by Ralf Hildebrandt and Patrick Koetter
March 2005, 496 pp.
This book is currently out of stock, but the ebook is still available
Developed with security and speed in mind, Postfix has become a popular alternative to Sendmail. The Book of Postfix is a complete guide to Postfix whether used by the home user, as a mailrelay or virus scanning gateway, or as a company mailserver. Practical examples show how to deal with daily challenges like protecting mail users from SPAM and viruses, managing multiple domains, and offering roaming access.
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About the Author
Ralf Hildebrandt and Patrick Koetter are active and well-known figures in the Postfix community. Hildebrandt is a systems engineer for T-NetPro, a German telecommunications company, and Koetter runs his own company consulting and developing corporate communication for customers in Europe and Africa. Both have spoken about Postfix at industry conferences and contribute regularly to a number of open source mailing lists.
Table of Contents
Reader review: "For a tech book I've found it quite easy to read and am quite impressed with the practical examples it gives as the book moves you through."
"I found this book very easy to read and understand and I think the material covered targets not only those new to email servers, but also seasoned postmaster veterans."
Book excerpt posted
"Presents an exceptionally good manual and reference."
"Ranks among the best technical tutorial books I've encountered."
Article entited, "Readers, experts square off on the best Linux books" mentions book: "A great guide for both new and experienced administrators on how to install, configure and troubleshoot Postfix. It is especially useful for administrators who are new to Postfix and want to hit the ground running."
"The authors are Postfix experts who pack their book with documentation, answers to common questions, plenty of examples, and tips on everything from filtering spam to authenticating users."
Image of book on magazine cover; review not yet available online
The Book of Postfix is "a spectacular resource for all manner of Postfix administrators. Whether it's for your job, your business, or your hobby, managing Postfix-based email server is best done with the aid of this book."
Also posted on Newsforge.com, August 10, 2005 (Full review)
“Provided just the right amount of introductory material… loaded with
“The book is truly well-written, starting from the ground up, yet it
Danny Yee’s review posted: "There's no cruft... it's a fairly chunky book, but none of it is padding."
“I find it hard to say anything bad about the book, because it does
Q&A with Hildebrandt and Koetter on website maintained by Linux Planet
“A wonderful introduction… It is a book on the beginner/intermediate
“An essential reference for anyone determined to build or maintain a
"A good alternative to the sometimes opaque guides you can find online. Perhaps the best compliment we can pay this book is to advise that if you are setting up a Postfix server, the book will save you time and help you configure a secure and fast mailserver."
The Book of Postfix is "quite thorough and easy to read."
Authors Ralf Hildebrandt and Patrick Koetter: "Postfix is fast out of the box, but like other packages, you can usually tune it to work even faster."
Chapter 19 ("Performance Tuning") posted
"What makes the book also very appealing is the simple fact that it is VERY compact, considering the many tips and tricks which would take you normally years to get to that experienced level."
“I knew from previous comments, that it would be good. I wasn't prepared
“How good is it? Very… definitely recommended to any Postfix administrator.”
"Too many technology books take either a highly technical approach or a no-frills, step-by-step approach, but The Book of Postfix bridges the gap between the two."