MS Exchange server on FreeBSD?
tedm at toybox.placo.com
Sat Mar 19 00:52:45 PST 2005
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> Subject: Re: MS Exchange server on FreeBSD?
> Exchange is the best choice for intra-organizational e-mail on
> relatively homogenous internal networks. The many features of Exchange
> provide a great many relevant and useful advantages in this type of
Not really true unless you do an apples to oranges comparison. Exchange
has lots of benefits against a simple Sendmail+popper UNIX mailserver.
However, a fully tricked-out UNIX mail server can be configured to have
just as many additional 'advantages' that an Exchange server has.
Exchange is popular simply because many corporations bought into
NT4, and 2000 server, and were looking for a way to use their existing
file and print servers to handle e-mail. Buying Exchange was seen
as a cheaper way to get a mailserver than to go out and setup a
new server running UNIX. And keep in mind that the only serious
coompetitor in Windows mailserver server software was Netscape and
we know what happened to them.
> For heterogenous networks and ISPs, Exchange is a poor choice, because
> most users won't be able to profit from it, and because it is very
> difficult to implement when many machines in a network are non-Windows
> (and the Exchange servers themselves _must_ run Windows).
Not true any longer. The latest Exchange versions have good support for
However Exchange makes a poor choice for ISP's because
ISP's deal in a far higher volume of e-mail and of mailboxes than
server is designed for. Even the smallest ISP's can easily do a thousand
mailboxes, and a thousand mailboxes is considered a pretty large
installation for an Exchange server. (by everybody other than
marketing departments, of course) Licensing for the volumes of clients
ISP's run is cost-prohibitive espically considering so many ISPs are
out mailboxes for free.
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