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Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:59 am
by WhatUsernameIsFree?
Hi all,

I'm quite fed up with Google and their privacy policies. Privacy is this years new black with me, it seems. How can I setup my own email server please? I own a domain name, so that's easy enough. What other considerations do I need to take into account?

Thanks

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:29 am
by xenopeek
First hit on Google search (ow, the irony :)) when looking for "linux set up your own email server": http://flurdy.com/docs/postfix/. That seems like an awfully complete guide, as it includes anti-spam and anti-virus measures. It's for Ubuntu, so should work on Linux Mint also.

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:50 pm
by WhatUsernameIsFree?
I saw a few guides, each with very different methods, but each looking quite complicated.

Never mind. I'll give it a bash!

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:18 pm
by DrHu
Probably the most important pick is the email server application you want to use/try
--a matter of researching what is available..

A long general guide of tools for email services on linux..
http://www.linuxmail.info/
https://www.zimbra.com/products/
--their desktop (messaging, calendar etc.) is quite well known..

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:45 am
by WhatUsernameIsFree?
What happens if I'm hosting my own email server and I get a power cut or my internet goes down as someone sends me an email? Does the sending server wait a little while to see if the receiving server comes back online or will it just send it without anything being there to receive it?

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:40 am
by xenopeek
That depends on the sender's server configuration. Most will retry it a few times every so many hours, before finally giving up and returning a undeliverable message to the sender.

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:29 am
by WhatUsernameIsFree?
Vincent Vermeulen wrote:That depends on the sender's server configuration. Most will retry it a few times every so many hours, before finally giving up and returning a undeliverable message to the sender.
It certainly sounds like this isn't totally beyond the reach of a 'home server' configuration then. Just need to find a machine and domain to practice with before committing my machine to it. ;)

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:46 pm
by bjornmu
WhatUsernameIsFree? wrote:It certainly sounds like this isn't totally beyond the reach of a 'home server' configuration then. Just need to find a machine and domain to practice with before committing my machine to it. ;)
Certainly, an important principle behind the design of email systems is that an email shouldn't just get lost if the receiving server is temporarily unreachable. It's too important for that.

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:56 pm
by xenopeek
Yes, you can set up a backup email server. There are also various online services you can use for that, as a backup for when your email server is down.

Re: Have My Own Email Server?

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:11 pm
by WhatUsernameIsFree?
Ok, I've got down to "Advanced mail server"

I clearly have no idea what I'm doing. How do I undo all this? :S