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Dovecot: POP3/IMAP servers for enterprises and ISPs Paperback – July 29, 2016
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Peer Heinlein has run his own ISP with his team since 1992 and specializes in mail servers. He designs and oversees email setups of all sizes and loves taking on challenging open source projects. He shares his extensive knowledge in books, articles and training courses. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Every guide I have ever followed never worked and I never knew why.
This book explains it very well and it just works. Another thing that is rare in Open Source books is that it is up-to-date.
The setup of the server was not without issues but due to the detailed manual testing steps documented in the book I was able to actually understand and solve the problems I had myself.
I also like the fact the book acknowledges that almost all the postfix/dovecot guides out there are incomplete/outdated or just plain wrong - which confirmed years of personal experience.
At one point I even got stuck and I emailed the author - he kindly took time to help me and resolved my problem for me - all round probably best money I've spent in 20 years on a IT book.
Only reason I don't give this book five stars is that I felt it felt short when it come to group mailboxes and aliases. That discussion was unfortunately left out in its entirety. Perhaps for a reason, when I later looked it up on the net it seems that consensus says that mailing lists and group mail-boxes should be handled by Postfix, but if so, it should at least merit a mention in this authoritative guide on Dovecot. With that only exception Dovecot is a great book that I am sure you will appreciate. I highly recommend it.