Following from the previous article, we now have our firewall opening the correct ports.
Now we can start adding domains and users to the MySQL 'mail' database.
We're going to be using the MySQL command line to add the domains and users.
You can, of course, use PHPMyAdmin or other MySQL GUI if you prefer. I'll leave that to you.
However, if you are using a GUI to add the details, make sure that when you add a user's password, you enter it using the MySQL 'ENCRYPT' function.
Let's log into MySQL:
mysql -u root -p
You will be prompted to enter your MySQL root password.
Once logged in, ensure you are using the 'mail' database:
Note the semi-colon (;) at the end of the command. This lets MySQL know the command is to be executed - nothing will happen if you leave it off.
To add a domain is very simple:
INSERT INTO `domains` (`domain`) VALUES ('demoslice.com');
Note the use of backslashes (`) in the first two fields and the use of single quotes (') when entering that actual value.
To add another domain uses exactly the same procedure:
INSERT INTO `domains` (`domain`) VALUES ('testslice.com');
Adding a user email and password takes the same format:
INSERT INTO `users` (`email`, `password`) VALUES ('email@example.com', ENCRYPT('secretpassword'));
Three things here:
Firstly, similar to when adding the domain details, note the distinction between backslashes (`) and single quotes (').
Secondly, you must use the MySQL 'ENCRYPT' function when adding the password.
Lastly, change the 'secretpassword' to a more secure one of your choosing!
To add another user for the same domain:
INSERT INTO `users` (`email`, `password`) VALUES ('firstname.lastname@example.org', ENCRYPT('secretpassword'));
and to add a user for the 'testslice.com' domain:
INSERT INTO `users` (`email`, `password`) VALUES ('email@example.com', ENCRYPT('secretpassword'));
That will place you back at the command prompt.
As we have made changes to database, we will need to reload postfix:
sudo postfix reload
Have a look at where the mail will be physically located:
You will see that the folder is empty.
The correct folders are only created on receipt of the first email.
So. let's do just that by sending an email from the command line:
Enter a subject and body, then enter a single period (.) to indicate the message is ended.
Now look at the /home/vmail folder"
You will see a new folder has been created named 'demoslice.com':
You will need sudo permissions to go any further and examine the contents of the demoslice.com folder.
However, for each user under demoslice.com a folder will be created. If we look back up to when I created my users, I had 'paul' and 'onion'. I sent a new email to each user and now the folder structure looks like:
/home/vmail/demoslice.com/paul ... /home/vmail/demoslice.com/onion
Sending an email to the second domain (in my case, firstname.lastname@example.org) will create a 'testslice.com' folder and so on.
Make sure you send an email to each account you create - this will ensure the file structure is created.
Adding domains and multiple users is very easy using the MySQL command prompt.
Once created, send an email to the new user and the relevant file structure will be automatically created.
Now we have done all of that we can start to use the mail server.
Note that some mail clients may present users with certificate warnings or errors if Courier is not configured to use your SSL certificate. Unfortunately we must leave resolving that issue as an exercise for the reader for now.