Server Administration

The Axigen Solution: Overview & Architecture

Smartly structured administration offers the option of local or remote access to servers. With the web-based administration front-end, configuration is a breeze and maintenance simple and straightforward, while all day-to-day tasks can be easily automated.

Account classes

All account management uses inherited hierarchies and defined exceptions, so you can easily create different groups of accounts, differentiating the service levels (allowed services, message size quota, filters applied, etc).

  • Configuration groups

You can create groups of users that share the same set of settings, such as service availability, mailbox usage quotas or anti-virus / anti-spam scanning. Account classes also allow applying default domain settings as well as account-specific exceptions.

  • Restrictions for sending / receiving messages

Restrictions for sending to specific recipient addresses or receiving from specific sender addresses can now be defined. These restrictions can be set as a policy for an entire domain, for an account class or for specific accounts.

  • Dynamic configuration inheritance

Changes to domain-wide settings or account classes are instantly propagated to all accounts

  • Multiple administrative users
  • Groups for simplified management
  • Server level permissions

Fine-grained control delegated administrators’ access level by setting specific server-level permissions like: manage server configuration, manage services, manage backup, manage reporting, manage delegated administration etc.

  • Domain / subdomain level permissions

Domain administrators may have full permissions for a domain or a limited set, such as: manage accounts, manage groups, manage public folders or manage filters. The same permissions may be granted on a sub-domain level.

  • Domain / subdomain level restrictions

A domain administrator may use restraints such as limiting the maximum number of users, maximum quota per user etc. for a specific domain. The same restrictions may be enforced on a sub-domain level.

  • Subdomain administration

All the permissions and limitations set on domain level are automatically used when creating sub-domains that can further be administered as standalone domains. The server administrator can enforce the maximum number of sub-domains that a domain administrator is allowed to create.

  • Delegated backup

Delegated administrators may download backups of their domains.

Administration: web based, command line

Configure service specific parameters through Axigen's Web Administration interface, with quick links and contextual help. Alternatively, you can automate administrative and provisioning tasks using the Command Line Interface with a web API.

  • Remote server administration

Server administration can be performed either remotely or from the local network, using a secure connection to the Web Administration Console or using the Command Line interface, for lower bandwidth connections.

  • Automated operations

Recurrent operations (inactive account deletion, storage compacting or any other administrative command) can be automated by using scripts that run the actions through the CLI.

  • Services availability per account

You can enable or disable specific sets of services (IMAP, POP3, WebMail, RPOP) in order to differentiate end-user service levels.

  • User groups

By creating user groups, others can send messages to predefined groups of email addresses (e.g. sales@yourdomain.com, support@yourdomain.com).

  • Random password generation for new accounts
  • Secure password enforcement

You can define password strength policies (minimum password length, required sets of characters and so on), restricting the users from setting simple passwords.

  • Automatic creation of accounts from LDAP
  • Overquota notifications

Mailbox quota usage thresholds can be configured such as users get notifications via email or WebMail pop-ups whenever the limit is exceeded.

  • Delay the delivery of selected messages

Axigen allows you to selectively postpone the delivery of specific messages - for instance, delay with 10 minutes messages from the sales department in order to avoid accidental sending (those messages can be removed from the queue), or postpone delivery of lower importance messages for night-time. This feature can be applied for messages from specific sender and sender domains, recipient and recipient domains, message sizes and so on.

Delegated administration

Delegate administrative tasks to specific administrative users/groups with predetermined membership hierarchies and permissions for a specific domain / subdomain or even for specific operations.

Reporting & statistics

  • Server & traffic statistics

You can monitor system load, connected users and sessions for each service, message queue size, average times spent executing service commands, values of inbound and outbound traffic counters etc. in order to obtain an overview of the server’s health and activity.

  • Data collection and export

The increased granularity of the reporting service allows you to easily generate charts and reports at server level, for a specific domain (useful for Service Providers monitoring multiple domains and required to provide reports for each customer) or even for specific users in special cases. Collected data can be aggregated in charts or exported in XML or CSV formats.

  • Graphic charts

All collected data can be represented in a graphical chart, using different types (bars, lines, etc), colors and outlines for differentiation. More than one parameter can be represented on the same chart, to facilitate the comparison between them. In most frequent cases, the selected interval has more collected values than can be displayed on the chart. Aggregation functions such as average, max, min etc., can be applied to allow relevant representations. Once a chart has been generated, the zooming option can be used in order to drill down within a selected interval to analyze the event of interest.

  • Detailed storage reports

You can inspect storage utilization for each domain, as an overview or in details, for each element of the storage (domain objects, account storage and messages). Delegated administrators may also inspect storage utilization information, if they are granted permission to do so.

  • SNMP service

Server running parameters can be monitored in real-time using standard SNMP monitoring systems.