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Old 10-31-2003, 12:54 PM   #1
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Best Web Server/Mail Server Solution

Hi all,

I'm looking for your opinions/experiences with Linux based Web Server/Mail Server combinations wether it's a stand-alone appliance or a distro on a server.

I am half owner of a computer repair/networking business. We offer web hosting on two plans, $5 and $10 monthly. We are currently using Win2k server and Post.Office for the mail server. We are finding that it's way to much trouble to set up the web sites/mail accounts. In Win2k you have to add the DNS entry, create a folder, create a user, create a web site, ftp site, add FP extentions. Then create a mail account, setup this, setup taht, blah blah.

There has to be an easier way. I'd love to use RH 9.0 with apache/sendmail/squrrelmail/spamassasan but I am having the darnest time installing FP extentions. Linux does take some of the headache out of it (and using Webmin) because when you set up a user you automatically have email, ftp, a home directory with correct permissions, etc. Doesn't really help with apache hosting though.

There has to be an add-on that we can buy that's custom made for easier web/mail/dns server setup. Maybe web based. Our goal is to have total self registration/payment (paypal) and all we'd need to do is reigter their domain and input our DNS servers. But anything in between to help pull the steps down would be great. I'd like to keep it under $500 if possible. Above that gets a little to pricy for our bizz. I even consider greatly a linux based web server appliance or similar. Win2k is fine also but I'd like to go with Linux to support the community. I really like what Linux stands for.

I'm interested in what you, as a business admin, is currently using and how you like it. Also do you know of any product that would fit our needs? TIA


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Old 10-31-2003, 03:10 PM   #2
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The majority - if not all of what you want can be achieved by using an ldap backend. This includes qmail as an mta and courier-imap and squirrelmail as mail retreival.
Old 10-31-2003, 03:15 PM   #3
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What you're after is an 'ISP' admin suite. There are numerous generous donations into this sphere, and is probably the best place to find them.

Simply slap 'ISP' into a search box and get back a heapload of results the following of which look like good candidates for your needs :

and so on. You can also narrow the list using 'ISP billing' as your search query, as this appears important to you.

These are (I think) all free software applications, so your mileage may vary with use....



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