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ufkm

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I currently host Kerio Connect on a Mac. I was considering shifting to the cloud using Amazon Web Services. AWS, however, doesn't offer Mac-based instances, only Windows and Linux. As I evaluate the various options, I was hoping to get some feedback and narratives of experiences of the members of this community with respect to running Kerio Connect mail server in a Windows environment in lieu of a Mac environment.

1) First and foremost, for which OS is Kerio Connect best suited or optimized (if at all)?
2) What are some of the differences (pros/cons) between hosting on a Windows machine vs. a Mac machine?
3) Is Linux a good alternative?

Any comments and suggestions with respect to choice of OS as well as experiences with AWS would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much!
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My IT Indy

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I would probably lean towards a flat-fee VPS instead of Amazon where you cannot control your costs.

We host on CentOS and it's been rock solid for years.

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MacOS is much more closer to Linux than Windows. If you looking for hosted plan (amazon, linode and others), your system will be touched hackers and other acid dangers Wink I would select Linux, which is more widespread between hosting, more secure in deep network. By the way, after you install kerio, you will only use web interface, which is the same on windows and linux Smile
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My IT Indy

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I would NOT host a high volume Kerio Connect server on a Mac, HFS+ doesn't handle this well at all.

With ANY virtual environment like Linode, AWS, etc you are directly connected to the Internet so you have to know how to protect your server at all times.

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billybons2006

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HoosierMac wrote on Wed, 11 December 2013 16:00
With ANY virtual environment like Linode, AWS, etc you are directly connected to the Internet so you have to know how to protect your server at all times.

Yes. Or try in your private network, test working and after that order virtual server on the internet.

If you prefer Linux I can tell example of iptables rules (Linux firewall). If you prefer Windows, you still MUST select firewall. I think, novadays Windows Server has +/- stable and secure firewall, but you must know how setup it. And it it not easier, than the Linux. Only difference - GUI, which is very useful if you a novice.
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