[ubuntu-za] Postfix explained

Charl Wentzel charl.wentzel at vodamail.co.za
Sat Oct 12 10:26:14 UTC 2013

Thanks Stefano

This was REALLY helpful.

My most common scenario is a server on my LAN, what want's to send 
notifications, e.g. RAID or a business application.

So based on this, for a server:
a. on my LAN,
b. behind a NAT firewall, and
c. a email server hosted on the Internet,
I would setup a satellite system so notifications can be sent to an 
email account of my choice.

Thanks, again! I really appreciate this.


On 12/10/2013 11:02, Stefano Rivera wrote:
> Hi Charl (2013.09.19_21:39:31_+0200)
> Excuse a delayed reply. I haven't been on top of my e-mail recently.
>> Every now and then I have an application that requires Postfix to be
>> installed.  I assume this is because it wants to send email
>> notifications.  I always get stuck at the point where you need to
>> choose:
>> 1. None
> No template, you write your postfix configuration yourself.
>> 2. Internet Site
> You're an mail server on the internet, that will accept e-mail for your
> users, and send email to other mail servers.
>> 3. Internet with Smarthost
> You'll accept e-mail for your users, but outgoing e-mail must be routed
> through a smarthost (another mail server that you have access too).
>> 4. Satellite system
> A machine that doesn't participate in the public e-mail network. It uses
> a smarthost for outgoing email, and won't listen for incoming e-mail on
> any external network interfaces.
>> 5. Local only
> You can send e-mail between local users. That's it.
>> Try as I may, I have never found a simple site/document that
>> explains the basic differences between these items and when to use
>> each of them.  The site I found simply tell you how to setup a
>> specific option for a specific application without really explaining
>> why.  So I just drop it and always select "none", just to get it out
>> of the way.
> The terms used are fairly standard. If you have experience running
> mail servers, they should be straightforward enough.
> Sounds like you should write this document :)
> SR

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