Author: Gordon Language: text
Description: Host your own mail server Timestamp: 2017-07-17 22:04:46 +0000
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  1. Just finished listening to episode 327 and after hearing your feedback comments about secure mail servers I thought I would share what I have done towards de-google-izing my life.
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  3. For my children's sake, to reduce theirs and my public footprint I decided to host my own mail server. I wanted a drop-in replacement for Gmail with calendaring and mobile phone support and planned to use Dovecot and Roundcube as Dan also mentioned in this episode.
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  5. I then stumbled across NethServer (www.nethserver.org) as an all-in-one general server solution. This system offers easy one-click installation of many server applications running on top of Centos. After the initial installation I was able to get Dovecot, Roundcube, Spam filtering and NextCloud up and running in a matter of minutes all with Let's Encrypt SSL. A common user directory makes accessing all of the applications simple.  
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  7. The server will also act as the network gateway / firewall but I chose to sit mine behind a pfSense box.
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  9. After testing I ended up using the SoGo groupware application rather than Roundcube for webmail, calendaring and contacts as it also has seamless ActiveSync integration for mobile phones.
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  11. The active NethServer community is very friendly with regular security and feature updates.
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  13. Hope this may be of interest to any listeners looking for a simple one-stop solution.
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