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Old 03-26-2003, 07:17 PM   #1
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alternatives to exchange?


Im looking for some alternatives to exchange (and win NT/2k server)

right now we have a simple set up going... exchange 5.5 with outlook clients. The only things our users need to do is send/recieve email, use shared address books, create distribution lists, have some sort of "out of office" response automation, webmail, mail forwarding, and a few other minor things. We still want to use outlook as our mail client.

so, Ive been looking around at things like sendmail, but the only thing I can find that is similar to exchange is bynari, but even that costs money. is there any open source mail prog out there that can be tweaked to having the same feature set as exchange?

regarding bynari... i am assuming that if i wanted to use exchange 2000, i would need to purchase CALs for both windows 2k and exchange in addition to the cost of the servers themselves. that would put it somewhere in the range of $6k total for the software and sufficient CALs. With bynari, i can buy the software and enough CALs for a third of that. BUT, if i could find something that costs nothing, even better!

anyone have any ideas? thanks
 
Old 03-26-2003, 07:25 PM   #2
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check out suse - they have an alternative
 
Old 03-26-2003, 07:42 PM   #3
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you mean postfix?
 
Old 03-27-2003, 12:17 AM   #4
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http://www.suse.com/openexchange
 
Old 03-27-2003, 01:14 AM   #5
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<from the openexchange pricing page>
Base license with ten groupware clients and an unlimited number of external e-mail clients (POP3/IMAP).
The use of a web mail client requires a groupware user license.

US $ 1,249.00
</end/

geez, u can get all of these for free. look for POstfix-Cyrus-webmail in google. it is not that easy to setup and administer but it's worth it.

if u'd prefer an MS exchange look like interms of the licensing and pricing, yeah - get suse openxchange.
 
Old 03-27-2003, 06:59 AM   #6
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I think Ximian offers a solution also. Not sure completely sure though.
 
Old 03-27-2003, 01:17 PM   #7
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My POP, SMTP, & web mail solution.

My solution (short term because eventually your trial license runs out)
is a program called Kerio MailServer 5.5.1.
http://www.kerio.com/kms_download.html
This program is EASY for the beginner. If you run RedHat Linux 8 and KDE (my system) there are 2 RPM's to download. The Server, and the Admin Console.
1st. Turn off all other mail services. (i.e. sendmail)
2nd. Download and install the 2 RPM's from the link above.
3rda. Open your terminal and run "cfgwizard". This is found in:
/opt/kerio/mailserver
so you have to: cd /opt/kerio/mailserver
then, ./cfgwizard
3rdb. Open your terminal and run "kerioadmin" (i.e. [root@yourserver root]# kerioadmin
4th. Use this tool to configure the kerio server.

1 thing to point out. In my installation, web mail was assigned to port 80. Well... I have a web server running on port 80, so in kerio I had to change the web mail port to run on 85.
Kerio is installed in /opt/
The Documentation is found in /opt/kerio/mailserver/doc
Read the REDHAT-README file!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck.

Last edited by chrisknight; 03-27-2003 at 01:29 PM.
 
Old 03-27-2003, 03:15 PM   #8
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thanks guys, im going to try out the eval of openexchange. how long does the trial period last?

im also going to attempt the postfix-cyrus-webmail thing as well. i havent heard anything about kerio, ill look into it.
 
  


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