Linux Server equivalent to SBS Standard 2011 features

Hi, I haven't touched Linux since 2002 (Red Hat) so I am very rusty, I look after 40 or so SBS 2011 and since MS killed 2011 I need to find a cheaper way for our clients than 2012, so my question is: is there a Linux server equivalent to SBS 2011 that can handle (exchange or at least IMAP), Desktop Roaming profile, Remote Desktop Access, windows printer sharing, Automatic Map Network drives, Web-server, Join Domain etc I think you get the picture. What would you recommend that is user friendly for a rusty guy. I don't mind if it costs up to $1000 either, Thanx in advance
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
There are several SBS alternatives that use Linux yes ...

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Another exchange alternative might be Office365, Microsofts "Exchange in the Cloud" ... That way you don't need a local Exchange/mail server...
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rindiCommented:
Zentyal is the best SBS type linux alternative. It is exchange compatible (it uses OpenChange). It is very easy to setup, and you can configure practically everything via a web browser, so you can do that easily from another PC and don't have to sit in the freezing and noisy server room. It is based on different modules, so you can setup your servers easily depending on what you want to use it for. The Community edition is free, but support is then limited to the forums and documentation, while the non-free version comes with real support. It is based on Ubuntu Server, and I can really recommend it:

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=zentyal
http://zentyal.org
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Yes, that's also why I posted it ... It's one of the best alternatives ... But people need choice :)
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pcezAuthor Commented:
Thanx Office 365 too expensive when you have 30 - 70 staff,  igaware looks ok but doesn't say how much any ideas? Cheers
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
What does an Igaware Server cost?
Servers start from £395 and support and updates start from £50 a month. Please get in touch for a quote.

That's from the site, you can find it under Faqs...
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pcezAuthor Commented:
Thank you both zentyal also look good which spravtek also sent me the link, have to get in touch for prices, I'll download soon... I'll wait till tomorrow let you know
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Great, do let us know which one you will go for ... Always interesting to have input like that.
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rindiCommented:
I'm sure it will be Zentyal, as I mentioned it is the best. I tried others, and none of them really worked the way I needed, or they weren't easy to setup properly or maintain. Zentyal is installed very quickly and works almost out of the box. Besides, it will work fine also on older server hardware (but that of course depends on your needs and number of users, as well as tasks the server will do.

The only issues I've had was when you do a direct upgrade from an older Zentyal version ot a new version (when a new version goes public, the web interface offers an upgrade to that new version). Currently I'm using Community Edition 4.0, and it says 4.1 is available. I'll try the upgrade soon, but previous upgrades never really worked properly. But even if an upgrade fails, you can always do a normal installation of the new version over it, as that is done fast. Besides that, you could always restore from the backup you made before upgrading.
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pcezAuthor Commented:
Just been reading some of the feedbacks on Zentyle and its all mixed up some saying its good and some saying you don't receive much support or very slow support even with the commercial version, I need an OS that's reliable no ongoing fees someone on that site was recommending ClearOS any way just finished downloading Zentyle see how it goes but again no mention of price, the only thing I like about SBS 2011 was it was a fixed price.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
ClearOS is not bad, but I don't think it's really "Exchange Friendly" ...
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rindiCommented:
I tried ClearOS a couple of years ago, and it was definitely not up to the standard of Zentyal. Zentyal has worked fine for me, and I haven't needed any support, the only issue being as I mentioned , upgrades. But that is a small problem, and in any case if you compare with SBS server, that never offered any direct and easy upgrade to a next version.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you knew linux well, I would encourage you to explore that option.  However, if you don't (and if you last worked with it in 2002, then you don't), I would caution you about going down this route too quickly.  You need to evaluate these products EXTENSIVELY and learn them WELL.  If you are the consultant implementing them, your client is expecting you to be well versed in installation and support... In my past experience with Linux, I find support is almost ALWAYS a problem and whenever I tried to explore linux in depth, I've had weird problems that no one wants to help with -- "RTFM" is generally the response I get.

Exchange + Server + CALs as a one time charge means more up front... but in the long run, it's cheaper for your client since it's a product you know (plus new features), there's a HUGE support base both in the community and through paid options at MS.

Bottom line: Licensing costs are NOT your only costs - ongoing support costs with Linux can make the platform FAR more expensive in the long run unless you know it well.
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pcezAuthor Commented:
Thanx Lee, the issue is with new SBS 2012 it's no longer one of fee but MS will charge monthly fee per user for exchange and MS SQL at $12/m per user for let's say 70 users that's $840 / m plus the initial cost of software which is about $3000 so Linux will be a lot cheaper option but you are right I will have to get back into it, I use to be a Unix system admin at few universities here in Australia I don't think it might have change that much well except you have heaps better Gui interface cheers
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pcezAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for tips, I am going to try all the options starting with Zentyal  (which by the way is a good name for a Drug / medication) I tried to share the points / love amongst you as you were all helpful, Thank you
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'm not sure what you're referring to.  Microsoft Offers Office 365 that they charge a monthly fee for... but you can still buy Exchange, Exchange CALs, and Windows server outright.  I assume you mean 2012 Essentials when you say SBS 2012.  You can integrate Exchange with that and with a single server license, you can run essentials and Exchange on a separate server (assuming you virtualize (and you should)).
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