by Peer Heinlein and Peer Hartleben
May 2008, 368 pp.
IMAP (the Internet Message Access Protocol) allows clients to access their email on a remote server, whether from the office, a remote location, or a cell phone or other device. IMAP is powerful and flexible, but it's also complicated to set up; it's more difficult to implement than POP3 and more error-prone for both client and server.
The Book of IMAP offers a detailed introduction to IMAP and POP3, the two protocols that govern all modern mail servers and clients. You'll learn how the protocols work as well as how to install, configure, and maintain the two most popular open source mail systems, Courier and Cyrus.
Authors Peer Heinlein and Peer Hartleben have set up hundreds of mail servers and offer practical hints about troubleshooting errors, migration, filesystem tuning, cluster setups, and password security that will help you extricate yourself from all sorts of tricky situations. You'll also learn how to:
Thoroughly commented references to the POP and IMAP protocols round out the book, making The Book of IMAP an essential resource for even the most experienced system administrators.
About the Author
Peer Heinlein has been operating an independent ISP in Berlin with his colleagues since 1992. He specializes in mail servers of various sizes and enjoys ambitious Linux projects. He shares his experience in books and trainings.
Peer Hartleben is a CTO and Linux Security Consultant with a focus on Cyrus-based mail servers.
Co-published with Open Source Press; translated from German by Katherine Salter.
Table of Contents
PART 1: How to Set Up and Maintain IMAP Servers
PART 2: Courier-IMAP
PART 3: Cyrus-IMAP
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"The Book of IMAP: Building a Mail Server with Courier and Cyrus, by Peer Heinlein and Peer Hartleben, is a quality resource for any serious mail administrator. The approach taken is direct, but at the same time it's very expansive, setting this book apart from most others I have read."
"The Book of IMAP is really a how-to guide for anyone wanting to build not just an IMAP server, but one that delivers a high-performance, high-reliability service. . . . Highly recommended."
"I've had the opportunity over the years to be a principle person doing the architecture and design of two fairly large-scale email systems, one using commercial products based on Cyrus for a large national ISP and one using purely open-source software and built around Courier-IMAP for a medium-to-large multinational corporation. I feel that this book has definitely helped me achieve a better and deeper understanding of these packages."
"The book is a useful and thoroughly technical read for the mailserver administrator working on IMAP or related professionals wanting to know more about this opensource mailserver technology."
"IT pros and libraries catering to them need The Book of IMAP: a reference that offers detailed instructions to IMAP and POP3, the basics governing all modern mail servers and clients. The authors have set up hundreds of mail servers: their advice is invaluable and clear."