For about 5-6 years now we've been running Exchange.
More recently SBS 2003 but our server hardware is already down on its knees and will need to be replaced by the middle of next year#
Apparently this means that we'll have to buy a whole new license for SBS 2003 (or the new windows server if/when it arrives), and 3 new packs of 5 CALs!
That's according to the local contractors we have that run our Exchange server, so please correct me if I'm wrong on this! I just think that whole concept is wrong. Paying for software, fine. But not software that times out or is tied to the life of your hardware.
Anyway, I've been tracking Zimbra's progress over 18 months now and it looks like every release gets better and better.
We're a small business of 10 employees in our Kent, UK office.
And 4 remote employees working from 2 different locations in the US.
The RPC over HTTPS feature for Outlook 2003 / Exchange 2003 is great. But the reasons we want to move away is:
1) We have 5 mac users, who have to suffer Thunderbird/IMAP whilst the rest of us use Outlook (if Microsoft just released Outlook 2003 for OSX!)
2) Open source, community support, and paid-for Zimbra support is the way forward
3) So we stop having to pay our local contractors £150 per month because we don't understand Exchange
I was concerned about the Yahoo buy-out... but I'm hoping it means greater funding/stability for the project, and a business-as-usual approch to Zimbra. I'd be a bit annoyed if we migrated and Zimbra was suddenly re-branded as Yahoo Business Server or something equally as cringeworthy!
The only pre-migration question that I still don't have an answer to is what we do about AD/Domain controller.
With only 5 of us ever authing with the domain, and the other 5 being on Macs, we're not really using the power of domain controller/active directory to the full.
But I was wondering what you guys recommend we do...
Just go over to a traditional 'workgroup' style network?
And totally ditch the domain controller... at the moment I really don't see what benefit it gives us. Only 5 win XP Pro users, and 5 on OS X!
Or are there other network auth products/user management systems out there?
Be good if there was a cross-platform open-source alternative to Microsoft's active directory/domain controller system! Maybe there is but I don't know about it.
Be interesting to hear your comments/suggestions.