Tag: dovecot

Setting up shared mailboxes in dovecot

[edited 28.06.2013]
Sometimes you need mail adresses and postboxes that need to be accessed by multiple persons. In a company for example there could be a mailbox sales@yourcompany.com and if you are planning for example a wedding it can be a good idea to have an account wedding@yourdomain.tld that can be accessed by you and yor (future) wife. It is definitly not the best idea to create a “normal” account and just give the password to all people who might need it. This might leed to confusion (and data loss). In my opinion accounts should always be bound to a person.
The solution for my LDA (aka mailserver) dovecot is called “SharedMailboxes”, ie mailboxes that are shared between users and linked to their accounts. It wasn’t that easy to setup but finally I could get it to work in the following way:

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Mailserver with ldap tutorial – part 6: sieve

Sometimes it is useful to have the mailserver sort mails in different folders – especially when you use different deveices to read your mail. You could have a folder spam for mails tagged as spam by spamassasin and mailinglists for mailinglist which you maybe don’t want to read on your smartphone. A nice and mighty way to do such filtering is to use sieve.

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Mailserver with ldap tutorial – part 4: testing

After I’ve described how to set up a mailserver with openldap, postfix and dovecot it’s now time to test it and make sure everything works.

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Mailserver with ldap tutorial – part 2: dovecot

After we’ve setup openldap in part 1, I’m going to describe in this post how to setup dovecot. In our mailserver dovecot will have three tasks: it provides access to the mailboxes via imaps, it will destribute the mails accepted by postfix to the mailboxes (local deliviery agent) and it will provide an authentication interface for postfix

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Mailserver with ldap tutorial – overview

In this post I’m going to describe setting up a mail server using postfix, dovecot and LDAP with virtual mailboxes.
Although I’m extending extend my current mail server configuration (German) by using LDAP as single point of administration I’m going to describe the complete setup. I did this for testing on clean debian squeeze virtual box. The documentation of my configuration is mainly for myself to remember,. But as it might help others with their configuration, I’m publishing it.

This is a post from my old blog http://tech.cbjck.de. It has been moved here and slightly edited for better readability. It's also been adjusted to the new layout.
The content however is old and might be outdated.

When developing this config I was mainly inspired by the configuration by Michael Hammer.

The steps for configuring the server are:

  1. Setting up LDAP
  2. Setting up dovecot
  3. Setting up postfix
  4. Testing
  5. Setting up virus and spam protection
  6. Setting up filtering
  7. Setting up mobile access
  8. Setting up web acccess

Edited on Aug 27th 2017 for better readability.