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Sun, 17 Feb 2013

Mail issues: still no rhyme or reason

The near daily issues we were seeing with our Mac-based e-mail server seem to have declined in frequency, down to once every couple of weeks or so, but it's still hard to discern what the issue is. There's no rhyme or reason to the crashes; sometimes it's the SMTP server (Postfix) that receives outside mail, sometimes it's the local mail server (Dovecot) that holds it for delivery to local e-mail clients. We've taken various measures to increase the stability of the server system, and that seems to be the best we can do.

Ultimately it's likely that we're going to stay with OS X Server because it's the least bad, or expensive, alternative; commercial alternatives such as Kerio Connect or Communigate Pro are light-years ahead of OS X's open-source components in terms of cost (anywhere from $800 to $1200, paid annually), and we have not been able to verify whether they are superior in terms of stability and performance, especially for a small company like us (two employees). Plus, with a decade of investment in the OS X Server platform, changing our structure at this point--a setup we have some expertise with--seems like a risky proposition. So, we're staying with OS X Server.

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