[HLUG] Replacement for SBS2003

Steve Bushell steve at stevebushell.com
Sun Mar 29 13:04:21 UTC 2009

Well, after much problems with disk config (and especially my mobo raid,
which isn't a raid at all, merely hosting a single system disk!) I have
installed 8.10 - I found this tutorial, which mostly went fine
http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-ubuntu-8.10 ....

It all boots, and I seem to have a 'working' system, but nowhere near
what I 'need'!

Now what?

	Setup webmail??
	Setup printing?
	Is it REALLY true that there isn't an proper web based
configurator? (webmin isn't there)


-----Original Message-----
From: herefordshire-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk
[mailto:herefordshire-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk] On Behalf Of Julian
Sent: 28 March 2009 23:38
To: Herefordshire Linux Users Group.
Subject: Re: [HLUG] Replacement for SBS2003

Steve Bushell wrote:
> Hi all,
> As a 'lurker' on this group for the past few years, I finally need
> Linux help!
Hi Steve
> I have been using an 'evaluation' copy of SBS2003 for some time, but
> have finally had enough of it!  I am looking to replace this to
> get the following core features (but ideally as much functionality as
> possible of course):
> Windows fileshares

samba - not really anything else to suggest.
> Webserver(s) - will be hosting several domains

apache . There are lighter applications, but if you have a decently 
powered server, it shouldnt be any problem
> Email - to integrate with Outlook, and push to windows mobile via OMA,
> oh, and I also want webmail access

more possibilities here. IMAP is what i always suggest as a protocol, as

its easy to interface a webmail service and you get so many more 
benefits compared to POP3.

Dovecot is a popular choice as an IMAP server, but you can also use 
Courier, etc.

Postfix is a good choice for a SMTP server, but sendmail, qmail and 
others are also popular.

> Central administration of usernames / passwords, ideally hosting a
> Windows domain (not workgroup)

hmmm ... well it depends what you want here. You can always use SSH and 
change the samba users list if you want to do it on the cmd line. 
otherwise SWAT is a decent webbased samba admin too.

Also, you could use webmin as a general web admin tool. This can be used

to admin almost all these services you mention, and is especially useful

for the learner linux sysadmin. It always better to learn the cmd line 
stuff, but webmin is a good tool to get up and running initially.

> Printing services

CUPS, although you can also use samba for shared printers on a network.
> DNS, DHCP servers

bind for DNS, dhcp - DHCP3?

Ubuntu server will do all of this ..... many of these services have easy

ish to use setups too.

ie http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/serveredition/features

In the soon to be released 9.04 there are more services that you can set

up easily.
> Support for raid ideally via RocketRaid (I have a rather large file
> collection on one, and most Linux's recognise it as several drives,
> one)

I havent come across this.

Linux does do good hardware and software RAID. Watch out for RAID 
controllers purporting to be hardware RAID that arent really though ...

> That's the core of it, but loads more wishlist items.....

well, you can just about do anything with linux these days ... ;-)
> I am looking at Clarkconnect (Redhat based) does anyone have any
> experience of this, or can anyone recommend any other alternatives?

I remember looking into this, but found that when I looked (a few years 
ago), that sometimes CC and SME server (another one like CC), were 
lacking a few things taht you had to pay for.

You havent mentioned AV. Clam is especially good.

Setting all these up for a relative newbie isnt easy, esp mail servers 
so I think you may be on the right lines to look for a halfway house 

Webmin can help admin many many services, but you have to install and 
set them up in the first place.

Hope this helps


> Cheers,
> Steve Bushell
> There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand
> and those who don't...

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