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Mail server for SME dotcom-Linux vs ???

By sjb_xexec ·
As the de facto sysadmin for a small Win2K network, I have placed an order for 2Mb/s ADSL. With an always-on net connection like this, should I run a linux box, with 2 3c905 cards, configured as a bridging router, with firewalling software (ie ipchains), and an email server set up as well?

Our ISP could route all email to our domain to an smtp server (linux box), and the win2k client pc's could pick up their mail by pop3/imap4 from there. Pricewise, this is a favourable solution, compared with Exchange 2K/Gordano NTMail/Lotus Domino/...

I have sufficient linux skill to set this up, but I want to know whether this is likely to be a suitable solution for a network of under 40 people?

Thanks

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I think it's a GREAT solution. I currently run a Linux router using the LRP image with SSH and Seattle Seawall firewall software added. In my case, I added a third NIC to create a DMZ where my FTP and Web server live.

My situation is a little different because I do run an Exchange box inside the firewall but I've set up several just like the one you are describing and have adequately supported up to several hundred users.

And you're absolutely right - it is VERY favorable pricewise. Plus it has been stable as a rock with no downtime in the past 8 months.

Only caution - really try to avoid PPOE on your DSL link (I assume you have a static IP but you never know...)

paul

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