growth of any SMTP server. Qmail's straight-paper-path philosophy guarantees that a message, once accepted into the system, will never be lost. Qmail also optionally supports maildir, a new, super-reliable user mailbox format.


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