At 17:34 10/12/03 -0500, Fred Ododa wrote:
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We're running iMail, too -- version 8.03. We're not using the web calendaring feature - but I believe there have been some recent enhancements to it, so maybe we'll take another look at it. We do use the mailing lists.
The list of reasons for running our own departmental mail server is not as large as it was several years ago. So a mail service needs to run with a relatively small footprint on my time and our budget. iMail fits that requirement.
One nice thing about something like iMail, as opposed to Exchange, is that it's easy to tell where the operating system ends and iMail begins. This is good when it comes to security and management.
Even so, iMail unfortunately does follow the abominable practice of storing users' settings and other configuration data in the registry. However, there is a command-line utility that can be used to extract all that information for regular backups or for import to a different computer.
We're still using NT for authentication. If you're going to have iMail use an NT domain for authentication, it has to run on a computer that's a PDC or BDC. I believe the equivalent is true for Windows 2000 AD.
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