New Mail Server – The Search

Synovel CollabSuite

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Unlike the other programs I tried. This one comes as a LiveCD ISO. I created a new VM with a small drive and launched the ISO
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Installation was pretty straight forward. I had some problems configuring static IP address as I’m not familiar with Debian. A quick Google search and I was up and running.
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Once I had the installation completed. I rebooted the server to make sure all services were running and proceeded to the admin console
at https://192.168.77.37:10000 (webmin port?)
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The setup screen was pretty simple. Just basic primary domain information, some passwords etc. Had some problems getting the FQDN to resolve but fixed it by editing the hosts file.
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Summary

  • Some manual editing required for customization
  • Not a whole lot UI configuration options
  • Fast and Responsive Web interface
  • Relatively painless install

Conclusion: Simple and Painless. Definitely worth trying out if the other candidates don’t live up.

2 thoughts on “New Mail Server – The Search

  1. Found your site when searching for info on the Intel Dual node 1U server and then stumbled upon this thread. Save yourself some time and choose zimbra. I’ve already done most of the research for you and its the best available if you want a fully featured mail server. Also, you might want to look into zextras for things like activesync, backups, etc a few other tools. Well worth the small extra investment.

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