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

in Categories Howto, Linux, Mail server, RedHat/Fedora Linux, Suse Linux, Ubuntu Linux last updated December 7, 2006

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]

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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

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

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

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

    Please advice.

  5. 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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