Databases are bad for email. Howbeit, sometimes you really don’t need fast mailing system, but want to use an existing backup infrastructure. At this article we will setup our own mail server using DBMail, Postfix and SASL.
- DBMail is an open source mail server which able to use relational database to store all users and mail data. It has IMAP and POP3 daemons with built-in connection encryption to view your mail box securerly.
- Postfix is a mail transfer agent with SMTP daemon which is used to forward any outgoing mail from your PC to another mail server and receive incoming mails.
- SASL is a Simple Authentication and Security Layer which is used by Postfix to auth a connection to SMTP daemon with your username and password.
First, you need to register a domain or use an existing one. At this article I will use somewhere-in-the.space domain registred with NameCheap.
Second, create A, AAAA(if you have IPv6) and MX records using your own or registrar’s DNS server.
mail.somewhere-in-the.space. IN A your-IPv4 mail.somewhere-in-the.space. IN AAAA your-IPv6 somewhere-in-the.space. IN MX 1 mail.somewhere-in-the.space.
Add PostgreSQL repo and install it.
wget --quiet -O - https://www.postgresql.org/media/keys/ACCC4CF8.asc | apt-key add - echo "deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt/ $(lsb_release -cs)"-pgdg main | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list apt update apt install postgresql-11
Enable PostgreSQL autostart.
update-rc.d postgresql enable
Check PostgreSQL is working.
su - postgres -c "psql -c 'select version();'"
To make our server secure and trusted we need to obtain TLS certificate.
You can get one for free using Let’s Encrypt.
First, install certbot.
apt install certbot
Second, edit /etc/letsencrypt/cli.ini certbot config file.
max-log-backups = 0 authenticator = standalone preferred-challenges = http #change address to your public one on gmail, aol, etc. email = firstname.lastname@example.org agree-tos = True no-eff-email = True manual-public-ip-logging-ok = True #change permissions to appropriate ones post-hook = /bin/chmod -R 640 /etc/letsencrypt/archive/ > /dev/null 2>&1
certbot certonly -d mail.somewhere-in-the.space
Add cron job to renew certificate automatically every week.
crontab -e * * * * 0 /usr/bin/certbot renew --force-renew
Let’s setup DBMail.