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ZDNet: Linux-based [Mitel] file server eases remote management

Jan 23, 2002, 20:50 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P. Deignan)

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"Mitel Networks' SME Server 5 provides a comprehensive set of network services bundled together in a turnkey solution to create a network file and print server for clients on a local area network--all built on a highly stable and secure Linux platform. The entire package is streamlined to operate in an extremely efficient manner, which means that many "extras" packaged with other Linux distributions (such as X or GCC) are not included. Although a complete installation commands as little as 320MB, naturally the product is designed to run on much larger systems, as storage for user files is necessary.

The product includes virtually every service a network administrator might need to consolidate networking services. In addition to providing file and print servers, SME Server also functions as a gateway to provide an interface between a LAN and the Internet--with firewall capability to protect the server and LAN from outside intrusion. It also provides an entire suite of application servers, (including Apache Web server) that lets users host their own Web pages, an FTP server, and an e-mail server (qmail).

For internal networks, the product ships with a broad set of services that allow it to function in the role of a Windows NT/2000 file server. Since SME Server provides these services for Linux--a platform that's more stable than Windows NT/2000--updates, patches, and new software can be installed on an SME Server without the need to reboot the server each time. Compare this to Windows 2000M, which requires a server reboot for each "critical update notification" that appears on an Administrator's screen."

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