Friday, June 25, 2010

Worth Mentioning: IceWarp Server v10.1


For those of you that are now running IceWarp Server V10, and update has been released to V10.1. At the bottom of this post a link to the entire 10.1 features update document is provided. It really is worth a read, so please take a look, download, and enjoy!

A few highlights worth mentioning here:

1. Global Address List – No longer requires Groupware license. The global address list will be available to all users even if the Groupware license is not purchased.

2. Support for Embedded Images - The ability to embed images into messages composed within the WebClient is now possible.

3. Additional Browser Support – Full support for Google Chrome and Opera browsers.

4. Full ActiveSync Support – ActiveSync is now supported for any device with ActiveSync compatibility. (Windows Mobile 5.0-6.5, iPhone, Android, Nokia, and all others.

5. Kaspersky Anti-Virus – There is now full support for Kaspersky anti-virus and customers will be able to choose between the Avast or Kaspersky AV engine when purchasing.

6. Google maps integration – You now can have instant address look up and mapping right from the email.

Here is a link to a What's New in 10.1 document.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

“Perfect” Score for IceWarp


IceWarp Server 10 receives a perfect score from Unified Communications Magazine!unified-communications-magazine-logo

In his review Tom Keating writes; “The buzzword "unified communications" gets thrown around pretty easily these days. Companies with solutions that cover just two or three model methods of communications often consider their products as part of the "unified communications" spectrum. It is true they are unifying at least two disparate communications, so technically they are within the UC realm. However, I have discovered perhaps the one and only "true" unified communications solution that covers just about every communications method you can think of and most people probably never heard of them.

Keating further states: “Imagine a product that combines email, instant messaging, VoIP, FTP server, Web server with PHP support, Groupware, SMS, ActiveSync, SyncML, WebDAV, antivirus, and anti-spa along with a feature-rich AJAX-based Web-based UC client. That's exactly what you get with IceWarp Unified Communications Server 10.”

Read the entire
Unified Communications Magazine review.

Monday, April 12, 2010

New Release: Kerio Connect 7.0.1


OK – Spring Break is over and I’m back in the saddle in my office.  Time to catch you all up on the latest info and releases.  I’ll start with Kerio Connect (formerly Kerio MailServer).

Kerio has a new release of Kerio Connect available.  It is now available for download from our here. Changes since our last release;

Kerio Connect
+ Added support for Nokia N900.
- Calendar event attendee status was not updated in Apple iCal sometimes.
- Contacts synchronized to Apple Address Book using CardDAV could contain incorrect notes.
- Contacts with picture synchronized to Apple Address Book could be duplicated.
- Fixed high client CPU usage when synchronizing contacts with empty pictures to Apple Address Book.
- Domain forwarding for unknown recipients was not working correctly for domain aliases.
- Using a domain alias in sender address could cause email rejection due to a non-existing DNS record.
- Fixed issue with connection to Active Directory LDAP server using the DIGEST-MD5 authentication.
- Calendar application on DROID mobile devices was not synchronized with the server.
- Newly created resources were not synchronized to CardDAV clients. - Fixed issue with contact synchronization from Nokia mobile devices.
- Fixed stability issue caused by overloaded HTTP services.
- Fixed rare crash on server shutdown.
- Some Windows Mobile 6.0 devices could not be configured with Kerio Connect.
- Changing tasks on Nokia phones with Mail for Exchange client could cause synchronization failure.
- Fixed high network overhead when synchronizing Apple AddressBook via CardDAV.

Kerio Outlook Connector (Offline Edition)
- Fixed stability issue when using the mshtml.dll system library.
- Emails could not be sent from Microsoft Outlook running on Windows XP and using SPA authentication.

Kerio Connect Administration
+ Added support for sending reports to Kerio Technologies.
- Group membership could not be changed for users authenticated in a directory service.
- A username in the email address format could not be used for the SMTP relay authentication.

Kerio Sync Connector for Mac
- Certain contacts created in a CardDAV client were not synchronized by Kerio Sync Connector for Mac.
- Fixed compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard 64-bit.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Muse: Windows 7 - I’m Buying In…


I have to tell you that after the release of Windows Vista and all of the ensuing problems – I was more than a little skeptical when Windows 7 was released. All of the rumors of incompatible hardware and software, lofty system requirements, no direct migration from Windows XP were my main concerns, just to name a few. Basically, I suspected that once again Microsoft may have laid and egg wrt it’s desktop operating system, so I moved forward very cautiously. The Deerfield offices would just have to live on XP for awhile longer.

