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    Google Mail or Ms Live@edu mail

    I am after advice/pros/cons.

    We currently run Imail server in school but it is outdated and we are having issues with the spam filtering.
    We want to move our email to something different. that cost 0.000

    Does any one have any advice on the following
    a free linux option with spam and virus checking
    Google Mail for Education
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    MS Live@edu mail

    We can modify or MX record or should i say LA can
    we can setup a email server internal if need for linux option.

    Any advice on how best to go about it would be gratfull reviced

    Stuart Purvis
    Hilbre High School
    Wirral

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    Heres an article comparing google and live@edu

    Google vs. Microsoft: Number wars, students as weapons | iGeneration | ZDNet.com

    Ive just rolled out live@edu for about 1800 students.

    Have now got the moodle integration working with it too, and also got passwords syncing to live@edu from AD.

    We are a MS Schools SA Agreement, so everything is MS, and it was the logical choice..

    But other options might be better for you.

    If you are comfortable with linux, Zimbra is meant to be pretty good.

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    We are migrating all our student email accounts to live@edu over the summer, we will be using Dell R200, Win2k8 Ent, ILM 2007 FP1, SQL 2008 Stn, as the student email system will need to cope with 15000 students

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    Hi Stuart, as an ex Wirral school based employee not a million miles from you I've already implemented both and would say on balance that Live@Edu is better because it is basically like Exchange for free (controlled using Exchange Live) and you get more control than Google Apps.

    We are migrating all our student email accounts to live@edu over the summer, we will be using Dell R200, Win2k8 Ent, ILM 2007 FP1, SQL 2008 Stn, as the student email system will need to cope with 15000 students
    I though Live@Edu was MS hosted and therefore not requiring your own hardware.

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    Sorry also meant to ask do any of the above do multiple domain auth. We have our Staff on our Admin domain AD and all our Pupils on Curr Domain AD

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    Quote Originally Posted by u8dmtm View Post

    I though Live@Edu was MS hosted and therefore not requiring your own hardware.
    It is. But if you want to do password sync and provision accounts from AD rather than just run a script and read from a CSV, you can run a bit of software called Identity Lifecycle Manager. This also requires an SQL server (2005+)

    The person above has obviously decided to dedicate a new box to these software. I just created a new VM on an existing host for them.

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    I'd recommend Live@Edu, I've found the support to be excellent when I've needed it, they also have an active user group too.

    When I was evaluating the google equivalent, I couldn't get anyone to talk to me at all

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