I've been looking at SUSE's OpenExchange software as a possible
alternative to Microsoft Exchange. We don't have Exchange at the moment,
and I'm naturally disinclined to purchase it. The requirements are quite
simple - just two Outlook users sharing calendar, to-do lists and notes
to begin with. The basic package will exceed our needs and leave room
for expansion in the future. I would like to encourage any additional
users to use the web interface if possible. The system would be
"stand-alone", i.e. no incoming or outgoing mail, due to restrictions
placed on us by the LEA.
I would probably purchase a budget 1U server to host the system - most
likely a Gigabyte system as we have had good experiences with these in
the past. I am inclined to try an SATA system as a compromise between
performance and cost.
So, I'm really just asking for comments from those who are using
OpenExchange or have tried it in the past. How easy is it to set up and
maintain the system? I'm not a mail server expert, so this is important
for me ;) Is installing extra utilities on the system feasible (for
example, NTP and UPS monitoring software)? Our existing Linux boxes are
all Debian-based, so I'd also be interested to know how things like
security patches are applied and whether this is done over HTTP, HTTPS
or FTP, as this we are not allowed any other outgoing connections.
Thanks in advance,
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