I am a very mobile person, and as such have a number of laptops in my life. My “MO” so far in my professional life has been to leave a breadcrumb trail of laptop computers in various places that I frequent. This for me has been a little more convenient than dragging around the ultimate “power portable” everywhere I go. What this means however, is that I have laptops that are still in service that I purchased in 2002 and are based upon the Pentium 4 and Celeron processors with 512MB to 1GB of RAM. So – relative to Windows 7, if the hardware compatibility wasn't an issue the processor power and RAM was.

So – I was at a point with a couple of the machines thinking that they were ready for the recycling center. Running XP is almost not-serviceable on these machines any more – even with the OS’s pared down to the bare minimum. The reason is because XP has been service patched so many times over its life time by MS, that just the bare vanilla OS with an anti-virus installed practically consumes all of the system resources, and basically results in a slow pig of a machine.

Having nothing to lose and also as a result of some positive experiences with other machines of a little better capability, I decided to try loading Windows 7 on these 2 particular machines just for grins. To my surprise, even the Celeron with 512MB performs fairly well! One thing that I am geeked about is that Windows 7 (and Vista before it) has a feature called “ReadyBoost” that allows you to use an inexpensive USB drive as a virtual cache, that helps speed up machines with limited RAM installed (btw – the 512MB machine and the 1GB machine were at their memory maximum, so their RAM could not be expanded). I purchased 2 Kingston 8GB USB drives for about $24 a piece from the local Kmart, and plugged them into both of these machines.

Just so you know – I installed Windows 7 Enterprise N on these machines form our MSDN subscription. Once the initial install was completed it was onto the hardware drivers issues. Guess what? with little effort both machines work in full screen resolution, and all drives, network, wireless, ports, and panel controls work. This was almost unbelievable considering neither manufacturer has Windows Vista, or Windows 7 drivers available for these machines. However some of the devices did not come to life until after the first time I ran Windows Update on them. So – basically on stock drivers provided by MS – these old boat anchors are working fairly well! What I did lose on both machines was the ability to put them in “sleep” mode. They will shutdown properly, and can also be hibernated - I am sure this has something to do with the implementation of ACPI in these machines. To be quite honest – sleep never worked properly with XP on them either. But – I thought that it was a small price to pay for another breath of life into these machines that were about to be set out to pasture.

One more thing – I was not able to “upgrade” windows, but had to perform a “custom installation” which is basically a clean install with the exception that your existing data and folders are intact with the exception of your old Windows folder structure that get renamed to Windows.old.

So – if you have some old machines in your life that are at least P4/Celeron or above and you feel adventurous, give it a go! you might actually be pleased with the result. MS has made me a believer in Windows again. Here’s the hoot. I’m actually writing this from a car dealership waiting lobby on my MacBook Pro via a Remote Desktop connection to a machine at the office so I can access Windows Live Writer (the best offline blogging tool PC, or Mac). You got all of that right?

Windows 7 - It was my idea ;)

Friday, March 19, 2010

IceWarp Training and Webinar Videos


As a longtime partner and IceWarp Distributor, one of the things that I really admire is how well of a job IceWarp does conducting webinars on the various subjects of email server administration. Mail server administration is not for the faint of heart, and a good collection of resources is (still today) difficult to find.

The IceWarp webinars have been archived by IceWarp and made available to those that were not able to attend the live events. The current archive contain about 25 or so webinars covering topics from anti-spam best practices to mobile synchronization.

The webinars are specific to IceWarp Server (formerly Merak MailServer and VisNetic MailServer), however the information contained within each would be beneficial to almost any email administrator.

There are also some upcoming webinars that you may be interested in attending live, however if this does not fit your schedule they will be archived on this site for viewing at a later date.

The complete listing of archived webinars can be found here. Enjoy and happy viewing!

