Hey There, I'm new to this forum and trying to get into Mailing. I'm working with one of my friends on doing this, the plan is for me to manage the servers. I have lots of experience configuring and managing exchange servers, and a bit of experience with IIS based web servers, so I'm not extremely noobish to mailservers. But I would still like a bit of guidance. I already have an account with a reputable marketing company and a good source for emails, so I'm pretty much looking at the hardware aspect of things now. I've been lurking this forum for the past two weeks, as well as some other forums trying to get a good idea on how to start. It seems like Interspire is the way to go when you're just starting to mail. I imagine starting up I'll be sending a few thousand a day until my IP's get warmed up. Does that seem accurate? The environment I'm thinking of setting up is going to be a VPS running CentOS and either Cpanel or PLESK (possibly Zpanel) as the management tool. Separately I would be running the mailserver on a weaker VPS with a separate IP. I don't have a lot of experience setting up Linux servers, and the test VMs I've set up so far have had some strange PHP problems I can't figure out. So any guidance on getting an initial test server up would be fantastic. Looking at the self-test I have most of my bases covered: Is my data scrubbed with a professional, reputable third party? (not facebook you fools) --My data is coming prescrubbed from a reputable source. Is my data littered with dead accounts, hard bounces, etc? --This remains to be seen, will update once I actually start mailing. Do I know where my data comes from? (demographics) --Yes, data includes demographics. Does my data include recipient opt in information (opt in timedate stamp and IP) to provide in case of complaints? --Yes, I plan to include this. IPs: Are my IPs clean from the start? (did you check a blacklist site to confirm?) --Will update once I start getting servers/ips. Are feedback loops set up on my IPs/domains wherever possible? --No, not yet at least. Is this important? Is RDNS properly submitted to IP Provider? --Not yet. Is your IP provider mail friendly and are they aware of your intended use? Do you have a dialog with them or do you act shady and covert? --My intended provider is mail friendly. I will update once I begin purchasing IPs. Does a single DNS zone file link all your IPs? --I'm unsure as to whether or not I should be linking them. If one goes down as spam, won't that mean the others will be marked as spam? I could use some clarification on this. Is your Credit Card on file with the IP provider? If so, for your protection, cancel the card immediately and offer payment via paypal, especially if the IP provider has terms stating they charge for complaints. --Nope. Did you ask for a /27 or more to start? Don't ask for 60 IPs to start, no matter how bulletproof your justification.. --Nope. Don't intend to. Mail Server: Does my mail system clean my list by removing hard bounces, removal requests, feedback loops, etc automatically. --Yes Is my mail servers main IP part of the same network as my mailing IPs? (If your ISP shuts off your IPs due to complaints, down goes your mailserver too, say bye bye to your cleaned data) --No Can I extract clickers and openers from my mail system? (If you don't know why, quit now..) --Yes Can I use DKIM SPF and other methods to legitimize, justify the authenticy of my mail? Is this automated or do I have to set up DNS myself. --I believe I should be able to use SPF rand DKIM records to help legitimize, and set it up manually. But I could use some clarification on this point. Can I control HOW SLOW I can send? Warming up IPs in the beginning is key. --Yes, this is one of the most important parts to me. Will I have to generate thousands and thousands of dollars a month just to pay for the resources to keep this mailing mechanism online and how does this factor into my warm up process? --It does not look like I'll need to be generating thousands a month to keep it running. But the plan is to generate money! Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm mostly concerned with getting my initial test VM up so I can get an idea of the host environment. So if anyone with CentOS experience can lay in some insight I would be very grateful!