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    Email Server

    I'm looking at installing a new email server shortly. Exchange is too highly priced for us so we are looking at alternatives. The problem we have is the email goes to an external server that waits for our to pull it down to our domain. Do you know of any software like this?

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    Re: Email Server

    Most email platforms have a function or there is an addon to collect email as you described.
    We run exchange here as we got it fairly cheap through our county select agreement. Apart from exchange you really only have some kind of Linux based solution that will will scale well for you. Theres a few people here that have a Linux based solution with Squirelmail for webmail etc that can give you more info.

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    Exchange is so cheap on Educational pricing they might as well give it away.

    Quote from a few months ago:

    Microsoft Exchange Server Licence £95.00 each

    Exchange Server CAL's £1.25 each

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    We wanted web mail access for this you pay £10,000 for the privilege decided against this for our school!

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    Re: Email Server

    And Exim with Qpopper running on Linux is even cheaper!

    Linux: £0.00
    Exim server licence: £0.00
    CALs: £0.00
    Horde/IMP Webmail: £0.00

    Yes it can be configured to pull email from another server and yes it can be integrated into your domain for authentication!

    We provide e-mail for 1600 users, saving £2000 on CALs lets us use that money on a good network infrastructure to make sure than essential services like e-mail work 24/7.

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    Re: Email Server

    Your LEA should be able to send the mail directly to you (once you have your mail server installed. Exchnage 2003 is very cheap for schools y'know. Take a look. As much as I like open source if you have an AD network then Exchange works best if you want complete integration.

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    Re: Email Server

    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw
    We wanted web mail access for this you pay £10,000 for the privilege decided against this for our school!
    Where are you getting that figure from? 8O

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    Re: Email Server

    on non free there is imail the newer version not to bad....

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    Re: Email Server

    Got the figure from RAMESYS cost of the system to setup is easy but the webmail access is a killer!

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    Re: Email Server

    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw
    We wanted web mail access for this you pay £10,000 for the privilege decided against this for our school!
    We were quoted that originally - and it's very wrong. After pushing our supplir to do a 'thorough' job we ended up with about £400 for 1100 users/250 clients WITH web mail access.

    We postponed this option and plummed for the county supplied squirrell/exim option @ £200 per year maintenance. The squirell interface isn't the friendliest, there are endless support calls for ppl trying to figure out the download options [there are 3 - none of which are obvious/ will necessarily work.]

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    Re: Email Server

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    Your LEA should be able to send the mail directly to you (once you have your mail server installed. Exchnage 2003 is very cheap for schools y'know. Take a look. As much as I like open source if you have an AD network then Exchange works best if you want complete integration.
    It's a damn site easier to install & manage too.

    Though you need to AD / Forest Prep for 2k3. (easy anyway)

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    Re: Email Server

    How would exchange pull emails from an external email server? (Just a collection point really)

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    Re: Email Server

    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw
    How would exchange pull emails from and external email server? (Just a collection point really)

    Wes
    it's possible using the built in pop3 connector, but if you *really* want to do it that way you're better off with something like :

    http://www.jam-software.com/smartpop2exchange/

    I'd advise you to think about having your mail come in direct via smtp. Very simple to do, all you need is broadband and a router that can handle port forwarding.

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    Re: Email Server

    I would say use exchange as well, but if you really really don't want to, you could try Mail Enable. I use it at home for one server, runs on Windows, and is completely free. I like it, and works well, I have a small primary that may start to use it (only 40 kids), but you can pay for more features such as web mail, but its very cheap to get anyway. But I do say exchange is very very good, and exceptionaly priced for Education.

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    Re: Email Server

    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw
    How would exchange pull emails from an external email server? (Just a collection point really)

    Wes
    It shouldn't. Your RBC should (and if not whay not) be able to route the SMTP traffic direct to your mail server. If they can't then they are not offering a very good level of service!

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