Postfix is a Mail Transfer Agent (MTA): software that mail servers use to route email. Postfix is highly respected by experts for its secure design and tremendous reliability. And new users like it because it's so simple to configure. In fact, Postfix has been adopted as the default MTA on Mac OS X. It is also compatible with sendmail, so that existing scripts and programs continue to work seamlesslyafter it is installed.Postfix was written by well-known security expert Wietse Venema, who reviewed this book intensively during its entire development. Author Kyle Dent covers a wide range of Postfix tasks, from virtual hosting to controls for unsolicited commercial email.While basic configuration of Postfix is easy, every site has unique needs that call for a certain amount of study. This book, with careful background explanations and generous examples, eases readers from the basic configuration to the full power of Postfix. It discusses the Postfix interfaces to various tools that round out a fully scalable and highly secure email system. These tools include POP, IMAP, LDAP, MySQL, Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL), and Transport Layer Security (TLS, an upgrade of SSL). A reference section for Postfix configuration parameters and an installation guide are included.Topics include:
Basic installation and configuration
DNS configuration for email
Working with POP/IMAP servers
Hosting multiple domains (virtual hosting)
Handling unsolicited email (spam blocking)
Security through SASL and TLS
From compiling and installing Postfix to troubleshooting, Postfix: The Definitive Guide offers system administrators and anyone who deals with Postfix an all-in-one, comprehensive tutorial and reference to this MTA.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Postfix Origins and Philosophy
Email and the Internet
The Role of Postfix
Additional Information and How to Obtain Postfix
Chapter 2 Prerequisites
Chapter 3 Postfix Architecture
How Messages Enter the Postfix System
The Postfix Queue
Tracing a Message Through Postfix
Chapter 4 General Configuration and Administration
Kyle D. Dent works as an independent consultant and software developer in the New York metropolitan area. He has designed and implemented various security, network, and web-based applications for technology and financial firms. He has been working with Postfix in various settings since it was released by IBM in 1998. Kyle grew up with computers in an IBM family, but originally started working in publishing and as a teacher of English as a Second Language. He is an avid supporter of public libraries serving as a trustee at his local library and on his regional library system board. He has recently started to learn the classical guitar.
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Comments about oreilly Postfix: The Definitive Guide:
I found this book to be helpful, but also vague at times. This book is an okay resource in helping you setup your mail server, but if it's your first time setting one up you'll still have some problems with the book, as I did.