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    Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    My apologies if this comes twice - all I got was a blank page when I clicked Submit.

    After a new record low uptime, the powers that be has decided to pull our email and webserver inhouse, and ordered an extra fully open internet connection for that, and 1 (yes, one whole 1!) server.

    The problem is now: what to put on it?

    It shall serve app. 600 email-accounts with POP3 and IMAP and Webmail access, a webserver with some sort of CMS, a ton of podcasts, some sort of SQL, maybe a possibility of hosting various students and teachers websites, and no doubt a few other things that they have forgot to tell me about.

    As usual, there is no budget, so although I am a point-and-click admin (OS/2 and Lantastic cert's, you know of any openings? 8O ), I guess it will have to be a free *NIX thingy, with which I have very little experience.

    The top priorities are easy user management (lots of people going through here every year), reliable backup and restore (preferrably down to single email level), and, if possible, a nice shiny point-and-click GUI.

    Any ideas/suggestions/questions?

    Beermouse

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Zimbra = mail
    eduspaces = student collaboration (think educational myspace)
    moodle = vle
    plone/drupal/joomla = CMS for website.

    lots of RAM.

    Zimbra has a nice and shiny point and click gui and runs as an appliance, gui is dead simple but more complicated tasks are CLI. Backup needs to be scripted for the free version, but there is gui (inc individual mailboxes) for the network version, Tying it all together will need to be done manually, probably all you need to do is sort apache/mysql for the others.

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Good examples of mail servers in schools include Linux based "Black Box" solutions

    Which can provide

    Imap/POP3 mail and webmail
    Moodle as the VLE with Elgg
    Joomla or Drupal as the CMS

    There are schools in Northants and Herts running kit like this.

    They are supported as black box solutions so Linux knowledge is not needed.

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    sounds like a job for three servers tho'!

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Zimbra recommends that nothing else should be run - eg. Zimbra server should be dedicated solely to it.

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

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    Depends on what servers you use

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Webserver is run by an outside company, email we use MDaemon has worked wonderfully for the past 4 years

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Mail server and Secondary MX is Zimbra on Ubuntu. Primary MX is Exim on Ubuntu.
    We have many LAMP systems. They are, again, all Ubuntu.

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Zimbra recommends that nothing else should be run - eg. Zimbra server should be dedicated solely to it.
    I assume, given sufficient power, you could virtualise it though.

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Yes that would be a possibility

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Geoff,

    how are you finding Zimbra ?

    What version are you running (free or paid for) ?

    I am keen to get some feed back from those using it in anger.

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Hi,

    I am using Zimbra and have a good knowledge on the subject.
    It is better solution for you to have Zimbra for E-Mail and Collaboration. It has Anti-virus and Anti-spam included.

    Siva
    atsivakumar@gmail.com

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    I am keen to get some feed back from those using it in anger.
    It sort of just does what it says on the tin really.The only downside is that if the web interface can be slow if the client is slow -easily fixed by using the basic client. Server requirements are quite high for a mail server. Other than that, we've had no issues - using free version since 3.x for testing (april 06) and 4.0.0 every single upgrade has been flawless, even with the modifications we made for content filtering, backups work, it's simple to set up, simple to use.

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    how are you finding Zimbra?
    It's working fine so far. We're slowly migrating staff acrross atm.

    What version are you running (free or paid for) ?
    The Opensource edition.

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    Re: Email/web-server - how do you do... it?

    Don't skimp It's not worth it in the long run.

    Go windows 2003/exchange combo, you wont regret it.



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