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.
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.
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.