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Old 5th June 2012, 16:06
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Default 2 essential add-ons for ISPConfig3

After the installation of an OS, for example Debian, following one of the excellent "perfect servers" how-tos and then installing ISPConfig3, there are a few more things I consider to be essential:

- install Mod_Security.
This can be skipped if you use only software that is guaranteed to be secure.
Mod_security needs some work for fine-tuning, but if you run a hosting environment for clients or if you use opensource software, Mod_Security might save you more than just a couple bucks...

- install the PEAR mail package
Most if not almost all software packages involving mailing to users make use of the PHP mail()/sendmail function.
The problem with this is that regardless of all your efforts using SPF and setting PTRs, your mail will be stopped by spamfilters of all major email providers because it was not sent using SMTP auth.
PEAR provides a simple way for sending mail using SMTP auth, so you increase your website's reach.
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Old 6th July 2012, 12:26
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I add another essential tweak:

enable port 465 to enable mail sending even when ISPs block port 25:
http://www.faqforge.com/linux/how-to...ix-mailserver/

just use reload instead of restart
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Old 6th July 2012, 21:14
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Test port 587 which is the mail submission port. That would be better than 465.
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my experience is that the email ports are configured in many different ways depending on the provider.

For example, at google:

587 is the Outgoing server (SMTP) port for IMAP. It uses a TLS
encryption connection.

465 is the Outgoing server (SMTP) port for pop. It uses an SSL
encryption connection.
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Old 21st July 2012, 21:44
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another (potentially) essential config tweak:

if you are running high-traffic sites, and especially if they sit on a cloud Vserver that usually have limited storage and limited I/O bandwidth, you want to disable the Apache Access log:

http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52180

just use google analytics or another stats provider for stats. they are better anyway - and won't clog your server with 30+ Gigs of logs, hello backup storage!

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smtp and imap are not related.

smtp is to send email between servers.

imap is a way to access stored email on a server by some client.

And port 587 is still the email submission port
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another (potentially) essential config tweak:

if you are running high-traffic sites, and especially if they sit on a cloud Vserver that usually have limited storage and limited I/O bandwidth, you want to disable the Apache Access log:

http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52180

just use google analytics or another stats provider for stats. they are better anyway - and won't clog your server with 30+ Gigs of logs, hello backup storage!
Just an addendum - I just discovered the logs are written twice!

under /etc/apache2/conf.d is the file other-vhost-access-log that writes a "vhosts combined" log. don't forget to deactivate that one as well.
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