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we are a small business company (60-100 emploees) handling financial data. We want to have a secure E-Mail Server. What is the best in-house solution? Our laws force us to ḱeep the server physically at our place. Is Exchange secure enough, or are we better off with Linux and Postfix+Dovecot? For that reason we will hire a system-administrator, but whats more secure solution? Thanks in advance


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I would look at doing both. A postfix server that acts in gateway mode which resides in the dmz. And an exchange server which people use with outlook or whatever client. This gives the added benefit of having a spam gateway.

If you need any help with this let me know. I have a couple of guides for doing this kind of setup. – gdurham Feb 5 '11 at 3:22

Unless you really need Exchange, I wouldn't use it; I mostly base that on cost. These days there are enough alternatives which work with whatever client you like for full calendar/contact/email integration. Of course if you already have most of the Microsoft and Outlook licenses, Exchange doesn't cost too much more.

If you just need email, postfix and dovecot are fine. Personally I use exim and cyrus.

For the full calendar experience, you may want to look at SOGo and funambol

You can also look Zimbra for a complete solution.


Exchange 2010 is pretty easy to implement, it is very secure and I never heard of someome hacking into exchange, the one thing that is really important is your router - only port 25 is open to the outside world. Most companies has solutions with exchange integrations and you probably also want to have emails/calendar/tasks working withyour blackberry/iphone, Blackberry Enterprise Server is working well with Exchange.


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