Some questions while I plan my redeployment/reinstall

Chris W. Parker cparker at SWATGEAR.COM
Thu Sep 8 20:04:06 IST 2005

Hello all!

It's been a long time since I've posted to the list. I hope everyone is

I'm planning to do a complete reinstall using the latest software that
make up a good MailScanner box. My Linux distro will be FC4 and my MTA
will be sendmail.

I'll still be using the same hardware as I am currently, but that's
probably not so bad as the server load seems to be quite low in it's
current form. I just hope that all the new software doesn't become too
much for the machine.

I'm making my own document right now (which may or may not be worth
distributing once I'm finished with it) and I've got a few questions for
the list.

I understand that some of the following questions can only really be
answered by knowing what kind of traffic I get. According to
MailScanner-MRTG the Average (Count of Recipients) for Number of
Messages Processed in the past year is 598 and in the past year the
average number of Bytes of Mail Transferred is 8MB. Traffic has been
consistantly going down over the past year. But that's not to say that
the traffic 1 year ago was much higher than it is now.

I don't know the specs on this computer(!) but top says I have about
255MB of RAM.

So... on with the questions.

1. Is MCP worth the trouble of patching SpamAssassin (I've only briefly
read over the steps that are listed in the Wiki but it seemed rather

2. Currently I use MailScanner-MRTG to get an idea of what's happening
with my box. Is MailWatch a complete replacement for MSMRTG or should I
install both? And what about Vispan, how does that compare?

3. With regards to performance, right now I'm not doing any AV scanning
so I don't know what kind of load it will put on my box. I plan to use
only ClamAV and BitDefender and MAYBE one from Symantec if they have a
command line option available for Linux in their Enterprise Suite). What
kind of load should I expect from these with the amount of traffic I

4. How about Pyzor/Razor/DCC? (I don't really know what they do yet as
I've still got a lot of reading to do. :) ) Will these greatly increase
the load?

I think that's it for now!

Thanks everyone!

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