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jaikudo

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Hi everybody,

This is my first post and you are probably going to see a few from me as we are currently on a 30 day demo and have quite a lot of questions which are not appropriate to bother Support with. Here is the first of them:

The latest Fedora supported by Kerio is 7 and the latest SUSE is 10.2. These both go off vendor support in 2008. Fedora 7 could be gone in just a few months! We really don't want to have to upgrade the server too often but we can't really run on a vendor unsupported version either as the system will be internet accessible and needs to be patched up well. We don't want to run a distribution not supported by Kerio as we might need support later. We don't want to pay for RHEL.

I guess other Linux users must be in the same boat if they don't run RHEL. What are your thoughts? What would you recommend we do?

How safe is it to upgrade Fedora or SUSE over the top of an existing KMS install? How much downtime should we expect? Would it be foolish not to have a temporary replacement server to cover the upgrade?

Are we being too chicken in sticking to the officially supported Linux versions?
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maxfontana

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jaikudo wrote on Tue, 29 January 2008 11:18

Hi everybody,
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Are we being too chicken in sticking to the officially supported Linux versions?


Hi...never thought about CentOs ? I've been running it on my 3 linux servers since 3 years. Never had a problem! KMS is running on a CentOs 4.3 machine since 8 months flawlessly...

Regards,
Max
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jaikudo

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MaxFontana wrote on Tue, 29 January 2008 10:34

never thought about CentOs ?


I asked Support about CentOS and they are considering whether it can be regarded as a supported platform. My hope is that they will see it as just RHEL with a different name and logo and give it the thumbs up.

You say that you are running KMS OK on CentOS. Is this a production server or a test server? If it is a production server, do you worry about it not being officially supported?
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maxfontana

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Actually It's an "hybrid" test/production server Smile
I'm migrating very slowly my users (about 50) from a Qmail server to KMS. Right now I'm at about the 40% of the job. Process runs smoothly. No big problems 'till now.
That's way I can tell you I'm not so worried about CentOs and its unsupported status.

Best Regards,
Max

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88fingerslukee

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I have three machines running CentOS (one on 4.5, two on 5.1).

KMS runs on 5.1 and is a production server. I tested KMS on both versions of the OS and it ran flawlessly. There isn't really too much to worry about with this software. Once you can get the mailserver installed (which is mind-numbingly simple), everything is handled natively. You don't have to set up any other servers or daemons at all. All the processes are withing KMS so you just edit your firewall and let KMS bind to the correct ports.

CentOS is stable and is based on RHEL. Since RPM was invented by RedHat, CentOS also natively handles the RPM package install that Kerio provides. I suggest you try it.

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