- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1st edition (March 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593270011
- ISBN-13: 978-1593270018
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Ranks among the best technical tutorial books I've encountered." -- OSNews, February 9, 2006
...packed with documentation, answers to common questions, examples, and tips on everything from filtering spam to authenticating users. -- Midwest Book Review, Internet Book Watch, September 2005 (http://www.midwestbookreview.com/ibw/sep_05.htm)
An essential reference for anyone determined to build or maintain a reliable and secure mailserver with this well-known software application. -- Midwest Book Review, June 2005 http://www.midwestbookreview.com/ibw/jun_05.htm
How good is it? Very definitely recommended to any Postfix administrator. -- Cricalix.com, March 27, 2005
I wasn't prepared for just how good it is. There's stuff in here for everyone. -- Neohapsis, March 30, 2005 http://archives.neohapsis.com/archives/postfix/2005-03/2435.html
It covers a lot of material to a very high standard, whilst also remaining very readable. -- Debian Administration, June 27, 2005
Provided just the right amount of introductory material... loaded with information and examples that will help you quickly and easily. -- Linux Magazine, August 2005
The book will save you time and help you configure a secure and fast mailserver. -- Netsurfer Digest, May 31, 2005 http://www.netsurf.com/nsd/
Truly well-written, starting from the ground up. -- InfoWorld, July 14, 2005,
Whether it's for your job, your business, or your hobby, managing Postfix-based email server is best done with this book. -- Linux.com, August 10, 2005
About the Author
Ralf Hildebrandt and Patrick Koetter are active and well-known figures in the Postfix community. Hildebrandt is a systems engineer for T-NetPro, a German telecommunications company, and Koetter runs his own company consulting and developing corporate communication for customers in Europe and Africa. Both have spoken about Postfix at industry conferences and contribute regularly to a number of open source mailing lists.
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I was able to get Postfix working with Amavisd-new to integrate virus scanning and SpamAssassin. Previously I had tried to do that using only the package documentation and what I could find online; I gave it up because I just couldn't spend any more time. Getting virus and spam filtering working (for me) justified the cost of the book.
In addition, I have been able to implement LDAP and several security measures using this book. Chapter 19, A Company Mail Server is invaluable; it took a little study time for me, but now I have a mail server I could not have achieved with my experience level without this book.
For whatever it is worth, when I started this project I had dial in service and implemented Postfix using dial in; so if you are still doing dialup, you can make a working server. Now I have broadband and the transition was painless.
My only previous experience was with Sendmail and MS Exchange. Using this book, you can implement Postfix securely. I was also able to integrate Courier Maildrop using this book, which gives me the further advantage of being able to write custom filters and impose quotas on a per user basis.
Any reasonably savvy user/administrator can create a secure and dependable mail server using only this book as a reference.
Nuff said! 5 stars - Definitely Recommended
According to the Postfix mailing list, there is a new / updated version of this book that should be expected to print sometime in 2011.
One thing I really enjoy about this book is that it goes beyond simple configuration examples to explain how postfix actually works. Individual daemons and command-line tools are described in detail. Reading the man pages and postfix docs simply won't give you an overarching view of how postfix works like you will get in this book. Also, the formatting of the book is very nice - well structured, with a sensible use of headers, font-weight, lists, and such like to make the content easy to follow. You'll get the most out of this book if you simply start at the beginning, and work your way through at a steady pace.
It should be noted that, at the time of this review (2011) the book is reaching the outer-edge of being "dated". It seems to have been designed primary for postfix version 2.1, but now we are up to version 2.8 stable. Personally, this hasn't caused any problems for me at all as I have implemented the configurations described in the book, but I imagine there must be some differences somewhere.
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