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ServerWatch: CommuniGate Pro: An advanced mail server... for a multiplatform enterprise... [Review]

Mar 11, 2000, 17:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

"We installed CommuniGate Pro 2.9 on Windows NT and Slackware Linux mail servers. While the installation procedures were specific to operating systems (on Windows NT, CommuniGate Pro is installed as a mail service, while on UNIX and Linux systems CommuniGate Pro must be configured as the default message handler -- a process that is managed for the most part by CommuniGate Pro). After installation of the base files, you perform more advanced configuration via a Web browser connecting to a HTML front end. This browser-based administration -- especially amongst the UNIX versions -- is noteworthy. (For those used to a stripped-down approach, CommuniGate Pro does support a command-line interface to administration tools.)"

"Within the administration tool, settings are divided into four groups (or realms, in CommuniGate Pro parlance). The postmaster (usually the super user or root user) has access to all four groups by default. In addition, more users can be granted access rights on a group-by-group basis. Three of the realms -- Settings, Master and Accounts -- will be used to configure the system, grant permissions and add user accounts upon installation, while the Monitors section will be used on a daily basis, as it monitors overall server performance and provides access to the Server Logs."

"You must add users individually; there's no way to add users from a Windows NT user directory, a UNIX user database, or an LDAP directory. (This is definitely a drag for enterprises.) Once added, however, a user authentication method can be set up to use the operating-system password and not a password specified by CommuniGate Pro. (With Windows NT, this would be the domain authentication system, while on UNIX/Linux/FreeBSD systems, this would be the passwd and shadow authentication mechanisms.) This isn't the best solution -- some sort of direct support for an authorization tool like RADIUS would be preferable -- and better support for operating-system user databases should be a priority in future product development."

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