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Sunday, 05 July 2015 12:32

BSD Professional Lab Exam Beta Debuts at BSDCan 2014

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After several years of development, the Beta version of the BSD Professional (BSDP) Lab exam will debut at BSDCan 2014, in Ottawa, Ontario, CA on May 18 (Sunday), from 10am – 2pm.  If you have not yet made your BSDCan 2014 travel plans, now is a good time to take a look at the BSD Professional Certification details and consider whether you want to participate.  Additional information on the exam can be found on the BSD Certification Group website (

The BSDP Lab exam is geared toward the seasoned BSD administrator with at least three years experience.  The exam tests hands-on skills across a variety of topics, described in the BSDP Exam Objectives document.

The Aqemu virtual machine manager is used to provide access to any of the four BSD versions on the exam – DragonFly BSD 3.6.1, FreeBSD 9.2, NetBSD 6.1.2, and OpenBSD 5.4.   A 1/2 hour introduction to the workstation (HP 8540p with US ASCII keyboard), Aqemu, and using virtual machines will precede the exam.

Have a look at the requirements and register at the BSDCG registration site if you want to take the Beta exam.

Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:00

About freebsdrocks

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FreeBSD is a secure, high performance operating system that is suitable for a variety of server roles. It can serve as a DNS Server (bind), Mail Services with custom spam filtering (Qmail/Spamd,Clamav) and also a web server (Apache).  These guides can help you install FreeBSD, install secure mail services  and also help you maintain it.


This site originally started as a very small page with support for qmail. The site was (which no longer works). After using the qmailrocks style install for a few years I decided to create a Freebsd based qmail installation with custom spam filtering. The thing I did not like about using qmailrocks is that updating sources was not very easy. It was much easier to maintain ports via portupdate or portmaster. Once I had tested the new qmail installation myself over 50 times or so I posted the walkthrough and things took off. Eventually there were some changes along the way; procmail was replaced with maildrop as procmail used physical RAM to filter out the spams. Maildrop used temporary files as opposed to RAM which is less overhead. Spam filtering was also improved by adding additional rules to qmail and spamd.

As of 10/8/2015 my new qmail 2.0 guide is now completely enhanced to offer your users secure pop3, secure smtp and secure webmail using roundcube. Additional features in the guide include the following:

An updated qmailctl file which controls all services; qmail-send, qmail-smtpd, qmail-smtpd-ssl, spamd, clamav, and dovecot
Custom junk/not junk mail reporting using Roundcube
Converting your Apache SSL Certifcates to qmail for pop3ssl/smtpssl support
Optimizing the system to catch spams
Troubleshooting page

The only service that has been removed is the qmail-pop3d service which runs on port 110.

The qmail 2.0 walkthrough is supported on FreeBSD 9.x and 10.x. Currently there is no support for 8.1

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can contact me at wolsonATgmailDOTcom.


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