Outgoing mail

mikea mikea at MIKEA.ATH.CX
Mon Apr 21 20:24:32 IST 2003

On Mon, Apr 21, 2003 at 02:36:30PM -0500, Marco Obaid wrote:
> Good day everyone,
> My mail server has been crawling lately due to increased mail usage and lots
> of presistent spammers. So I hope someone could provide some advice. It seems
> that virus-scanning and spam-checking are eating up lots of resources.
> I was thinking of creating another machine for processing only *outgoing* mail
> and keep my existing machine (with thousands of users) to process only
> *incoming* mail. I am hoping to reduce the load on the existing machine.
> I am not sure though where to start ... specifically, how to make a piece of
> mail go to the outgoing-mail server when a user sends a message.
> Does anyone know or have a document on doing such a setup?
> Am I on the right track for even going this route?
> I am using Sendmail on RH 7.3 w/MailScanner-Latest and SA-Latest
> Thank you for any advice/hint you could provide
> Marco

Hi, Marco.

This is a fairly common technique which lets ISPs tailor mail-handler
systems for their intended function. I think that if you're using
sendmail on your main mailserver, you could just tell it to use your
outbound mailsystem as a smarthost.

I Could Be Wrong. If I am, I'm sure someone else will have the
right answer.

Mike Andrews
mikea at mikea.ath.cx
Tired old sysadmin since 1964

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