On 8/18/06, Steve Lake <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

         Looking for a guide online somewhere that will walk me through
setting up a mail server with the following items on it.

Postfix (pop3 and smtp setup)
MySQL (for database driven mail user administration)
MyPHPAdmin (to visually admin the database)
Squirrelmail (for webmail)
Apache (for squirrelmail)
Dovecot Imap (for squirrelmail)
Postfix Admin <- this is the reason for the need to have a mysql driven
mail user database.  It's apparently required for this to work.  Plus
database driven user management tends to be easier.  Of course, if you
of a better way to graphically admin mail users without using a database,
I'm all ears.  :)
And lastly, some kind of web based server admin page that's similar to
webmin, but more secure.

         I want to setup a mail server with all these elements, have
postfix, squirrelmail and dovecot be database driven and somehow create a
mailbox tree for the webmail users for saved, spam, sent and trashcan
folders.  Also, lastly, which format for mail is better?  Maildir or
Mbox?  I'm partial to Mbox, but I've heard some others say Maildir is
better.  The server is only going to host about 30-40 users for a realty
company, so security is priority, plus it needs to have ease of
administration because the guy who's going to admin this in the end (I'm
just building it, he's maintaining it) isn't unix savy.  I've already done
a lot of google diving, but with little luck.  Hence why I'm asking
here.  If someone knows of a good guide or series of guides that'll help
through all this, it'd be greatly appreciated.  I'm used to doing this the
hard way with sendmail and the regular freebsd users through the
console.  So I'm really new to postfix, but I'm using it because it's
supposedly more secure.  I'd have the guy who's admining it do the same,
but he's too green in the console to risk it.  ;)

 try using google, it will point you to the tutorial's url but since you
already posted that question here, the postfix website has lots of howto in
setting up a mailserver, i for one used the howto's in postfix' website. but
if your too lazy to google :D this url's might help:


here a suggestion, instead of using squirrelmail try using roundcube, we use
it here in our office. roundcube's ajax like interface's absolutely awesome
compared to squirrelmail bland interface, you can install it via subversion.
dovecot is a good choice for imap and pop3 service. postfix can support both
mbox and maildir but i prefer maildir. you can secure your box by chrooting
postfix or putting it behind a firewall. there are so many ways to make it
fully secure, those i mentioned are just a few of them.

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