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Jun 22 2008   1:40PM GMT

[TLBAT] Messaging, collaboration, IM …. an opensource alternative to Microsoft Exchange

alessandro.panzetta Alessandro Panzetta Profile: alessandro.panzetta

Another post to present a free tool, another post to save your low budget!

When building an IT infrastructure, one of the features you HAVE to consider is to provide messaging and collaboration tools to your customers (normally your employer…alsways remeber: the users are your customers!); considering to buy Microsoft Exchange is always the first choice but as you know this will cost you money that, with some little sacrifices, can be saved.

Once again I’ll focus on a VMWare appliance (ok, it’s clear that I do love VMWare appliances!) that you can download, burn or mount as an ISO image and then start the VMWare machine and have an almost ready tool for the production evironment.

This time the VMWare appliance consists of a Linux based machine (rPath linux) and the preinstalled Zimbra Collaboration Suite 4.5. On this link you can download the ISO image that you can mount on your VMWare Server/Player (more instruction in this previous post) and once you have powered on your VMachine you can have a free, opensource, reliable messaging and collaboration server.

Hereafter some screenshots:

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  • Suzanne Wheeler
    Thanks again for another great tip! I wish I had your help at my last job. Hope your move went well.
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  • alessandro.panzetta
    The move is still on the way; I'm already in place but I need my two girls (wife and daughter) with me!! Keep on reading as I suggest new TLBAT posts...you'll see how much money you can save!
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