Monday, March 15, 2010

IceWarp Releases IceWarp DeskClient Beta


New Beta serves as a secure Outlook replacement – Optimized for IceWarp Server

IceWarp has extended its offerings recently to include a new desktop client that will provide users an option to the ever-growing, performance zapping MS Outlook. IceWarp DeskClient is universal in that it supports any standards-based email server, however it is optimized for IceWarp Server. Personally, I really welcome this as I have been increasingly dissatisfied with MS Outlook. The Outlook interface and functionality is nice, however it really comes at a price in terms of system requirements and cost. Keep in mind that the only means to acquire Outlook is to purchase MS Office.

IceWarp DeskClient integrates Email, GroupWare, secure Instant Messaging, and much more. It is extremely flexible, providing the power to adjust the interfacesecure outlook replacement to meet the unique needs of your organization. Whether you are migrating from MS Outlook or from an open-source alternative, IceWarp DeskClient provides organizations with all the features users need and expect.

Calendar Interface

calendar IceWarp DeskClient is one of the most comprehensive interfaces on the market, giving users the ability to simultaneously view multiple calendars across multiple sources. Plus, DeskClient offers support for both Free/Busy and iMIP/iTIP, which gives users the power to check the availability of colleagues and schedule meetings.

Optimized for IceWarp Server

IceWarp DeskClient is optimized to fully interact with IceWarp Server, ensuring easy setup and seamless synchronization of all data. Plus, users will be able to share all data; they simply need to fill in their user names and passwords, and the client will exchange all necessary settings with your server via SmartDiscover.

Integrated IM client

IceWarp's integrated IM client enables communication between users and groups. Features include privacy lists, avatars and customizable notifications. ChatIM client history is logged in real-time, and is displayed in the Sidebar or can be opened in a separate window. By default, the IceWarp IM client is docked in IceWarp's intelligent Sidebar; however, each user has the option to detach it.

Revolutionary Taskbar

taksbar A powerful search engine quickly locates all information within the client. Full communication and attachment history ensures that all past conversations and projects are preserved whether they're done through Instant Messaging or e-mail.

Data import

data import The integrated import engine supports full import from MS Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail or any .eml file. Contacts and Calendars can also be imported from iCalendar (.ics) or vCards (.vcf). Additionally, Contacts can be imported from Google or Facebook.

The current beta of IceWarp DeskClient can be downloaded here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Is E-Mail Dead? Not So Fast!


email-tombstone Since 2006, pundits have been predicting the death of e-mail. The word on the street is that people--particularly under 30s--have abandoned e-mail for IM, texting, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Jim Lodico, author of the Social Media 2.0 blog, summarizes the reasons most often given for e-mail's demise (among them: too slow, takes too much time, too much spam).

But new research suggests it may be too early to give e-mail last rites. In "View from the Social Inbox 2010," Merkle, a customer relations marketing agency, finds that time spent with personal or social e-mail in the fall of 2009 was even with the prior year. "Nearly three-quarters of respondents spent at least 20 minutes a week e-mailing friends and family." What's more, Merkle found that social network users check their inboxes more frequently than those who shun social sites. "Forty-two percent of social networkers check their e-mail account four or more times a day, compared to just 27% of their non-networked counterparts."

Merkle's findings were similar to those reported by The Nielsen Company in "Is Social Media Impacting How Much We Email?" Nielsen also found that social media use makes people consume more e-mail, not less.  In part, that's because you can choose to get an e-mail every time a friend comments on a posting or engages in an activity. And as people make connections though social media, they "may extend those connections to e-mail."

The prediction that social media will kill e-mail reminds me of the premature death notices that accompany nearly every new technology: TV will kill radio, videos will kill movies. Most times, old technologies survive by changing. (Do you want to see Avatar on video at home or in 3-D on a big screen at the theater?)

Communications consultant Flora Novarra, commenting on Lodico's post, makes a succinct case for e-mail's survival. "Would you really want to get your bank statement through your social network? Would you want a tweet from your ex arranging weekend visitation?"

New technologies simply give people more choices.

--Marilynne Rudick

(c) E-WRITE, 2004 - 2010.

Marilynne Rudick and Leslie O'Flahavan are partners in E-WRITE, a training and consulting company that specializes in writing for online readers. Rudick and O'Flahavan are authors of Clear, Correct, Concise E-Mail: A Writing Workbook for Customer Service Agents