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Postfix: The Definitive Guide [Paperback]

Kyle D. Dent
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28 Dec 2003

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)
  • 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.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (28 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596002122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002121
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 17.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Excellent book." -- Information Security Bulletin, September 2004

About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Mar 2005
This book has been really useful to me. It cover so much information about postfix and it's all very well written.
I bought the book to learn postfix so I've tried all the different sorts of configurations discussed in the book. Only on the very rare occaision have I needed to find out more information to make things work correctly.
Its also really great how almost all O'Reilly books (including this one) have those 'lay flat' bindings.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddie.. 2 May 2004
A brand new postfix book, now that dont happen every day.
This one is uptoday and alot better than Blum`s Postfix book (sams). Its writen in the usual O'Reilly's style.
Lets face it, there is no realy good postfix howto on the internet, and postfix can be a pain if your geting advanced.
This book covers most part of postfix and 3rd party software as Ldap etc...
If your new to email administration, you will save yourself alot of time with this book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to work from and understand 17 April 2006
I did not get a lay flat bound book which was a disappointment, that aside the book will lead you through Postfix from beginning to end, it touches on MySQL but misses postfixadmin which would have been a good addition to the MySQL section.

FreeBSD is covered throughout but as usual it is an afterthought and not handled fully, that's not a problem as we BSD people are used to that though ;)

Well worth buying, missed a star due to the points I have raised
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to Mail Servers 16 Mar 2014
By OllyC
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Even if you decide not to use Postfix and opt for a different mail server this is an excellent introduction into mail servers and how email works as well as introducing all the concepts you would expect, protecting your mail server from hacking and avoiding vulnerabilities aswell as Spam email. This book is well written and easy to read for such a complicated subject, although some knowledge of Unix operating systems is required to understand some of the concepts.
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