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

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

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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… add one
  • sarab Dec 17, 2006 @ 20:00

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

  • shasyng Jan 26, 2007 @ 5:53

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

  • Syed Mohamed Jul 7, 2007 @ 11:38

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

  • Syed Mohamed Jul 7, 2007 @ 11:39

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

  • Govindaraj P Aug 17, 2007 @ 3:04

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

    Please advice.

  • KNight Sep 15, 2007 @ 2:54

    i’m newbie in linux

  • thiru Mar 30, 2008 @ 10:25

    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

  • Ajeet Nov 2, 2009 @ 12:06

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

  • at Sep 16, 2010 @ 13:10

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

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