Success stories

I would appreciate if you leave a comment here telling others if your mail server is running. Perhaps even a word about the purpose of the mail server and the number of users you have. That allows others to see that their time is well-spent and indeed leads to a working mail server. Thanks for your feedback.

(Have I mentioned the donation button at the bottom? ๐Ÿ™‚ )

9 thoughts on “Success stories

  • 2018-01-22 at 00:09
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    Just another excelent guide.
    Thank you for that.

    Regards

    Ludek

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  • 2018-01-23 at 12:53
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    The transfer from the “old” Jessie server to a new Stretch server was very smooth. As usual the guide was very well written and the description would also help a “newbie”.

    I’m looking forward to the additions (encryption, mitigations, …) in the future!

    Pizza and beer are on their way!

    Regards,
    Thomas

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    • 2018-01-23 at 21:43
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      Thanks for the donation. Already working on the next page. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 2018-01-24 at 19:05
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    Everything worked on the first attempt on an older installation of Stretch. I was surprised by the complexity involved of running an email server, and having all the pieces put together in this guide was quite useful.

    I later saw the amount of rogue requests to the server – which I guess is expected when running any kind of public service – so it was good to know all the authentication steps were covered. I’m looking forward to any later additions to the guide.

    Right now it’s just me using the server, but I will likely expand this. In fact my motivation for creating my own mail server was the higher amount of storage space. The “good” email services (read, with a sensible privacy policy and no income from ads) in my area tend to be limited to a few gigabytes, unless you pay exorbitant fees.

    P.S: I’d gladly donate but me and Paypal are not exactly best friends… let me know if there’s an alternative means of donation available.

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  • 2018-01-25 at 14:41
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    The Installation was very smooth, beside a dumb mistake on my side (missing localhost in /etc/hosts). Spam detection is GREAT now with rspamd, compared to the jessie tutorial!

    I’m looking forward to the DKIM and ham/spam learning on message move, Thank you very much!

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  • 2018-01-26 at 20:26
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    Thanks for this guide. Just a few hours to set up a new server and get it running…. DNS update takes longer than following this instruction.

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  • 2018-01-27 at 20:47
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    Hi Christoph,
    Thank you for this guide, your previous ones, and all the work you put into them. I used your previous guide starting about 6 weeks ago or so (first time finding this site) and I was able to use it to set up my environment, despite the version differences. I reviewed this updated guide and primarily pulled in the fail2ban piece to add to my existing configuration. I have 3 servers involved in my configuration: one dedicated web server (hosting multiple websites and the roundcube instance), 1 dedicated mysql server, and 1 dedicated mail server. I broke it out as such mainly for the learning experience. And a learning experience it has been! I think the hardest part for me was getting the certificates all worked out for both the web and mail servers.

    Keep up the good work!

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  • 2018-02-02 at 12:25
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    Finally done, works perfect, thanks again for this amazing guide ๐Ÿ™‚
    Already excited to go live with the new system after implementing the virus scanning part ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Regards,
    Hampe

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  • 2018-02-09 at 13:13
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    I’ve followed your tutorials for a few years now (Sarge maybe?) – you’ve done an amazing job.

    Anyway, thought you’d like to know that our current largest install runs on a Stretch VM that links to a FreeNAS NAS for storage. We use the free BitDefender for servers milter (http://frams.bitdefender.com/download.php#) for spam control as we found spamassassin poor even after a few thousand spam and ham submissions and BitDefender has a great webGUI to tweak settings and lists.

    Currently we have 25 domains on that install with 2179 mailboxes and several million mail items going back at least 5 years. We tweak the security slightly differently (phpmyadmin is on a random string such as domain.co.uk/slhfklshfkwkwlg instead of domain.co.uk/phpmyadmin, we use a high-priv user that isn’t called root or admin with those names disabled and we also limit access to it by IP range) and we have our own control panel, but all of the work ‘under the hood’ is from this guide.

    Would love per-user mailbox size controls and a DKIM tutorial (we use SPF at the moment), but I’ll figure those out on a testing VM at some point.

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