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Scalix: Linux Administrator's Guide

Markus Feilner

Install, configure, and administer your Scalix Collaboration Platform email and groupware server
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847192769
Paperback276 pages

About This Book

  • Install, upgrade, and configure Scalix
  • Build a robust and reliable system
  • Detailed walkthroughs and expert advice on best practices

Who This Book Is For

This book is written for Linux administrators who wish to set up an email server for businesses or who wish to switch to Scalix from another email server. Scalix can be used very easily by beginners; however, advanced strategies and administrative tasks are difficult to learn and this book will help you master them all.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Email and Groupware: History and Basics
A Brief History of Email
How does Email Work?
Storing the Groupware Data
Chapter 2: Scalix Groupware
The History of Scalix: Why HP Won the "Bury The Gold" Award
Scalix at First Glance—SAC and SWA
Scalix Architecture and Protocols
Scalix Versions and Packages
Getting Help
Chapter 3: Installing Scalix
Installing Scalix on OpenSUSE
Installing Scalix on Fedora Core
Chapter 4: Advanced Installations
Advice for Installation
Checklist for Accessing the Graphical Installation
Text-Based Installation
Uninstalling, Updating, and Reconfiguring Scalix
Advanced Installations—Multi-Server Setup
Chapter 5: First Steps with Scalix Admin Console and Scalix Web Access
SAC at a Glance
Users, Groups, Resources...
Testing the New Account—Logging into SWA
Chapter 6: Administration and Configuration
Deploying Clients
Chapter 7: Common Options and Documentation
Global Configuration Files and Directories
Options and Parameters
General Options
IMAP and Addressing Options
Item Structure Server, Local Delivery, and More
POP, Public Folders, Queue
Service Router and UAL Client Options
Virus Protection
Configuring Scalix Components
Administration Commands
Chapter 8: Monitoring Scalix
Standard Monitoring Commands
Chapter 9: Scalix and Security
Basic Security and Firewalls
Securing Scalix with OpenVPN
Securing Scalix with https Redirection
Some More Ideas ...
Chapter 10: Backup and Restore
Saving /var/opt/scalix
Incremental Backups to a Different Machine
Automated Backups to File
Backup Tools for Large Environments
Chapter 11: Scalix Directory Integration
Integrating with an External LDAP Directory
Chapter 12: HA and Multi-Server Setups
Multi-Server Setups
The Common "Simple" Two-Node Cluster
The "Cheap" Active-Passive Cluster
Mailrouting in the Enterprise Edition: omaddrt
Keeping Directories Synchronized
Chapter 13: Defeating Spam and Viruses
Commercial or Open Source?
Scalix Virus Scanning—How It Works
Installing Clamav
Scalix Anti-Spam
Authentication and Relay Control

What You Will Learn

  • Dissecting an email message and understanding how email and groupware servers work
  • Installing Scalix on OpenSuSE 10.2, Fedora Core 5, and Windows
  • Setting up Scalix in a multiserver environment with clustering and replication
  • Troubleshooting and hardening your Scalix environment
  • Working with the Scalix Administration Console (SAC)
  • Managing users and handling common tasks
  • Deploying the Scalix connector for Outlook and integrating with IMAP mail clients
  • Understanding Scalix configuration files and administrative commands
  • Standard Scalix monitoring tools and status reports
  • Integrating Scalix in your centralized Nagios monitoring system
  • Securing your server using firewalls, Stunnel, and OpenVPN
  • Performing full, incremental, and single-mailbox backups and restores
  • Integrating an external LDAP directory with Scalix and configuring the Scalix LDAP server
  • Integrating Scalix Administration tools for Active Directory
  • HA (high availability) and multi-server setups
  • Setting up an active/passive cluster with backup functions
  • Preparing Scalix for spam and virus filtering using smtpd.cfg and Clamav and Spamassasin

In Detail

High-end email and groupware is a domain where only few vendors can provide solutions. It is where companies like HP, Novell, or Scalix offer reliable and scalable products. And Scalix is the only one that has licensed parts under a free and open-source license (Scalix Public License). Scalix runs on Linux, is free for up to 10 users, offers a lot of possible features, ranging from caldav or syncml to clusters, and supports any client. Its flexible architecture gives you the freedom to choose your hardware platform, desktop client, security, directory, and storage infrastructure.

"With over one million mailboxes deployed, 140,000 Community Edition downloads, 5,500 community forum members and almost 700 corporate customers, the Scalix collaborating platform is the most field-proven Linux e-mail and group calendaring solution available to enterprise." —The Scalix website

With the right know-how, Scalix can be managed easily, and several thousand mailboxes are possible on a single server, Web GUIs and command-line tools help the administrator, and Scalix integrates easily with other professional tools, such as OpenVPN, Nagios, and others.

 During its history of almost 20 years, many tools and programs have been developed for Scalix to help you with your routine work. While the official documentation has several thousand pages, which are not all up to date, this book gives a detailed overview from installation to advanced setups and best practices for configuration and security. It will help you implement and manage both the free open-source Community Edition and the Enterprise Edition of Scalix.The author provides both a concise description of the features of Scalix and an easy-to-use starting guide for those new to administering it. By bringing together material that might take days to find online this book is a real timesaver.


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