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Suggestions for an Email Intensive Server
I'm just starting out and I want to set up a server that has a little regular webpage activity (some Flash, php, MySQL) but a lot of email activity.
I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for the best configuration.
I've got a basic Linux box with a pretty good processor and HD.
I was thinking of offering email accounts between 10mb and 55mb.
There are many things I don't know yet, so I just was hoping someone could give me a little advice.
Are you going to be running alot of MySQL Intensive applications. Sounds like your going for mail hosting. ?
Is the mail activity mailing lists?
No - some mailing lists to customers occasionally, but mainly just POP/IMAP email accounts, and some webmail access.
I'm shooting for about 900 customers on this one server, minimum.
Is that feasible?
What are the specs of the box you have now?
I've got a Conroe 2.4 processor, a 160gb SATA, 10mbps connection, 1 gig ram.
The rest is Linux and I want a Squirrel Mail webmail to start.
It all depends on the amount of mail your wanting to shift through the box. Which you can't tell till youve got 900 customers
Have you looked at a soloution like Scalix, or Zimbra?
I'm thinking 55mb disk space per customer, and I don't expect anybody to run over a gig of bandwidth per month.
I also have 1500 gigs of bandwidth.
To me, the numbers are sounding right, but I've never done it before.
I'll look at your suggestions - thank you.
Yes that should be fine, although do think about expanding with failover systems etc...
Thanks so much for your input.
Do you main "failover" as in a RAID1 or something similar?
That term is new to me.
Eg. Failover MX Records, and Backup DNS.
RAID1 or above would also be a good idea.
Last edited by Servers4me; 01-21-2007 at 05:09 PM.
I haven't set up my profile yet.
Failover MX Records and Backup DNS - I'll look into it.