Tutorial: Set up Sendmail, dovecot, SpamAssassin, ClamAV as a email server

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This article will guide you about setting up your own home email server without being spammed to death.

There are many reasons to host your own email. Perhaps you don't like the limits placed on you by your current ISP. Maybe they aren't willing to host the domain you want, or give you the access you want. And if they do fit your needs, they want to charge a small fortune. Maybe you want complete privacy. Or perhaps you just want to access your email from anywhere using a web-based frontend. The list goes on and on...

There are several many ways to accomplish this task. Everyone has their preferred MTA program, but for the purposes of this article, we'll use sendmail. The same can also be done using postfix, or exim. Each approach has its own merits.

This how to covers installation and configuration of following services/servers:

  • dovecot IMAP/POP3 server
  • sendmail MTA
  • sendmail-cf (M4 configuration)
  • squirrelmail (web based email client)
  • perl / gcc for Anti spam
  • Anti spam and Anti virus configuration - MailScanner, SpamAssassin, and ClamAV

How to set up a home email server (without being spammed to death) [redhat.com]

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sarab December 17, 2006 at 8:00 pm

excellent website for systm administration thank u vivek for the wonderful information related to operating system

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2 shasyng January 26, 2007 at 5:53 am

i want to know step by step on how to build an windods and sendmail email server

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3 Syed Mohamed July 7, 2007 at 11:38 am

i want to know step by step method how to install a sendmail and postfix email server in redhat Linux EL 4

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4 Syed Mohamed July 7, 2007 at 11:39 am

i want to know step by step method to installation and configuration sendmail email server

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5 Govindaraj P August 17, 2007 at 3:04 am

I am want to setup a mail servers with sendmail,fetchmail,squirellmail,dovecot,spamassasin,clamav.

Please advice.

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6 KNight September 15, 2007 at 2:54 am

i’m newbie in linux

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7 thiru March 30, 2008 at 10:25 am

how to configure this steps plz give details
dovecot IMAP/POP3 server
sendmail MTA
sendmail-cf (M4 configuration)
squirrelmail (web based email client)
perl / gcc for Anti spam
Anti spam and Anti virus configuration – MailScanner, SpamAssassin, and ClamAV

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8 Ajeet November 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I want to master the Dovecot? Any link for the hint.

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9 at September 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Where is the tutorials? so vague!! Just write some vague and point to some other website? This is bad.

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