I have a hosted domain that recently changed their mail filtering. I am not happy with the new setup and am considering setting up my own. Looking for tips on setting up something on my freeBSD 6.1 box.
Running your own MTA is one of those sysadmin rights of passage. It's unfortunate that the general levels of spam and other nastyness around
the net make it so much harder than it should be nowadays.
My ISP is cablevision IO. Not sure what they allow, ie: whether I can have my hosted domain set to use my cable IP as a MTA, or if I have to do some kind of end run around cablevision to get a MTA set up locally.
Hmmm... Whether this is allowed or not depends very much on the ToS of your supplier. Most big consumer ISPs won't let you run a mail server. Most business ISPs will. There are suppliers who will host e-mail for you, for a consideration. eg. www.gradwell.net -- a UK outfit so probably not ideal for you, but a good example of what can be done.
Also looking for advice on which software would serve me bet in this instance.
Now that's a whole big can of worms. Just about everyone has religious-level opinions about what the best MTA is. I tend to usesendmail, because I know how to make it do what I want. It's not for everyone though. postfix I generally hear good things about, and it
supports the same libmilter stuff as sendmail, which is handy for setting up things like DKIM signing or interfacing with spamassassin. qmail has it's devotees but it's unlike just about any other Unix daemon you've ever met. Exim is pretty industrial strength and good when you have to interface a lot with databases. The config file language is a bit odd though. That's the 'big 4'. There are plenty of smaller players like Courier also available. And we haven't even got onto such contentious topics as 'what IMAP/POP3 server should I use' or 'if foobar webmail the thing for me?' Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 7 Priory Courtyard Flat 3 PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Ramsgate Kent, CT11 9PW
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