[svlug] Exchange server for Linux?

James Sparenberg james at linuxrebel.us
Thu Dec 23 19:39:32 PST 2004


On Thu, 2004-12-23 at 18:39, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 06:02:08PM -0800, Craig Oda (craigoda at gmail.com) wrote:
> > I ask this question a few times a year and am still looking for a
> > suitable answer.  We're a small office running Windows XP clients with
> > a central Linux file server.  The Linux server works great.  I
> > recently hired a consultant to keep the file server and Windows XP
> > server backed up using Retrospect on a Mac OS X box.
> > 
> > I've been trying to set up shared calendaring for clients of Microsoft
> > Outlook calendaring program.  I want to avoid putting a Windows server
> > in the office with Exchange.  Cost is not a problem.  The problem is
> > my lack of knowledge around Windows.
> 
> Samsung Contact:
> 
>     http://www.samsungcontact.com/en/product/
> 
>     A perfect match made in email heaven. Users love Outlook, and
>     Samsung Contact provides the best email server for all of Outlook's
>     great messaging and collaboration functions. This includes
>     calendaring, scheduling, resources, public folders, delegation, and
>     offline folders. 
> 
> Haven't used it, though I've followed it for a few years.  This was
> originally an HP product (OpenMail, if memory serves).
> 
> > Does anyone have any actual experience running a small office shared
> > calendaring system where the clients are on Windows and the server is
> > Linux?  Since we are a small office, we don't have technical staff on
> > hand.  We have to do the best we can with our limited knowledge.
> 
> I've rarely seen small shops even use Exchange's calendaring, frankly.
> 
> Most recent experience used Exchange for local mail only, stored all
> mail on desktops, and used direct POP/SMTP access to a third-party
> mailserver for external mail.  Go figure.
> 
> 
> Peace.

Karsten,

   Could it perhaps be that subconciously they don't have faith enough
in the Exchange server to remain working and un-hacked to allow it to
take on the challenge of handling their more important external mail? 
Sometimes it seems our actions betray us despite our professed beliefs.

James






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