Postfix the Definitive Guide, Paperback
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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 seamlessly after 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) * Mailing lists * 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 280 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
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  • Category: Operating systems
  • ISBN: 9780596002121



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O'Reilly books are usually the standard by which all others on the topic are measured. However, in this case, there is a better book -- See "The Book of Postfix: State-of-the-art Message Transport" by Ralf Hildebrandt and Patrick Koetter.It's not that Kyle's book is all that bad -- it's not. It's just that it's not as good as the book from Ralf and Patrick.Ironically, O'Reilly is the US distributor for both of these books, and their best-selling book on the subject is the one from Ralf and Patrick.

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