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Windows Thread, Student Email Accounts in Technical; Originally Posted by Ric_ Another convert to OpenSource Zimbra here I'm afraid. Exchange is very good, it integrates seamlessly with ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    Another convert to OpenSource Zimbra here I'm afraid.

    Exchange is very good, it integrates seamlessly with AD, has OWA and just works. The problems only arise when you realise that you want to give external access to it and you suddenly need to spend thousands on licensing!

    Zimbra has all the features we needed, I'm perfectly happy running Linux and it dodged a massive licensing nightmare. Using the open source version means that I can always run the latest and greatest version too without upgrade costs!
    Yes I agree with the licensing issues Ric, it could turn into a nightmare. Do you host Zimbra internally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edsa View Post
    Do you host Zimbra internally?
    Yes.

    Currently it's running on an old HP server (seriously over specced - 4x Xeon, 4GB RAM, plugged into my AX100 SAN) that I got cheap from 1st Technologies. The only thing you need to do is publish port 443 and 25 to the web.

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    We don't host any web services internally. If I was to install this would I have to point the Zimbra box to externally hosted DNS servers for access from outside the school?

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    @Ric:
    you forgot to mention some of the great features, the bad word filter thanks to Cybernerd, antispam, antivirus plus instant messaging to name but a few.
    Just brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    @Ric:
    you forgot to mention some of the great features, the bad word filter thanks to Cybernerd, antispam, antivirus plus instant messaging to name but a few.
    Just brilliant.
    That's because I am lazy... and I have come to take all the features for granted since starting to use Zimbra.

    My technician and I find the IM feature particularly handy... he wanders off to do something and then IMs me if he gets stuck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edsa View Post
    We don't host any web services internally. If I was to install this would I have to point the Zimbra box to externally hosted DNS servers for access from outside the school?
    Since the server is behind a firewall, what we do is point external dns mx records to our external ip, then forward the relevant ports to the mail server and use split-dns so zimbra can resolve.

    Split DNS - Zimbra :: Wiki

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    another vote for Mdaemon...

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    To the guys who use Zimbra, do you have the ability to create key words and if the email system picks them up for it to not send them to intended person but to another email box set up.

    why i ask is we had a kid send a nasty email to the entire school, even the governors, and im looking into ways to stop the email going any were and only to my inbox, now i have found out the exchange will do it, but the entire license thing is hugely complex and not like Microsoft at all, I'm just wondering if this other bit of kit can do it?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob101 View Post
    To the guys who use Zimbra, do you have the ability to create key words and if the email system picks them up for it to not send them to intended person but to another email box set up.
    Yes, it does it with this modification.

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    Exchange 2007 here, with the added benefit that users can access their user areas via OWA 2007 too

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    Take a look at SmarterMail it has many Exchange like features, anti virus/spam 'out of the box', an amazing admin & user interface and the pricing isn't bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Exchange 2007 here, with the added benefit that users can access their user areas via OWA 2007 too
    Interesting, how do you link the user areas to OWA?

    I was going to do this through share point at but it seems complicated.

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    We are using google apps for education, free simple and quick Google Apps

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_coles View Post
    We are using google apps for education, free simple and quick Google Apps
    Same here....over a three day period it took about six hours to implement in total for upto 1200 users in our case. Csv 'd the users up year by year etc and it opens up a whole new world to the staff all for free!
    I cant say its better than exchange or zimbra but its hosted by google and that leaves me with less headaches for backups, server space, licencing. It just makes sense to try it before you start going down another route...

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    How do you deal with the data protection issues.

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