We have an NE starter pack license which is due for renewal in the next couple of weeks. We only need 12 users so it didn't make sense going for a full license and we don't use ActiveSync or Blackberry sync to mobile devices. We don't have multiple domains in Zimbra. We forward other domains/addresses to our zimbra mailboxes. And there's only a single administrator account on the server.
So I started looking into possible switching to the open source edition. It seems that in the UK we can no longer buy our license direct from Zimbra. So I was contacted by a UK-based VMWare reseller but their quotation was almost double what we paid last year, even when excluding VAT. Mainly because paying in GBP is so much more expensive than USD.
The only differences between the open source and network editions that may affect us are...
- no online backup/restore
- no outlook connector
I've never actually got the Outlook connector working in a satisfactory manner. All our mailboxes are >5GB with some >20GB and I never got it to synchronise that amount of mail. Even just having headers stored in the offline .zdb performance was still poor when some users have up to 50,000 messages in various folders/inboxes.
It's a real shame as Outlook connecting to Exchange with RPC over HTTPS seemed to handle these mailbox sizes pretty well.
But with Exchange we couldn't have write access to public folders over IMAP which is why we had to migrate.
Lack of online full/incremental backups in the open source edition is a real negative. Though I wish it was easier to run a command to output the status of only backup operations currently in progress, rather than using zmbackupquery --from "DateTime" as you have to guess the date/time from when a backup may have started.
However my main question is about a feature called "Advanced search and file indexing for large inboxes"
It's listed on the comparison chart here... Zimbra - Compare Products
Anyone know what that actually is?
I think we currently have attachment indexing disabled anyway but not being able to do advanced searches from Zimbra would be a real problem.
With the open-source edition do you not have access to the advanced search functionality?
Anyone got any comments on what that feature actually is?