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    I used to try to maintain a page on mail testing tools but I really no longer have the time.

    Here are the contents, may be some of this information can make it to your site:

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    E-mail Benchmarking and Testing Tools
    (in alphabetical order)
    These are UNIX / Linux tools and not webpages

    Dumbster
    new SMTP sink tool:
    http://quintanasoft.com/dumbster/

    Mstone
    Complete mail benchmarking system, used by sendmail Inc,

    SMTP source: yes
    SMTP sink: *unknown*
    POP3 sink: yes
    IMAP client: yes
    Generates Reports: yes, HTML format with graphs
    IPv6: *unknown*
    version reviewed:
    License: Mozilla …
    Home Page: http://mstone.sourceforge.net/

    Pros and Cons and Other Notes:

    Example Run:

    Postal
    A clever and easy to use testing tool, written Russell Coker and included in many Linux distros. It was designed to be run from a high end laptop so it creates the message body from random characters and uses no disk I/O.

    SMTP source: yes (postal)
    SMTP sink: yes (BHM)
    POP3 sink: yes (rabid)
    IMAP client: no
    Generates Reports: no; just gives status every minute, no totals
    IPv6:
    version reviewed: 0.70 released on 05/26/2008
    License: GPL v3
    Home Page: http://doc.coker.com.au/projects/postal/

    Pros and Cons and Other Notes:
    – Does not generate e-mail with MIME attachments, so no AV load
    + no I/O load sending since e-mail body random char
    + BHM (smtp-sink) configurable to defer, reject, bounce, or grey-list
    + postal and rabid work so that message body is checksummed and verified
    + shows realtime stats
    – does not produce totals (gives running total) or test report

    Examples:

    Postal (smtp source):
    example of “tame” run: 1 thread, 10 K msg size max, 9 message/connection
    postal -t 1 -m 10 -c 9 -f sender-addresses.txt mta.net rcpt-addresses.txt

    A slightly harder run: 10 thread, 10 K msg size max, 9 message/connection
    postal postal -t 10 -m 10 -c 9 -f sender-addresses.txt mta.net rcpt-addresses.txt
    time,messages,data(K),errors,connections,SSL connections
    10:32,601,3276,0,124,0
    10:33,653,3555,0,126,0

    BHM:
    Here is BHM (smtp sink) that is idle accept for two SMTP monitor connections in the last second shown.
    [[email protected] postal]# ./bhm -t 100 vmware1-addresses.txt
    time,messages,data(K),errors,connections
    13:14,0,0,0,0
    13:15,0,0,0,0
    13:16,0,0,0,0
    13:17,0,0,0,2

    Rabid:
    rabid -u postfix1.lars.ctqa.net postfix1.lars-addresses.txt
    time,messages,data(K),errors,connections,SSL connections,IMAP connections
    16:52,0,371,0,2506,0,0
    16:53,0,373,0,2512,0,0

    When the postal tool creates a message body, it will add the md5sum of that body as the last line. The rabid tool will read in the message body and verify the checksum. Here is an example of md5sum error reported by rabid:
    MD5 mis-match, calculated:aee8d02d99b27fd3626f287315889a85, expected
    60d2a8fc3ebe586bce52e4db37cd37e0!

    Postfix smtp-source/smtp-sink
    Testing tools from Postfix MTA project

    SMTP source: yes
    SMTP sink: yes
    POP3 sink: no
    IMAP client: no
    Generates Reports: *unknown*
    IPv6:
    version reviewed:
    License: (open source)
    Home Page: http://www.postfix.org/

    Pros and Cons and Other Notes:
    * smtp-source functions like postal and sends lots of e-mail
    * smtp-sink is a server that accepts SMTP connections but accepts and discards all e-mail
    – only a part of Postfix project and only secondary to postfix system

    ( Removed SMTP-Benchmark since webpage/host is down )
    ( http://www.etc.msys.ch/software/smtp-benchmark/ )

    SPECmail (2009)
    SMTP/POP3 software test suite

    SMTP source: yes
    SMTP sink: *unknown*
    POP3 sink: no?
    IMAP client: yes
    Generates Reports: yes
    IPv6: *unknown*
    version reviewed: NONE, no plans to purchase
    License: psuedo-commercial product ($1800.00 as of 2007)
    Home Page: http://www.spec.org/mail2009/

    Pros and Cons and Other Notes:

    Example Run: Not Available, no plans to purchase

    Performance Testing Services
    Mail Channels
    Here is a serious load testing service (just uses automation and Amazons EC2)
    http://blog.mailchannels.com/2008/06/ma … -tool.html

    Other Honorable mentions
    Network Playback Tools

    Spirent Avalanche
    http://www.spirent.com/analysis/technol … ype=15&a=1

    Agilent NetworkTester
    http://advanced.comms.agilent.com/networktester/

    Radview WebLOAD Professional
    http://www.radview.com/product/Authorin … nment.aspx

    SMTP MX Surveys and Survey Tools

    Michael Stills MX survey
    http://www.stillhq.com/research/ (latest info)
    another page: http://smtpsurvey.stillhq.com/
    (also has links to other surveys)
    Tools used: http://www.stillhq.com/research/remoteworker-v70.html

    Mail Channels PingedIn

    http://mailchannels.com/blog/?p=24

    SMTPscan from BSD ports
    http://www.freshports.org/security/smtpscan/

    Mail Testing Services
    *TODO* fill this out more

    MX Toolbox
    http://www.mxtoolbox.com/SuperTool.aspx

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    http://mailtestingtools.blogspot.com/

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