Mailserver Configuration

This server uses 1 linked node. To adjust a linked node’s configuration you must log in to that node directly. This interface will only affect the local server’s configuration. Use the “Link Server Nodes” interface to manage this server’s linked nodes.

Dovecot is a mail server capable of handling the IMAP and POP3 protocols. This interface allows you to configure various aspects of Dovecot’s behavior.

These checkboxes select which protocols Dovecot will listen on.

Note: cPanel’s Webmail system requires IMAP in order to function.

Note: If you do not select a checkbox, the system will operate in authentication-only mode.

Note: LMTP is required and you cannot disable it.

This option allows you to enable Dovecot to listen for IPv6 Address requests.

Note: You must select a protocol in the Protocols Enabled section before selecting IPv6 Enabled.

This setting will allow remote email clients to authenticate using unencrypted connections. When set to “no”, only connections originating on the local server will be allowed to authenticate without encryption. Selecting “no” is preferable to disabling IMAP in the Protocols Enabled section since it will force remote users to use encryption while still allowing webmail to function correctly.

This is a standard format list of the SSL ciphers Dovecot should use. Typically this will only need to be adjusted for PCI compliance."

This value represents the minimum SSL protocol that Dovecot clients may use to connect. Typically, you will only need to adjust this value for PCI compliance.

Specifies the maximum number of mail (IMAP and POP3 servers) processes that may be running at one time.

The maximum memory usage of the IMAP and POP3 processes, in MB. These processes read mostly memory-mapped files, so setting a high limit should not affect your server’s performance.

Specifies the number of simultaneous IMAP connections that a single user (IP address) may make from each IP address.

Specifies the number of minutes between IMAP IDLE “OK Still here” messages. Increasing this may help increase battery life for some mobile clients.

Specifies the number of simultaneous POP3 connections that a single user (IP address) may make from each IP address.

This specifies how many spare authentication processes should be kept running to listen for new connections.

Specifies the maximum number of authentication processes that may be running at one time.

The maximum memory usage of the IMAP and POP3 login processes, in MB.

The number of seconds to delay before moving users to the IMAP hibernate process. This will help save system memory. A value of “0” disables this option.

The master authentication process keeps a cache of validated logins so that it does not need to recheck the login credentials each time mail is retrieved. This specifies the amount of memory used for the cache, in MB.

The time, in seconds, that successful logins will be stored in the authentication cache. A lower value may cause more work for the authentication server but decrease the likelihood of problems when passwords are updated.

The time in seconds that failed logins will be stored in the authentication cache. Lowering this value may cause more work for the authentication server but decrease the likelihood of problems when passwords are updated.

Specifies whether to use a new login process for each new POP3 or IMAP connection. Setting this to yes may improve the security of the Dovecot authentication processes, but doing so imposes a significant performance penalty on heavily loaded servers.

The maximum memory usage (in MB) of Dovecot’s internal “config” service. Each SSL/TLS certificate that Dovecot tracks requires additional memory. Servers with many domains may need to increase this value to ensure that Dovecot operates correctly.

The time in seconds between updates to idle IMAP connections. Lowering this value will cause idle clients to see new messages faster, however lower values may also increase server load slightly. The default setting of 30 is recommended.

When this option is enabled, the system will count email messages in the Trash folder against the user’s quota. Note: In order to recalculate existing quotas, you must run the “/usr/local/cpanel/scripts/generate_maildirsize --allaccounts --confirm” command in a root shell after you modify this option.

When you enable this option, the system will compress recently created and delivered messages.

The compression level to save messages in when you enable “Compress Messages”.

When this option is enabled, the system will remove messages in the Trash and Deleted Messages folders based on the expiration time configured below.

The number of days to keep messages before the Auto Expunge Trash function removes them. This function only works if the Auto Expunge Trash function is enabled.

The maximum size to which a MDBOX mailbox file may grow before the system rotates it.

The maximum time that an MDBOX mailbox file may exist before the system rotates it.

[ ? ] This option reduces mail overhead.

[ ? ] This option allows the user time to reduce disk usage and to receive the message.

The minimum number of processes that the system will attempt to reserve in order to accept more client connections. A setting of 0 will only start the LMTP server when needed and will conserve memory.

The maximum number of LMTP server processes.

The maximum number of concurrent LMTP deliveries per user. A value of “0” disables the per-user limit.


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