How to learn Mail Servers in 3 easy steps

Discussion in 'Software' started by Jakamoko, May 26, 2004.

  1. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Hi All,

    I need your advice. I have been told to go learn all about our Mail Systems at work, from the ground up. Ultimately the plan is for me to help implement a secure and scalable mail system for existing and future customers.

    So what I'm asking is this. Can anyone recommend a text or resource that covers the subject in general, and is understandable to a relative novice. Also, I'd prefer it wasn't just a guide for one system (eg Exchange), as we currently use 3 seperate systems as follows:

    1) Exchange (for Internal Mail)

    2) Merak (Our older, outgoing system for clients' pop3 and webmail)

    3) Surgemail (The main one, superceding the functions of Merak above)

    Currently I'm working on developing an effictive anti-spam and abuse system based on Surgemail, but like I say, I want to take this role a lot further.

    Any help, advice or suggestions from you Guys will, as usual, be gratefully received.
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  2. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Hey come on, you lot - I'm not giving this one up lightly.

    PS. Forgot to mention, work are paying for whatever book I choose :D
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  3. Phoenix
    Honorary Member

    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    well O'reilly made a good book on sendmail
    i know your not really looking for specific application books but they should explain the genreal mail system pretty well, however mail in general really isnt that complex, its the systems themselves that are
    exchange and sendmail are both piss easy to set up
    but to optimize them and configure them to your exact requirements is a mission to say the least, they are both very powerful mail servers,

    key here is
    mail is simple conceptionaly
    mail servers are behemoths

    check some base documentation for sendmail/exchange and try go from there
    also see if the system you use has decent training documentation
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0

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