Add Import/Export to SPAM rules
Idea shared by Neal Culiner - February 17, 2015 at 12:46 PM
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Hello,
 
Please add the ability to import/export spam rules.  If I need to align primary and backup servers, or if I want to import someone else's rule set, it would be nice to do this via an import/export capability.
 
Thanks

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Yes please!
Can we just copy/paste the spam options from/to mailconfig.xml?
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Copy and paste is how I do it now... Just ensure the service is stopped when you edit the xml.
 
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I've been thinking of this. Why not have the two (or more) servers establish a TRUST? One would be the MASTER and the others would pull the information on a predefined (administrator defined) schedule (e.g. 13 minutes, 30 minutes, 1440 minutes (1 day))? This to me seems to be the most logical. We are talking about adding workload to people that are typically already overloaded on a daily basis. 
 
With that said, there should also be the manual method requested as well for those that want that for backup purposes, etc.
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The Anti-Spam Settings (once configured) change so infrequently that I personally don't mind having to add/modify a new RBL/URIBL on three different servers once in a blue-moon. Same goes for the Whitelist, Greylist and SMTP Bypass (and Trusted Senders too). It would be a nice convenience, but not overly critical in day-to-day operations, but for initial setup I can certainly see the appeal of such a feature.
 
However, our Blacklist and SMTP Blocking changes every day, and updating these on three servers is beyond tedious. It would be a *HUGE* Quality of Life improvement to be able to enter this once and have all Gateways receive those changes. Although if Smartertools were to allow that to be Synchronized or to be Exported/Imported, then I can't imagine it would be much more of an effort to do the all the Security Settings.
 
I imagine this would have to be a toggle setting though as some installations purposely have their Secondary or Tertiary Gateways intentionally set to far stricter Spam Settings as Spammers will skip the Primary MX Record and go directly to the backups hoping to circumvent Spam Filters.
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If we are going to get into master/slave sync's then also sync the content filtering rules.
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Would think that it would be better for import / export.   Why ??? So we could just import Bruce Barnes's AntiSpam Settings
 
SmarterMail Antispam Settings Document Updated
 
or other settings....
 
Think this would be a most EXCELLENT idea..
 
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Thanks for bringing this up again, Neil!
 
This has been proposed at least once previously and many, myself included, thought it would be a good idea.
Bruce Barnes
ChicagoNetTech Inc
brucecnt@comcast.net

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Phone: (224) 444-0169

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One item I just thought of security related is I can see all of us sharing Bruce's knowledge and using his spam settings by importing them. This will update/add new items into our services. There should be a CRC/verification type system that the settings are "as expected".
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Once I update the spam settings for April, I will make a text file of the settings available to anyone who wants to import them.
 
I have a good idea of how to do this, but maybe Steve Reid can share his import expertise and write up a good "how to" document to go with the settings file I provide.
 
Once the settings are imported, they can always be tweaked to the individual likings of the SmarterMail server operator.
Bruce Barnes
ChicagoNetTech Inc
brucecnt@comcast.net

Phonr: (773) 491-9019
Phone: (224) 444-0169

E-Mail and DNS Security Specialist
Network Security Specialist

Customer Service Portal: https://portal.chicagonettech.com
Website: https://www.ChicagoNetTech.com
Security Blog: http://networkbastion.blogspot.com/

Web and E-Mail Hosting, E-Mail Security and Consulting
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I have copied and pasted from my main servers mailConfig.xml to my backup MX successfully many times.
 
It does work, so as long as we have one xml all setup then copying over should be doable. I do use a compare program to ensure I make the changes properly though.
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Andrea Rogers Replied
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Hi everyone,
 
The ability to import and export spam configuration across SmarterMail servers is available in SmarterMail 15.x, which is currently in BETA! Here are steps on how to Copy Spam Settings from One SmarterMail Server to Another
 
Since SmarterMail 15.x is currently in BETA, features and functionality for this version are being monitored in a separate category. For feedback on this feature - questions, requests or concerns, please be sure to create a new thread in the SmarterMail 15.x BETA category, which will be available for the duration of the BETA.
 
Thank you!
Andrea Rogers 
Communications Specialist 
SmarterTools Inc. 
(877) 357-6278 
www.smartertools.com

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