Questions about mail services

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Silas1066, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Silas1066 macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2009
    My company is looking for an email solution to replace our 3rd pary mail system (currently runs on Windows). I was thinking about putting in a Xserve running mail services, but I don't know much about it. My requirements are:

    1. Support for up to 200 POP3 OR IMAP accounts
    2. Ability to foward mail (message goes to recipient and then is forwarded to a different account on a different server).
    3. Support for MS Outlook

    Optional things that might be nice

    1. Ability to query or connect to a LDAP server. We run AD right now.

    Has anyone implemented something like this? Would it work for me?
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    Personally, I'd shy away from POP3 or IMAP and use something more secure (encrypted versions of these services are fine).

    I believe OS X Server could do it, but if it is for a PC environment, I'd advise looking for something to integrate with your AD now, such as Exchange.
  3. Silas1066 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2009
    An Exchange solution will be way too expensive.

    When you say encrypted options, what do you mean? Which protocols?

    My users can use Thunderbird or another email client. They don't need Outlook.

    Can the OSX mail server "store and forward"? In other words, if a message comes in, can it forward to another external account but keep a copy on the server?
  4. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    When I say encrypted, use SSL with POP3 or IMAP.

    OX S Server can forward emails. Practically any email system can. If you're concerned about cost, I'd recommend looking at a Linux system. You can run Ubuntu server for free, excluding the cost of the physical box. I'd also recommend getting a server solution, and not just a small tower. You want something with an array controller and a hot spare and get a good backup solution. You don't want to lose the entire organization's email because you skimped.
  5. Silas1066 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2009
    Linux is a possibility, but there are two problems with it:

    1. No support (really don't want to be chatting in IRC with some 16 year old kid about the weird error I'm getting because there is skimpy documentation and no corporation backs the software).

    2. Backing up Linux boxes is an issue. There is an OSX agent for Backup Exec I can use to back up the Xserve to tape.

    I have Exchange running for some of my users right now, but it sucks. It is a resource hog, and is virtually impossible to restore if something goes seriously wrong. If the server died, it would take me two weeks to get the thing back online, thanks to all the AD integration, Kerberos time-stamp issues, certificates, etc.

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