Linux Email: Set Up, Maintain, and Secure a Small Office E-mail Server, Second Edition

  • 5h 35m
  • Alistair McDonald, et al.
  • Packt Publishing
  • 2009

Many businesses want to run their email servers on Linux for greater control and flexibility of corporate communications, 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.

This book gives you just what you need to know to set up and maintain an email server. Unlike other approaches that deal with one component at a time, this book delivers a step-by-step approach across all the server components, leaving you with a complete working email server for your small business network.

Starting with a discussion on why you should even consider hosting your own email server, the book covers setting up the mail server. 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.

Written by professional Linux administrators, the book is aimed at technically confident users and new and part-time system administrators. The emphasis is on simple, practical and reliable guidance.

Based entirely on free, Open Source software, this book will show you how to set up and manage your email server easily.

A simple step-by-step guide to setting up a Linux email server using the most popular free Open Source tools like PostFix, ProcMail, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, and others

In this Book

  • Preface
  • Linux and E-mail Basics
  • Setting Up Postfix
  • Incoming Mail with POP and IMAP
  • Providing Webmail Access
  • Securing Your Installation
  • Getting Started with Procmail
  • Advanced Procmail
  • Busting Spam with SpamAssassin
  • Antivirus Protection
  • Backing Up Your System