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    Re: Web Based E-mail Sever

    IMP+Horde is great, unless you happen to be upgrading from an 18 month old cvs version to a current release. That was a fun weekend :P

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    Re: Web Based E-mail Sever

    mmmmm. Thanks again for all the advice. As I have said we are Linux newbies so can someone let me have a bit more detail about qmail, IMP & horde etc.

    Thanks

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    Re: Web Based E-mail Sever

    Best intro is to have a look here

    http://www.flatmtn.com/computer/Linux-EmailServer.html

    A nice little semi-basic step by step guide to Setting Up a Linux Email Server in an NT Domain


    I shall be doing something similar myself over the next month if I get some time* except I'm considering using some desktop app (outlook/pegasys/thunderbird) which ever one is the easiest to deploy




    * atm I'm trying to get the PoS Lisol registration system we've adopted working (against my complaints of it being a step backwards from BromCom - esp for firedrills, we now have no way of doing them other than printing off a full attendance register in the AM and the PM - 34sheets each) oh yeah, and the PoS Nelson Thornes software.... *goes off to educational software forum*

    Midget

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    Re: Web Based E-mail Sever

    If you're as inexperienced with Linux as I am, I'd seriously suggest going the Zimbra route. It is honestly this easy:

    Install Linux with a minimal install.
    Make sure all the dependant components are installed (Fetchmail, GMP and a couple of others)
    Make sure that Postfix is disabled if it is part of the Linux install
    Copy the Zimbra installer to the Linux server
    Run the installer.

    Thats it. Everything is set up for you by the Zimbra installer, database, HTML server, MTA, everything. Plus you get a web interface that beats the pants of Squirrelmail.

    After that, you need to set up your users but that is quite trivial. Zimbra will authenticate against your AD as well so there is no need for your users to remember two passwords.

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    Re: Web Based E-mail Sever

    sounds good, is it free?

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    Re: Web Based E-mail Sever

    yes its free but some words of warning with this, the free version doesnt have any backup capability built in and doesnt work with outlook mapi connector (Imap should be ok, but outlook calendars wont work). To get a backup with the free version youll need to start learning some linux, its pretty easy and i have some scripts to shutdown and backup - to do live backups on the free version install linux on an LVM volume ause LVM snapshots - install linux on an LVM volume (I read this after I installed on a mirrored ext3).
    The Zimbra forums are definately worth a look.

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    Re: Web Based E-mail Sever

    /me rubs chin.

    This might be actually worth a look if it really is less hassle, which would be good when I leave and someone non linux literate has to pick it up.

    Surely for backup you can just set it to copy the mailbox file/s to a NAS and then backup that periodically?

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    Re: Web Based E-mail Sever

    Surely for backup you can just set it to copy the mailbox file/s to a NAS and then backup that periodically?
    yes and no. Zimbra isnt just a mail server - it runs a mysql database, and ldap server. Having read some forums on this I concluded that live copying isn hte way forward unless its done by LVM snapshots. My method is to shut down the server at 3am and rsync the /opt/zimbra directory to another disk and restart the zimbra service. (then compress it to another server after the zimbra service restarted to save downtime). Without the shutdown/LVM (apparenltly) the databases/ldap get corrupted and restore gets impossible.

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