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Old 07-18-2013, 04:57 AM   #1
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Newbie here. Please help me setup ubuntu server as alternative to MS Exchange.

As the title says,

I have a spare computer in the study and want to set it up as an ubuntu server with some packages to make is a viable alternative to MS Exchange as obviously i cant afford a windows server and exchange setup.

Now i did some google work of course, but all tutorials and information i could find are written for people who already know what they are doing. I however... do not.

Basically i have a website that has an email server. So i dont need to setup web hosting and email server.

I just want to set up an exchange so that 5 or so devices can access 4 different email addresses, shared contacts and calendar from anywhere.

Currently 2 desktops and 2 laptops, using outlook. I would like to continue using outlook on them if i could.

I have come across the Bynari connector but do not know how to use it or what i need to have installed on the server and how to setup those same packages on the server.

Im a super linux n00b but learn new things quickly. So any help / advice is greatly appreciated.
Old 07-18-2013, 05:06 AM   #2
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I think the best advice I can give at the moment is to show your working out..
i.e. link the tutorials you found.
We can then gauge what was 'over your head' and either translate or put you on a fast track learning program.
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I ventured onto Zimbra ($$$) too pricey for me.

I had a brief look at Open-X-change but it is also pricey.

I then stumbled onto Citadel. Been areound since the dark ages of BBS and is still supported today. From what i could find this program is a boss. Had a hard time wrapping my head around setting it up and could not find any tutorials on it and the support pages are full of high level instruction assuming the reader knows the basic steps to perform before each of these big decisions.

I removed that in the hunt for something simpler.

I found a small amount of information about Dovecot. Apparently it will do the email side of things, ie download my emails from the webserver and serve them up to which ever client logs into it, (outlook on the pc's and laptop and i have 2 windows phones which should integrate fine)

I then came across the Bynari connector which touts to do the calendar and contacts.. But does it do the emails aswell? so do i need citadel or dovecot configured and running to use Bynari or is it a one stop solution.

I am doing what i can, but i am flat out at work ATM and struggling to find research time and find its much easier when I can converse with someone and explain what i want as i am doing now.

Thanks in advance


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