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by: Bernard Teo

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Wed 28 May 2008

My very own Leopard-based Server with Dovecot

Category : Commentary/LeopardiMacServer.txt

I've only just found the time to upgrade my own server to Leopard. (Talk about the cobbler's children going without shoes.) It used to be on a Mac Mini running Tiger, which had performed admirably well, chugging away quietly and efficiently for two years without giving any problems. But the workload has increased and the Mac mini had felt increasingly slow under all that weight.

My server's now running on an Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz iMac and I'm very happy with it. It's running Dovecot and I'm enjoying being able to organise my IMAP folders into sub-folders, because I've got so many of them, damn folders.

I've kept almost every single message that I've received or sent out over the last five years, just so I can build up the background information quickly if anyone ever writes to me for support. So my IMAP store is huge. UW/IMAP was struggling to keep up. Dovecot does feel snappier.

I've enabled all the essential services, of course using DNS Enabler, MailServe Pro and WebMon. I did a clean install of Leopard and the services were set up in literally minutes. Most of the time I spent moving mail from UW/IMAP on the Mac Mini to Dovecot on the iMac.

So, would I pay for these, my own applications? Definitely :-) I am proud of them. But that's not to say they can't be improved. They can and I will be working on that, after the short break we had planned for in China.

But to go or not to go? Earthquakes, flood, hand-foot-mouth disease and other possible epidemics. How things had changed in just one month.

Anyway, I've prepared the servers. I've a backup for everything - for the server, broadband line, etc - so my friend Hai Hwee can switch over if anything happens to the server while we're away for two weeks.

The good thing about buying the tickets directly from Singapore Airlines is that you have up to almost the last day to change your mind and you can exchange the tickets for vouchers that are valid for one year.

Shanghai, Suzhou and Nanjing beckon. Or do they? Will need to decide soon.

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