Mailing List SIMS@mail.stalker.com Message #15500
From: Bill Cole <listbill@scconsult.com>
Subject: Re: Off-topic: Using OS X as secondary mail server
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 22:31:57 -0400
To: SIMS Discussions <SIMS@mail.stalker.com>
[I've already responded offlist as requested to "NetHead" but I wanted to comment on this...]

At 5:50 PM -0700 6/21/07, Christopher Bort  imposed structure on a stream of electrons, yielding:
On 06/21/07 15:15, nethead@pecandeluxe.com (NetHead) wrote:

But for the life of me, I can't figure out how to do this in OS X Server.

I think that what you want to do may go beyond what can be done with Server Admin's GUI. You may have to get some grease under your fingernails and edit the postfix config files by hand. If you do so, be careful about using the GUI to change mail server settings afterwards, as that might munge your hand-editing.

It was hard enough for me to get it straight way back when I set up my SIMS servers. I've read the manual from Apple. But face it... if you're doing something other than a straightforward setup, the manual is worthless.

As OS X Server uses postfix as its MTA, it would be appropriate to also read the postfix docs. Apple is not really responsible for providing documentation for the FOSS components of OS X [Server] beyond covering anything special to their implementation in OS X.

So, since this is the most knowledgeable bunch of mail administrators I know, I thought I'd post the question here and we could carry on the discussion "off-list".

I'd suggest that might you get a better response from Apple's OS X Server list. Your questions will be on-topic on that list, which is frequented by people who are very familiar with doing this sort of thing on OS X Server. Also, since OS X Server uses postfix as its MTA, you might also read the postfix docs and try asking postfix specific questions on a postfix list. As always, read the FAQs and search the list archives before posting to any list with which you aren't familiar. I think this subject has probably been discussed before on the OS X Server list.

Unfortunately, the MacOS X Server community doesn't seem to be a terribly vibrant one (unless I'm missing something...) for tips on deviating from "normal" usage. It seems to me from the little bit that I've lurked that Apple has managed to hit the niche of people who don't really want to delve too deeply into the details of how their server works, but rather want a server that just works. That's not intended to be derogatory at all: I see my car or my TV or my air conditioner the same way, even though once upon a time I've dismantled and done useful work on all three classes of device in the past.
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Bill Cole                                  bill@scconsult.com

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