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Kerio Connect Mailserver version 7.3

Kerio Connect Mailserver version 7.3 is scheduled for release soon (and may be available as you read this, of course). This is a major release that adds important features, including a few that I suggested and lobbied for earlier.

Outlook

Let's start with the Microsoft related stuff first. This release includes an Outlook Connector client for 64 bit Outlook support as well as support for Outlook 2011.

There is a known glitch with Outlook 2011; the temporary fix is to disable delegation as explained by Kerio:



Although it is possible to share any folder type through the 'Sharing Permissions' option, there is a separate delegation dialog in the account properties which is not supported. Users can therefore share folders, however they cannot respond to invitations, or compose an email on behalf of another user

Outlook users should also see speed boosts and a new service will take care of Connector updates from now on - meaning that this is the last time you'll need to log in as an administrator if your users aren't allowed to install software. Kerio does warn that the speed improvements come from new indexing, so the initial login with the new Connector software may be quite slow.

Mac client configuration

There have also been updates to the Mac configuration assistance tools that you can run by visiting the webmail address of the server. You can now configure any or all of Apple Mail, iCal, Address Book, Entourage 2008 and Outlook 2011 for Mac almost instantly.

IOS devices can also configure Mail, Contacts and Calendars quickly and easily

Full text search

An optional feature that will allow you to search the body as well as header information. This is server side indexing and of course it will demand disk space (an additional 5-10%) and processing power - but if you need it, now you can have it.

The indexes have to build when you turn this on - Kerio estimates that it can process about 50GB of mail store per day, so you may not have this for a while after enabling it.

Anti-Hammering

Password guessing locks are now built in - I did this with fail2ban before now and I'll probably leave that running, but it's great to have this in place.

Index maintenance

A new background service will constantly sweep the message store looking for any index problems. Additionally, administrators will be able to rebuild indexes for specific users from the Admin web page. If that is added to the API (and I'm sure it will be), this will make it much easier to write code to add and delete messages, move them between folders and so on.

As always, I'm happy to answer questions, provide pricing and help with deployment issues.



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