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Date:      Fri, 4 May 2018 11:33:39 -0700
From:      Kurt Buff <kurt.buff@gmail.com>
To:        "freebsd-questions@freebsd.org" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: email service for a private domain!
Message-ID:  <CADy1Ce7ExQz21rM-nu7EzzGhE+DcmdgtMQNqaW7aPvgtbs918w@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <20180504083711.GB10324@wolfman.devio.us>
References:  <20180504083711.GB10324@wolfman.devio.us>

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I assume that you have someone hosting your DNS zone. That's the
easiest alternative. I wouldn't dive into hosting your own DNS.

You will need, at a mimimum, the following:

You will need a static address for your host from your ISP (or if you
are colocating your server, from them), and you will also require a
PTR record for your host, entered into the zone of whoever grants you
the static address.

Your DNS zone will need to list the A (and/or AAAA) record for your
host, and an MX record.

You will also want an SPF record in your zone, and should explore the
idea of implementing DMARC/DKIM.

After that is configured, you'll need to configure the software for
your mail server. I suggest using postfix, in conjunction with a good
IMAP server. There are several.

I'd also recommend that you subscribe to the postfix email list, and
start asking questions there - after you've read the documentation.

There are alternatives to postfix (I've used and loathed sendmail, a
very long time ago), but postfix is the one that seemed best developed
to me, and I was most comfortable with it. YMMV.

I'd also suggest setting up an anti-spam filter. For my $dayjob
several years ago, I put up MAIA Mailguard, and it worked very well.
It packages spamassassin and several other things into a very nice
filter, but it might be overkill if you are only doing mail for
yourself.

I no longer use postfix/spamassassin or other OSS tools for email, so
can't comment much further - $dayjob has implemented commercial
alternatives for all of that.

HTH,

Kurt


On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 1:37 AM, Mayuresh Kathe <mayuresh@kathe.in> wrote:
> i own a domain (kathe.in) which i would like to setup for mail services.
> essentially, i should be able to log-in over ssh and work through my
> emails using mailx.
>
> i have no idea about what is involved and don't know what the search for
> via google.
>
> could i be pointed in the right direction?
>
> also, how do i evaluate hosting service providers?
> i only know of rootbsd and digitalocean.
>
> thanks.
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