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Hi guys and gals! I'm planning have a couple of servers installed, one as a proxy the other as a mail server. They may reach the outside world using a static ip adsl connection, or through a 3Com ISDN Lan Modem. Apart from the obvious M$ solutions, what would you propose? - Linux, - OpenBSD, - sVr3.2 unix, - OS/2, AS/400, CP/M? just kidding :-) And, if Linux, what distribution and what tools? (p.e. Red Hat Linux / Obtuse Smtpd Mail Srv / Squid Proxy Srv) Setup should be as bullet-proof as possible. There are no plans for a dedicated ...

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    Default Linux as mail/proxy server?

    Hi guys and gals!

    I'm planning have a couple of servers installed, one as a proxy the other as
    a mail server. They may reach the outside world using a static ip adsl
    connection, or through a 3Com ISDN Lan Modem.

    Apart from the obvious M$ solutions, what would you propose?
    - Linux,
    - OpenBSD,
    - sVr3.2 unix,
    - OS/2, AS/400, CP/M? just kidding :-)
    And, if Linux, what distribution and what tools? (p.e. Red Hat Linux /
    Obtuse Smtpd Mail Srv / Squid Proxy Srv)

    Setup should be as bullet-proof as possible. There are no plans for a
    dedicated firewall :-(
    As I'm not keen on paying a fortune for an Exchange, its client licences and
    its increased hardware demands, I could also live with another (non
    Microsoft) solution running on M$-WIndows 2K. In fact, the IBM sever it is
    to run on came with a Lotus Notes server and some client licences. On the
    other hand, should one wish to migrate from MS-NT 4.0 domain to MS-Win2K
    active directory architecture, Exchange 2K will be much better
    intergrated.What do you think?

    I'm all ears. Shoot away!

    TIA
    Manos Petridis




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    hi Manos

    first of all good luck with your endeavors, I hope they prove successful.

    I've had occasion to setup a Sendmail server, and after the initial startup
    and regular attention to the day to day operation (no where near what
    Exchange requires) it has been flawless. The office has 55 users and the
    server has never been down. http://www.sendmail.org is an excellent resource
    for tips. Sendmail is part of virtually any RedHat build. I was able to use
    regular Linux tools to back the system up, so I do have a 'hot spare' ready
    to go if needed.....

    my second recommendationis to get Webmin, a GUI based admin tool that sits
    over top of Unix/Solaris/Linux systems.....it makes the day to day stuff a
    bit easier.

    I've worked with and built Exchange and Win2k Active Directory setups and
    the cost and time involved were quote difficult to bear.

    I can't speak to the Squid Proxy because I generally use hardware firewall
    setups.

    rich


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    02 Nov 2003 10:04 UTC, Manos Petridis typed: 

    Exim+QPoppor makes a great little mail server. Both very easy to compile
    and configure.

    http://www.exim.org
    http://www.eudora.com/qpopper/

    Exim is widely used by UK/Euro ISPs.

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