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Exchange Mail vs. Linux Email

By Shanghai Sam ·
Trying to determine what makes more since for my client. I have some knowledge of Exchange but wonder if cost/maintaining is too great for client also. We also have to determine VPN and Remotes Access for Linux, with Win2k use Terminal Services. No licensing headaches with Linux.

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Exchange Mail vs. Linux Email

by brasslet In reply to Exchange Mail vs. Linux E ...

In my opinion, it comes down to what your client's are looking for, and what you're most comfortable supporting. If you can support the Linux solution as well as Exchange, then it's simply a matter of what your clients want and what they're willing to pay to get it.

If they're looking only for a simple mail solution and don't care about the 'workgroup' features of Exchange (calendars etc.) then something cheap and simple might be a better choice, especially if they plan to use POP3 clients.You can get the both client and server software for free. Properly configured, it'll deliver POP3 mail just fine.

On the other hand, if they want the features of Exchange they've got to be willing to pay for them. Exchange can be pretty expensive, depending on the number of CALs you require and the version (Standard or Enterprise) required. Hardware requirements are typically more than Linux requires, too. If you plan to use Win2K terminal services, you have to consider the cost of Terminal Services client licenses (if your clinet isn't running Win2k Pro or WinXP on the desktop) as well as the cost of the CAL. You need an Exchange CAL for each authenticated client, regardless of access method.

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