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    Exchange or Zimbra - What do you use?

    What are people using these days? Exchange or Zimbra? I would be interested to hear any comments people have as we're currently looking to make a decision on whether to go for Exchange 2007 / 2010 or move away to Zimbra.

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    We are currently using exchange 2007 and moving to exchange 2010 when it is released. Zimbra is good though and if you sttuggle with funding then i would consider it if you have the money to spend the get exchange

    I like Exchange

    ----- I do have Zimbra for my Personal Email -------

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    ...moving to exchange 2010 when it is released...
    Released a couple of months ago? (Certainly for volume license customers anyway)

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    We have staff on Exchange and students on Zimbra.
    Zimbra gives less problems (than 2003 exchange) and seems to be more flexible with content filtering, spam and virus detection built in (maybe newer exchanges do this as well). At the time we put Zimbra in it offered much more than exchange - moodle integration, better functionality with zimlets etc

    But We are ditching both in favour of GoogleMail - it seems to offer more than both, plus I don't have to look after it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb2k01 View Post
    Released a couple of months ago? (Certainly for volume license customers anyway)
    yeah we dont have that.. for a couple of months

    I do use it in a test environment and it works very well!

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    @all:

    Great big thumbs up for Zimbra been using since April 2008 and it does what it says on the tin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    We are currently using exchange 2007 and moving to exchange 2010 when it is released. Zimbra is good though and if you sttuggle with funding then i would consider it if you have the money to spend the get exchange

    I like Exchange

    ----- I do have Zimbra for my Personal Email -------
    Interesting that you would go with Exchange if funding is available, why is that? Is Zimbra lacking in some features? or are you talking from an administrators point of view?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack0w View Post
    Interesting that you would go with Exchange if funding is available, why is that? Is Zimbra lacking in some features? or are you talking from an administrators point of view?
    Well i suppose i am wrong in what i am saying there, and hold my hands up. Zimbra is fine for schools, i have used it in the past and have no problems with it. I do know from an administrators point of view they may find exchange easier.. but then again if you know a bit about Linux the administration of Zimbra would be fine.

    Maybe i'll just shut up

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    We use the open source (free) edition of zimbra here.

    Very happy with it - not had any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    Maybe i'll just shut up
    Good idea bud

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    Just to carry on from what Bossman said... we use open source Zimbra here

    For the extra added touch, all users are given a shortcut to a localised Mozilla Prism (cut-down browser) pointed to the Zimbra web client. Mozilla is better than Internet Explorer at handling the heavy Javascript. Also, a custom C# program handles integrated Windows authentication, and also allows staff to enable/disable email access for the room.

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    I've not used zimbra, so I'm not gonna comment, although I've heard very good things.

    However been using various exchange versions for a while now, and it tends to be one of the few Microsoft products that's well thought out and stable.

    We'll be rolling out a clustered, multi-tiered 2010 environment soon. very scary, but should be almost totally resilient against outages, clustered mailbox, client access and hub transport servers across three global sites - as well as the new forefront threat management gateway. Doing away with storage groups should make the clustering much faster than 2k7

    We certainly couldn't ditch it now as we're using Unified Messaging and Office Communicator - and they all tie in very nicely :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Also, a custom C# program handles integrated Windows authentication, and also allows staff to enable/disable email access for the room.
    Like the sound of that! Is it something you'd be prepared to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack0w View Post
    Like the sound of that! Is it something you'd be prepared to share?
    It's something I'm working on, I just need the time to document it fully ( in between writing Classroombookings v2 ) The Zimbra pre-authentication key is hard-coded in the executable for security purposes, so it would need to be re-compiled with your own included. Other paths etc are stored in an INI file though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    Good idea bud


    I'll just then and leave you too it *sulk*

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