About MailServe 5.0...

MailServe helps you set up a fully functional mail server on Mac OS X that can:

• send outgoing mail
• receive incoming mail
• fetch mail from an ISP mail server
• filter out spam
• store all these mail on the server & and allow them to be read them from any mail client
• allow mail to be organised into folders and sub-folders
• authenticate users before they are allowed to send mail through the server
• encrypt mail coming in and out of the server using SSL (including inserting Intermediate CA certs)

MailServe organises each of these tasks—from the simple to the complex—into discrete panels in its user interface. This allows the user to turn the mail services on one-by-one, and turn them off individually when they're not needed.

MailServe does a lot of complicated configuring of your server beneath its Mac-like user interface. It does this in a non-invasive manner, touching as little as possible of the original system files so as to leave your system in its pristine state. And you can remove all the files installed by the MailServe, at one go, using the De-Install option in MailServe's Help menu.

OS X Lion Upgrade Notes :
The Dovecot folders are in each user's ~/Mail/Dovecot folder, so if you did an upgrade to OS X Lion, they should still be there. On the other hand, if you didn't do a clean install, there will be cruft left over from the previous installations of MailServe. So, if you've open MailServe for Lion, save the current config from the File menu, do a De-Install from Help menu and then quit and come back to the app, and open the saved config. Then start all the services you need. You'll get the new binaries, config files, libraries and the other stuff that will work with Lion.

Installing a Mail Server on OS X - A Step by Step Guide

Step 1—Sending Mail to other Mail Servers, using the Outgoing Panel

Mail servers talk to each other via SMTP. There's an SMTP server, Postfix, built into every Leopard machine. But it needs to be turned on. So, start at this point—at MailServe's Outgoing panel—to turn on that SMTP server. Once it's on, you can use it to send mail to other mail servers, as well as from things like PHP scripts, running on your server. [Details]

Step 2—Receiving Mail from other Mail Servers

The Postfix SMTP server will also receive mail from other servers. But you need to first tell Postfix which domains to receive mail for. You set this up using the Mail Server panel, which also allows you to set up Postfix so it will relay mail for other machines on your network, as well as for remote machines which authenticate. [Details]

Step 3—Setting up POP3 and/or IMAP Servers using Dovecot

Once Mail has been delivered to the Postfix server, you need to have a mechanism whereby mail clients like Mail, Entourage or Thunderbird can access the stored mail. This service is provided by POP3 and IMAP server called Dovecot, not Postfix. IMAP servers have an additional functionality over POP3 servers—they allow the user to organise the messages into a folder/subfolder structure. [Details]

Step 4—Setting up Fetchmail

Fetchmail is useful for people who have many other POP or IMAP servers that they read mail from. Fetchmail can be set up to check these other POP or IMAP servers periodically and download all that mail, consolidating them into one single mailbox on the local server. [Details]

Step 5—Spam Filtering & Mail User Accounts Management

The Spam Panel includes controls for managing spam and setting up user accounts. MailServe uses procmail to integrate Postfix with Dovecot and SpamBayes to implement spam filtering. The mail administrator can set up custom procmail directives to be processed before or after spam processing. [Details]

The Mail Log

The Mail Log Panel provides access to the Postfix, Dovecot and Fetchmail logs as one merged stream. It also shows the current versions of Postfix, Dovecot and Fetchmail that's activated by MailServe.

If you Option-click the Postfix Log button, you can get a list of the currently active Postfix parameters.

The Mail Queue

Use this panel to monitor the mail queue. The Get button retrieves information about messages in the mail queue. You can flush the queue or choose a particular message to delete—useful for when there are messages stuck in the queue.

De-Installing MailServe

You can de-install MailServe by using the menu item, shown below, in the Help menu. It will shut down any mail-related service that is still running, and remove all files installed by MailServe.

MailServe works from its own folder in /usr/local/cutedge/postfix, in which are stuffed the main.cf, master.cf and other files used by Postfix. The original Postfix files in /etc/postfix are left un-touched and so MailServe leaves your system in its original state after de-installation.

MailServe for Lion includes new binaries and config files that are specific to Mac OS X Lion. You can do a de-install to clear the files left over from the previous Leopard/Snow Leopard versions of MailServe. First, save the current configuration using the File->Save menu. Then, quit and come back into MailServe. Then, open the saved configuration file to read back the previous configuration settings. Then, Start Postfix. You will get all the new binaries loaded for use with Lion.

The Help menu also contains links to this MailServe for Lion web page and they can be used to check our web site for new versions.

Release Log

5.0 July 14 2011. MailServe for Lion released with version 2.0.12 of Dovecot.

5.0.1 July 24 2011. Updated Dovecot to the latest current 2.0.13. Fixed two problems with Dovecot. Dovecot can now allow SSL ports (995 and 993) to be opened without requiring the corresponding default ports (110 and 143) to be opened, too (so that you can force a user to connect to Dovecot only via SSL). Also, restored Dovecot's ability to support custom port numbers for POP and IMAP. Please remember to save your config, do a de-install from MailServe's Help menu, re-open the saved config, and then restart all the services, in order to get these latest Dovecot binaries.

The serial number & download link will be displayed in the browser after payment, and will also be sent via email.

MailServe for Lion. Please provide the email address you used to purchase the product, together with its serial no:

The latest version is 5.0.1

MailServe for Lion 5.0.1 includes a new version 2.0.13 build of Dovecot.

Important 5.0 to 5.0.1 Notes :
If you've used the first version 5.0, please do a de-install from the Help menu on 5.0.1 to get the latest Dovecot.

For more details, please check out the Release Log.

Bernard Teo