In 2007 after became succesful I started this dedicated site for my documentation set and tips & tricks on how to install a fully functioning mail and webserver on your Mac. By this time I had 3 Mac mini’s, one in a datacenter at and two at home with different versions of Mac OSX for development and support. When the move from PPC to intel happened I bought another Mac mini and sold the oldest.

The information the site represented what I have done myself on my own mini’s. The documentation is the result of a lot of Googling and late night experiments. I was no expert on any off the stuff you find here but I’ve noticed I learned a lot about managing and configuring a mailserver.

We do learn some of the stuff by doing it all ourself and by helping out others in solving the problems they encounter with installing the software. We try to write down why some choices where made and why and try to explain possible alternatives. We don’t want you to expect that we have all the answers, but we try to find a workable solution for people who run into problems.

By the way we all do this next to our regular day job, it is a hobby. If you like what you found and it was really useful to you we would appreciate it if you would donate a small amount to cover the expenses for hosting the site.

In 2013 I stopped using a mini in a datacenter to host everything as VPS hosting was getting so cheap and ubiqutous that for the same cost as hosting the Mac mini I could rent 10+ VPS servers. This however meant that I had to move away from Mac OSX as an operation system and went for Ubuntu. Next to that I got a new job that came with bigger responsibilies and workload and didn’t want to keep spending every evening getting the latest version to work or solving problems.

Currently investigating the possiblities of leaving the need for tweaking my own setup and use the excellent work of others on Mail-in-a-box

I’ve started the blog at in 2005 to document my experiences as a switcher from a combination of Windows and Linux to Mac OS X. I had bought one of the first Mac mini’s when OSX was released which promised the usability of Windows and the robustness of a Unix core.

Fortunatly the switching was quite easy and painless when it concerned applications on the desktop. OS X was far more intuitive then any other OS I’ve ever encountered. The only difficulty was to discover the easier way to do things.

Therefore the purpose of the blog somewhat changed because I had more problems getting the server side of things to work as they where not that obvious as the desktop apps. I wanted the Mac mini to replace the old Sun Ultra 5 sparcstations I had running as my internet infrastructure at home. I hosted my own web and mailserver of a couple of old Sun Sparcstations that I got from work.

Documentation was available on the internet but mostly for Linux or FreeBSD installs, the docs for OS X mostly concerned older versions of the OS or the applications in question. I was spending a lot of time googling, posting questions on forums and mailinglists to find the specific info needed to get everything I want in working order. I documented my progress and the steps I took as I learned the hard way when one of the Suns failed earlier and I could not rebuild it quickly because I forgot how to do this and didn’t remember all the settings. Later came the idea of sharing the information in the blog and it transformed into a manual of some sorts which others can use to install the software themselves.

I’m not pretending to be an expert on any off the stuff you find here. I’m just writing down my findings and the settings that made it work for me. I do learn a lot by trying on my own systems and helping out others with the problems they encounter with installing the software. I don’t have all the answers but the ones I do find I try to write down as clear and understandable as possible.

The blog became quite popular and therefore in 2007 I started a new dedicated site to this endavour: