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Linux Email: Setup and Run a Small Office Email Server using PostFix, Courier, ProcMail, SquirrelMail, ClamAV and SpamAssassin [Paperback]

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Item description for Linux Email: Setup and Run a Small Office Email Server using PostFix, Courier, ProcMail, SquirrelMail, ClamAV and SpamAssassin by Carl Taylor...

Many businesses want to run their email servers on Linux, but getting started can be complicated. The attractiveness of a free-to-use and robust email service running on Linux can be undermined by the apparent technical challenges involved. Some of the complexity arises from the fact that an email server consists of several components that must be installed and configured separately, then integrated together. Unlike other approaches that deal with one component at a time, this book gives you a basic knowledge across all the server components, leaving you with a complete working email server for your small business network.

Based entirely on free, Open Source software, you will see how to protect your server from spam and viruses, offer web access for remote access, and secure your installation with regular backups.

What you will learn from this book

- Setting up and running a Linux-based email server

- Key information about installing, configuring, and using PostFix, Courier, SquirrelMail, ProcMail, ClamAV, and SpamAssassin

- Securing and protecting your installation from viruses, spam, intruders, and hardware failure


The book takes a practical, step-by-step approach to working with email. We start by establishing the basics, so that your users can send and receive their email in their favourite email client. We then move on to look at providing web access, so that users can access their email out of the office. After this we look at the features you'll want to add to improve email productivity: virus protection, spam detection, and automatic email processing. Finally we look at an essential maintenance task: backups.

Who this book is written for

This book aimed at 'unofficial' sysadmins in small businesses, who want to set up a Linux-based email server without spending a lot of time becoming expert in the individual applications.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   316
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 7.32" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 30, 2005
Publisher   Packt Publishing
ISBN  190481137X  
ISBN13  9781904811374  

Availability  115 units.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Linux Email: Setup and Run a Small Office Email Server using PostFix, Courier, ProcMail, SquirrelMail, ClamAV and SpamAssassin?

Worth Every Minute  Oct 12, 2007
This book takes you from an IT zero to an IT hero in a such a short book. Definitely worth the buy.
Linux Email Server  Jan 9, 2007
Running a Linux email server is a non-trivial task. This book does a better job of explaining the major software components than most things I've found but there were a couple of things about it that I found could use a little improvement.

First, the book could use more discussion about issues external to the core pieces of software. Some discussion of configuring MX records, router ports that need to be opened, etc. would be in order.

Second, there were areas, especially in the "securing your installation" section where it wasn't obvious on the first reading that several options were being discussed and you should choose one that was appropriate for your system. A bit of clarification might be in order but the information you need is all there.

Last, I'd like to have seen one or two complete examples. A simple, bare bones one and a complete "all the bells and whistles" version would be ideal.

In general this book is the best I've found for someone who's never set up an email system before. Using it I was able to set up a basic functioning system.
Lacking complete instructions for setting up virtual mail hosting.  Nov 27, 2006
The book does a fine job of giving an overview of the suite of mail servers. The setup steps are introduced from easiest (basic) to more complex (enhanced), allowing the reading to incrementally set up their environment. This is important in that it provides milestones where testing can take place before enhancements are introduced.

I knocked off two stars because the authors failed to give clear instructions for setting up virtual users in Postfix and Courier-IMAP's POP3 and IMAP service. I had to search the web for this information. Virtual users are critical for a modern day email system, and the failure to flesh-out a virtual-user capable system is a major short-coming.
Not For New System Admins  Aug 15, 2006
I actually got myself in quite a pickle at work introducing them to linux. Immediately they wanted it on our network starting with an email server. First of all, I am a programmer, not a system admin. Second, I use linux on a daily basis at work and home but not for servers. Desperately, I reached for this book for help. Bad idea at the beginning at least. The book's way of going through setting up postfix at the beginning was no help for me and my novice knowledge with servers. I ended up getting everything setup thanks to google and wikipedia howtos. Later I blew dust off this book and picked it up for another go. Now that I understand the basics I am at a comfort level with this book, but still have struggles here and there. This book, however, definitely helped me with setting up squirrelmail and spamassassin. Definitely recommend this book to somebody with a basic understanding of linux and some-what of an understanding of servers.
setup E-mail Server in Simple way  Jul 29, 2006
E-mailing is an important communication application for an organization.
At present most of the people use Linux/Unix based OS for building up their mail server. There are various packages available in Linux such as. Sendmail, postfix, qmail etc. Amongst them postfix is one of the most powerful and reliable tools for building up mailing server but difficult to configure optimally. You can probably make postfix work. But there are lots of questions.
-How can you make it work to its full potential?
-How do you make it more secure?
-How can you overcome complex situation when there are multiple servers available?
-How do you make it spam free?
-How can you get instant access of your mail through web mail?

You can get answers to all these questions from the Packt's book, Linux
Email: Setup and Run a Small Office Email Server Using Postfix, Courier, Procmail, Squirrelmail, Clamav and Spamassassin (Paperback). You can get the solutions to your problems easily. There are many examples in the book which make it easier for any type of Linux user to configure the mail server. So, I think all of you would find it interesting to read it. Best
of luck.............................. Uddhap(System Engineer)

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