I'm currently setting up a number of new Xserve boxes running Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard. One of these machines will be replacing our current (ageing) Linux mail server.
The Linux box is running an (older) version of Dovecot, and of course under the hood OS X Server is also running Dovecot. However the Linux version has been poked and prodded to use mbox format and OS X of course wants to use maildir format. That isn't really a problem, I hopeful that mb2md.pl will handle this for me...
...however I'm running this box with the users authenticated via Open Directory and have moved the MailStore onto a RAID'ed partition from it's default location. Users won't have a home directory on this machine, and I'm hesitant about providing access to a networked home directory, as I'd rather this box stayed up if the file server goes down and people can still get their mail.
However from reading the Dovecot documentation it's looking like I have to provide some sort of "home directory" for my mail servers (if nothing else for somewhere to put .forward files).
Is there an accepted way of going about this? I've found very little documentation about how OS X manages Dovecot via the Server Admin tool, and I'd really prefer to keep things configured via the GUIs. Dealing with Macs on the command line is entirely doable, but not really optimal.