I use hMailServer as my Email server and Awstats as my log analyse tool.
hMailServer 4.3 – Build 248
Advanced Web Statistics (Awstats) 6.5 (build 1.857)
In hMailServer Administrator.
Settings > Logging, check the AWStats checkbox.
I mentioned about spammer want to send spams through my email server. I have to ban some IP address range.
It is very easy to config it in hMailServer administration interface.
The following image is the screen shoot after setup.
Please notice the IP range:
Ban IP 1: 188.8.131.52 – 184.108.40.206
Ban IP 2: 220.127.116.11 – 18.104.22.168
These two IP ranges are subset of the IP address of So-Net. I just banned part of their IP.
The default setting is accept all IP address with priority 10.
I added these Ban IP with priority 30. So I don’t need to change the default IP address range.
You must be noticed that a special IP address. It belongs to Defender Technologies Group, LLC. I think it is a ISP or hosting company in USA.
I installed hMailServer as my Email server last week. Let me keep a log of my installation.
Download hMailServer from the official site. The latest stable version is hMailServer 4.3 – Build 248. Download here. File size 3,568KB.
Install hMailServer by double-clik the file downloaded to launch the setup.
The package has a built-in MySQL database. Because I have a MySQL server running on my Windows 2003 server, I select to use an external database.
After installation, run the hMailServer Database Setup wizard.
And I set a password which will be needed later.
I use external MySQL, so I have tu run the appropriate script from the hMailServerAddonsService dependencies folder. It is located on the installation folder.
I set it up already. Just MX record.
Now, my email server is not Imail 8.1 any more. hMailServer is my best choice when I search the Open Source email server.
Most important thing is that it is totally free and Open Source. I said before, I will replace all my desktop software and server software by Free and Open Source software. This is one of the steps.
Let me introduce the features and functions of hMailServer.
* POP3, SMTP, IMAP
* Virtual domains
* Built-in backup
* External accounts
* Spam protection
* MX backup
* Load balancing
I use Voipstunt over 9 months. Always feel good for its service.
One issue makeing me not happy is it changed country list of free call without email the notice to user.
Ok. I check the call history. Phone calls to China are charged 0.7 cent per minute. USA is still free.
I may change to other service provider, when both USA and China are not free.
Recently, my email server got very heavy load of spams.
Just see a very short log file, lots from the IP address of SONET-TW (Sony Network Taiwan Limited).
I googled it and found it is a ISP company provide ADSL internet access service.
Because of so many load of server, I have to ban the IP address range as following:
22.214.171.124 – 126.96.36.199
The spammers try to send spams through my email server. I turn off the open relay. They still try and try.
Even the server gave the 530 back. They doesn’t give up.
If you have your own email server like me, you may need to know something about SPF record.
From the SPF website, I got the following description:
SPF fights return-path address forgery and makes it easier to identify spoofs.
Domain owners identify sending mail servers in DNS.
SMTP receivers verify the envelope sender address against this information, and can distinguish authentic messages from forgeries before any message data is transmitted.
Use DNS Stuff‘s DNS report tool, you can see if your email server has a SPF record.
To add a SPF record in Windows server.
I go to http://www.michaelbrumm.com/spfwindowsdns/
Follow the instruction to setup my DNS server in Windows 2003
I used DNS Stuff very often. It is a handy tool for network.
Such as Reverse DNS lookup, WHOIS Lookup, DNS Report, etc.
It changed UI to new look. Web 2.0 like face.
Use DNS report, I can easily recognize the setting of my DNS server of my domain. I can fix the bugs if needed.
Tyler Hall mentioned that Google has a weather feed.
I tried it. It is so good.
Let me introduce it. Xuuuuuuuu!!!!, it is a secrete.
Burnaby BC, Canada weather code
It can set language. This is Chinese version.