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hi,

What would be the advantages/disadvantages on both options?  thanks
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by:jar3817
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Any email server can do basic smtp with pop3 or imap access and even webmail. The place where exchange stands out is with application integration and sharing capabilities. There are linux packages that rival exchange server like Zimbra, but exchange is very popular and therefore has a big user-base.
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1. but ES is more difficult to setup and maintain, right?
2. Zimbra looks good, it can even do blackberry sync, right?
3. what about the free linux email server, are they any good?

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I think Exchange is finicky and hopelessly complicated, but, then again, I'm an amateur in the MS department.

I've been maintaining a Linux + Postfix mail server  for some time and it's been very cost-effective. I think I've spent like one hour a year on unexpected adjustments during its 5 years of service and that's it. It has halted once.

The configuration of a postfix server is fairly simple and you can get lots of info and instructions from the postfix web site. The base is RedHat 8 (I know, old....) and it runs on a P III (yes, I know; old....) but it does its job with POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP, for no license fees or such. If you're not enthusiastic about config files and the command line, I suppose a lot could be done using webmin and I'm sure there are improvements in newer Linux distributions and Postfix versions.
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(this has been typed and ready to go for a few hours (thought I sent it))

1. Not really more difficult, if you know what you're doing and have active directory already set up (correctly) and healthy, setting up exchange is just point and click.

2. I have no idea if zimbra can interface with blackberries. Are you going to be using a BES (blackberry enterprise server)? If so, it works VERY well with exchange, not sure about anything else. If you're just going to use BIS (blackberry internet service) it'll just use IMAP to fetch mail and any server will work.

3. The free linux email servers are just that, email servers. They won't do anything of the bells and whistles like calendar and contact sharing or any of the other groupware-like functionality. If you're just looking for straightup email, go with Sendmail on linux. If you need shared data between users, meeting requests, all that stuff, you'll need a groupware package like exchange or zimbra.

I use sendmail as a spam filtering relay for exchange at my org.
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is .imailserver any good?thx
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I don't know, never used it.
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IMail, for windows, has a farily good reputation (if that's what you mean) and I found it quite OK. That was like 5-6 years ago, though....
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