Since there aren't any blogs up yet I thought I would post this tidbit here:
I have worked quite a bit with smaller municipalities and have come to understand the pressures from the need to perform under budgetry constrains.
Many simply do not have the budget to add qualified IT to their staff capable of running Exchange, IIS and the like properly. Or purchase another expensive server just for internet control.
Well there is a solution, and guess what; it's FREE!
The software is ClearOS (available from http://www.clearfoundation.com/). It is Linux based, though completely configurable through a web interface. No knowledge of Linux is required as the entire setup is of a point and click nature through a web interface.
More advanced support such as improved SPAM filtering. system monitoring and the like, but in the 4 years or so that I have been using ClearOS and its forerunners I haven't had the need.
Our current setup at Camdeboo has ClearOS running as our mail server (offering secure SMTP, POP and IMAP and SPAM and AV filtering), internet gateway (requiring user authentication and providing advanced firewall options), FTP, and Windows file sharing for when a backup fails.
It runs on a standard PC with 2GB RAM and serves around 150 users.
Anyone lookng for help or more information as to how to integrate this into their network is welcome to contact me by email. (email@example.com)
Yours in technology