Looking to set up a new mail server. Currently running Exchange Server but it’s a pain to manage multiple domains. Spam filtering not great. I have few dozen domains and I’d like to consolidate them. I need an easy to use and manage server where I don’t have to spend too much time on it.
* Free (or really cheap)
* Push via Activesync or IMAP Idle
* Anti-Spam Filtering
* Multi-Domain / Aliases
* All-In-One Solution
* Web Based Admin / No manual file editing
Ability to easily create email aliases, great for registering at web sites. Also to determine which web site is selling email addresses.
|Axigen||Almost Free (100 User Limit)||Yes||No*||No*||* Available in full version|
|Kolab 3.0||Free||?||?||?||Failed to install|
|hMailServer||Free||No||Yes||Yes (IMAP Idle)||No web admin|
|SoGo||Free||?||?||?||Steep learning curve|
|Blue Mind||Free||Yes||No||?||Missing features|
|Horde||Free||?||?||?||Steep learning curve|
|Zimbra Community||Free||Yes||Yes||Yes||Worth a second look|
|Synovel Collabsuite||Free||Yes||Yes||?||Not sure if Push works|
It’s quite a list but I wanted to make sure I touch on all the popular products.
First thing’s first. Configure a Virtual Machine for testing. Most of the products are Linux based, and I’m fine with that but some products run only under Windows so a Windows VM will also be required.
Once both VM’s were configured and all the updates have been installed I took a snapshot of each VM to make moving onto the next product easy.
I also created a local hosts entry to see how the product responds accessed “remotely”
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp. # # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows. # # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name. # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one # space. # # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol. # # For example: # # 18.104.22.168 rhino.acme.com # source server # 22.214.171.124 x.acme.com # x client host # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself. # 127.0.0.1 localhost # ::1 localhost 192.168.77.35 linux.mailtest.com 192.168.77.36 windows.mailtest.com
On To Testing