PowerMTA is a very powerful MTA software I use on all my bulk email servers. If you want to have full control of what is going on with your sending you should consider switching to PowerMTA.
Of course, there is no need to switch if you are a small sender, but if you have problems with deliverability and your emails often bounces due to reached limits PowerMTA is just what you need. Even tho it’s considered the best MTA software PowerMTA is really easy to configure if you have at least basic understanding of IT. It’s not as easy as setting up an email account in Outlook or Thunderbird, but you will get used to it really quick. If you have a chance to use my PowerMTA config there really isn’t much to do (my PowerMTA config is available as an extra to my DIY guide). Just copy/paste your sources and location of DKIM keys in it and you should be fine.
You need PowerMTA installed on your server before you’ll have that so we must take care of installation first.
Make sure your server meets all required technical specifications required before you proceed with PowerMTA installation
- Microsoft Windows (2008/2012 or any other server class Windows OS; 32-bit and 64-bit)
- RedHat Fedora Core 1 or later (32-bit)
- RedHat Enterprise 4.4 or later (64-bit)
- Other RPM and Debian-based distributions supported
- Minimum 1 Gb RAM (more recommended)
- 10 Gb HDD (more recommended)
- First, upload pmta zip/tgz file to your server. I suggest /tmp or /root folder
- Unzip or untar it
unzip pmta.zip tar zxvf pmta.tgz
- Go to pmta folder
- And install it with this command
rpm -ivh PowerMTA-4.5r1.rpm
If you are on Debian use this command
apt-get install alien alien -i PowerMTA-4.5r1.rpm --scripts
It’s also good to install gdb before you start with PowerMTA installation. You can do this with
yum -y install gdb
Copy your licence file to /etc/pmta/ and you are done.
Just copy paste this to your command line. Make sure you are in directory where you extracted PMTA!
cp usr/sbin/pmta /usr/sbin/pmta cp usr/sbin/pmtad /usr/sbin/pmtad cp license.dat /etc/pmta/license
Don't have it? Look around my site, I am sure you'll find many things that will help you with your email server setup.
Some create a shit load of folders, but they really aren't necessary. PowerMTA can create them on its own, but just to be sure you could create this
mkdir /etc/pmta/dkim mkdir /etc/pmta/files mkdir /etc/pmta/log
If you are serious about email marketing I suggest you look at my DIY guide or order your Perfect bulk email server if you don’t have enough technical skills or are just too lazy to do it on your own.