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Re: Mail architecture for up 30.000 accounts

On Fri, 30 May 2003 19:34, Bart Matthaei wrote:
> >  For software, I would use this:
> >
> >   SMTP: Postfix
> Postfix works fine. Sendmail or qmail would do the trick as well. Depends
> on your personal preference.

If you want to run a machine for years on end without needing an urgent 
security-related upgrade then Sendmail will not do the job.

You can install Postfix or Qmail and expect that you can leave them run for a 
few years without incident.

> >   IMAP: Courier
> >   POP3: Courier
> Agreed.

Yes, Courier is good.

> >   Authtentication and user preferences: MySQL
> You should check if both your MTA, IMAP/POP3, and delivery agent (procmail
> for instance) will support MySQL authentication.

I suggest LDAP.

> >   Webmail: IMP
> Don't use IMP for a large userbase. IMP is slow and bloated. The interface
> is really slick, but it's a real CPU/MEM hog.

CPU and RAM are getting cheap now.  I was recently involved in moving a large 
ISP from Netscape to open source software.  It had well over 1M accounts, 
over 500,000 accounts that were in active use, and something over 50,000 
accounts in active use for webmail.

When I finished working for them there were two IMP machines in the webmail 
cluster and a third was added later.  One machine could handle the load on 
it's own if necessary (although at peak times one machine would be a 
bottleneck).  The machines had 4G of RAM (excessive - 2G would have been 
plenty) and 2 * 1.8GHz P4 Xeon CPUs with Hyper-threading.

Linux 2.4.x doesn't schedule things on hyper-threaded SMP machines as well as 
you may desire, so single-CPU machines are probably better value for money.  
I suggest having machines with a single Athlon or Xeon CPU that's as fast as 
possible for IMP servers.  For 30,000 users then two machines that each have 
a fast Athlon or Xeon CPU and 1G of RAM should do fine.

I'm not strictly advocating IMP here.  But I found it to work fine when I had 
to run it.

One problem with IMP is that you'll want the latest version which needs lots 
of things that aren't in woody.  I ended up making my IMP servers run 
unstable for this.  Also you need PHP 4.3 (or a patched PHP 4.2.3) for 
supporting quotas on the number of messages as well as the size of a user's 
mail box.

Also don't run your webmail and your mail server on the same machine.

> >   Anti-virus: F-Prot
> I'm not into Anti-Virus, so I can't help you there.


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