Zentyal – Free Small Business Server Alternative
If you have been searching for free replacement for Windows Server and Microsoft Exchange infrastructure, Zentyal may be just the thing you are looking for.
Zentyal is Linux Small Business Server, which have all major features that you may need in small office environment. From Active Directory to Exchange native support and collaboration.
Zentyal has it all. You may even migrate Microsoft Active Directory to Zentyal infrastructure, and completely embrace Zentyal as your SBS solution, with interruption in your services.
Can Zentyal completely replace Microsoft SBS or Microsoft Essentials?
Yes, yes it can!
Some of the main Zentyal features:
LDAP with similar functionality as Microsoft Active Directory.
You can join any Microsoft Windows (XP,7,8) to Zentyal domain services, and benefit from centralized user database and client policy management.
File sharing and printer sharing are basic features, but with LDAP support you have additional ACL flexibility and tighten security.
Mail server and Groupware have native support for Exchange protocol and
can completely replace any need for Microsoft Exchange Server.
You can connect your existing Microsoft
Outlook clients to Zentyal mail server through exchange protocol, without any need for additional software. It just works.
Gateway & UTM can completely replace any need for additional hardware appliances intended for antivirus protection and packet inspection. It supports VPN, QoS, RADIUS, IPS, High Availability etc.
Web Server can serve multiple web sites through virtual hosts support
Certification Authority is really easy to use, and in short period of time you can establish your own PKI infrastructure.
How to install Zentyal:
Installation process for Zentyal is really easy, and it only takes about 30 minutes.
There is no specified minimal requirements, but it runs just fine on 1GB ram with 5 HDD space, so it is really suitable for virtualization. Of course, if you want to use all features, you need more resources to run it smoothly. You could even use Zentyal cloud services to deploy your infrastructure, but keep it mind that this service is still in beta. Also, to setup proper Firewall and UTM infrastructure, you need at least two network adapters.
You can also deploy independent Zentyal installation to cloud through some VPS services to overcome need for local hardware, or to achieve DRS and backup.
So, let’s begin with installation.
First, download ISO image from www.zentyal.com, and boot your system.
2. Choose installation packets you need. If you don’t install all features right away, you can add them easily anytime after installation is done.
3. After initial packet installation, you need to configure some basics like network configuration and administrative password for later service administration.
Chose you infrastructure type. Create new infrastructure, or join server to existing.
If you chose Mail server feature installation, you will need to setup your first virtual mail domain.
That sums up installation, and you are ready to go.
3. After installation, you may login to administrative console and access overview dashboard and detail configuration options.