[nSLUG] How to throughly test an MX server before making it live

Ian Campbell ian at slu.ms
Tue Nov 13 17:37:16 AST 2007

On Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 05:23:05PM -0400, D G Teed wrote:
> Hi,
> I am setting up a new MX server with the common trio of postfix,
> amavisd with SA and clamav.  It isn't hard to test mail delivery
> from local sendmail commands or from remote telnet to port 25,
> but what I really want to test is how is the thing going to score
> and tag spam compared to a production MX with slightly older
> SA and amavis and perl modules.
> I'd like to have a way to run a script from off site which sends
> a bunch of messages through via a specified MX.  Much like
> the test-messages work area of amavisd-new but with an
> ability to control the MX.
> Has anyone heard of such a QA method or script/tool?

Quick suggestion is to run a local nameserver on the remote machine
with only the MX you want for the target domain, then just send emails
however you want.

I don't really see what this gives you that remote telnet/local
sendmail doesn't though.
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