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Wow! just wow!

I've been looking for a decent groupware for a small start-up company. Therefore I've been trying out Scalix, Zimbra, OpenXchange (absolute nightmare to get running*) and others. While Scalix and Zimbra are indeed serious concurrence, Kerio just stunned me by it's ease of installation (Scalix took me 1 day, zimbra 1 week, Kerio 5 minutes.**) and administration. Everything seems to work right out of the box.

Being a debian/ubuntu fan, I am missing a Kerio debian version though. It's a real pitty, because Kerio is indeed working (almost) out of the box in debian. As far as i can see the only thing that has to be rewritten is the start-stop script in /etc/init.d/.

I hope this encourages you to release a debian version of Kerio Mailserver.

Disclaimer: This is neither an official nor a supported way of installing. I am not responsible for any damage resulting from following this HowTo. Do it on your own responsibility!

Here's how I did it:

1. Get a clean Debian Etch Server System
2. If postfix/sendmail is installed, remove it:
apt-get remove postfix sendmail

3. Install the needed packages:
alien: Provides the RPM-to-DEB-Conversion
libstdc++5: Required
apt-get install alien libstdc++5

4. Download the Kerio Linux RPM-Package
5. Transform the RPM into a DEB
alien --to-deb --keep-version --scripts kerio-kms-6.3.1-2402.linux.i386.rpm

6. Install the Package
dpkg -i kerio-kms_6.3.1-2402.linux_i386.deb

7. Switch to the Kerio installation dir, and start config wizard
cd /opt/kerio/mailserver

8. As /etc/init.d/keriomailserver won't work, just stay in the dir. and start it manually: et voilą!

The admin tool can be installed accordingly on a local computer. (Don't know what a gui's doing on a server ;))

* The new version is still in alpha though...
** All of them running in "unsupported" debian etch environments, normally you probably could install all of them in less than an hour!

I am running Kerio on a XEN domU Virtual Server under Debian Etch 4.0 with 2.6.18 kernel

[Updated on: Wed, 25 April 2007 21:56]


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Obviously I'm not going to touch this on my production server, but it certainly provides hope that they could add a Debian flavor soon. I know I put in a request for that.

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On this issue, we run Ubuntu Server on our Intel & AMD Duo Core systems. Very nice. Although, to comply with KMS I installed SUSE on one of the units, as x86 even though it is x64 hardware.

KMS needs a lot to get up to speed with the current hardware and software, but works fine none the less. We see PHP errors frequently but future versions will hopefully fix that.

Since apt-get works fine with SUSE I don't have an issue except it's the only SUSE box we have.

Since they have good support at Kerio, I will only run supported OS's but have my 2 cents worth in for Debian/Ubuntu already.


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And /etc/init.d/keriomailserver:
case "$1" in
        echo -n "Starting Kerio MailServer: "
        ulimit -c unlimited
        ulimit -s 2048
        ulimit -n 4096
        cd /opt/kerio/mailserver && ./mailserver
        echo "OK"
        echo -n "Stopping Kerio MailServer: "
        PID=`pidof mailserver`
        if [ "$PID" ] ; then
            kill $PID
            echo "killing...."
            echo "not running?"

[Updated on: Fri, 09 November 2007 12:03]


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Kerio Mailserver 6.7.0 is just released. There is now a debian package and it works out of the box Razz
(Tested with Debian 5.0.1)
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