[geeks] Thoughts re: corporate software replacement
geeks at sunhelp.org
Tue Dec 11 16:41:11 CST 2001
>I'm seriously looking for a new job and one of the things that will allow
>me to reacclimate myself to the Solaris environment would be to replace
>our NT servers. I was wondering if anyone here has done such a migration
>and could recommend the ins and outs of each software category and/or
>replacement products that are free or low cost. Keep in mind that Linux
>and FreeBSD are also options since this company has problems paying some
>of its employees and is practically flat broke.
Umm... I'll leave this part of the idea alone. I'd not be making
changes in such and environment but thats just me.
>I am looking to replace:
>Citrix Metaframe 1.8 (for admin only so a freeware solution that works
>over a modem is fine...graphical of course... i.e. I can ssh in just fine
>otherwise and may prefer it but for completeness sake I want to do a full
>migration which will eventually include desktops but I want the experience
VNC would do nicely, X11 also... but they need a *LOT* of bandwidth
compared to a dialup.
>IIS 4.0 currently using ASP for Outlook Web Access (garbage that can be
There are many free webmail programs out there... never needed one so
I can't make a suggestion.
>Exchange 5.5 (here's the toughy.. I need something with POP and IMAP
>support as well as being more than just a mail server. Something I can
>plug Outlook into temporarily and later move to an open client..)
Sendmail/postfix with a pop3 (qpopper?) and imap (no clue here)
server would do you for mail. For the groupware thing good luck. If
you find something let me know!
>Easy file services and support for NT (i.e. the best Samba package and
>tools)... and a UNIX analog for the dummies when I finally migrate the
>desktops. I'm sure this is a snap with KDE's file manager and standard
You hit this one right on.
>Something that isn't present but I need to cut my teeth on:
>Directory services, Security services, and possibly remote access.
OpenLDAP, kerberos, and IPSec or dialups respectively.
>I'm looking to build a rough Santa's workshop here that still functions in
>a corporate environment but would cure my insane boredom here and give me
>a leg up to get my ass out of here.
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