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Old 09-29-2005, 11:32 AM   #1
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EMail & ADS


I am a total noob when it comes to linux, but I am a wiz at m$ admin and some web based programming. I have read what I was able to find on linux email servers. I am looking for a linux solution that can provide features similar to those of exchange. I would like to have shared addressbooks and calendars (based upon the city as a whole and as departments) We will be a windows network as that is easier for the people who will be working there to use. On the back end i want a linux (probaly red hat 9) email solution as that is no where near the cost of exchange server. I would also like if possible to do this with out the need of licensing componets. if that means i need to "build" my own setup using openldap, sendmail and soem other stuff that is fine if I can find a full tutorial on how to set up and configure the mail server.

So far i understand what i have read and would like some clarification on how the mailbox stores and parts associated with that are set up. is that an automatic thing or do i have to do that by hand? aslo once fully set up, i want the users to be able to use any mail clinet (probaly outlook and some web based clients) to send and retreive email. then after all that is done, i would like ti so that future chagnes to users in active directory wil be placed in the linux mail server. (if i add/delete a user it add/deletes a mail box)

I know this is a lot to ask on my first post, but this looks to be a great place to learn linux. Thanks in advance
 
Old 09-30-2005, 04:18 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

Yeah, you are really ambitious about your quest. There are solutions for your requirements. But don't expect them to act 100% like a Microsoft products. Since Microsofts development model and most of the technologies they use are not so open ans not really adhering to standards (even the LDAP they use for AD is not pure LDAP) this is quite natural. This is simply how it just works.

Anyway check this thread also. It includes some links.

For exchange server like functionality, I heard there's a product from Novell - Open Exchange Server There's another product called Open Xchange. Both seems to be commercial. Open Xchange has a free (open source) version, but I didn't check about Novell.

Check these also. OpenGroupware and eGroupware. Both are open source.

These are not the exact things you asked for. But those will help you as a starting point. If you can play a little around with Linux, you'll have fair solutions. Whenever you have problems, LQ is here to help.

Good luck.

Note: I wonder, if you are planning to go ahead with your plan it might be better start threads in "Linux - Enterprise" forum when you come across problems.

Last edited by SkyEye; 09-30-2005 at 06:49 AM.
 
Old 09-30-2005, 06:43 AM   #3
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thank you. that provides alot more information than i was able to find.
 
Old 09-30-2005, 06:50 AM   #4
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You are most welcome in LQ.

See you around.
 
  


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