AXIGEN Mail Server 7.0 Beta, Now with Fresh Mobile Email & Centralized Management Features

Category: Product Releases
Published on March 09, 2009

Dear AXIGEN Friends,

We are happy to announce the release of the new 7.0 Beta version of AXIGEN Mail Server, introducing fresh mobile email, collaboration and centralized management functionalities such as built-in support for Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®, LDAP and Active Directory synchronization and much more:

- Handling business operations is now easier when using AXIGEN 7.0's built-in Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®* support for mobile devices. The Push email technology and synchronization of Contacts/Calendar/Tasks provides road-warriors with instant access to mission critical information such as messages, contacts or appointments, enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency.
- The LDAP and Active Directory synchronization feature makes it easier for service providers to centrally manage and retrieve customer accounts settings and perform operations such as adding new services, deploying centralized security policies etc. For enterprises, the Active Directory Management Console integration provides increased manageability of domain accounts and control over group membership.

For details on all the features and enhancements available in version 7.0 Beta of our messaging solution, please see the list below.

To test the AXIGEN 7.0 beta release first hand, please register and download it from the Beta Testing dedicated section on our website.

Please note that a new AXIGEN Outlook Connector 7.0 Beta is also available for download within the same Beta Testing section and that you need to install it if you wish to test AXIGEN 7.0 Beta’s groupware and collaboration features. To see all that's new in AXIGEN Outlook Connector 7.0 Beta, please check the list below.

The Beta testing campaign will last for approximately 2 weeks. As always, we invite you to send us your impressions, ideas and questions regarding this new release, or any other AXIGEN versions, product features or licensing. Please feel free to contact us at:

Best regards,

AXIGEN Mail Server 7.0 Beta

1. New features
Built-in support for Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®*
- Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® mobile clients can synchronize their emails, contacts and Personal Organizer with AXIGEN Mail Server.
*The Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® feature will be available as an add-on for AXIGEN once the commercial version 7.0 is released. Testing it will only be possible for commercial registered customers, on request.
- The 'Out of Office' auto-responder shared between AXIGEN WebMail and Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® can be activated always, or just for a specific time interval; the responder can be applied to internal and/or to external users.
- The 'filteringThreads' configurable parameter has been added to control the number of threads handling message filtering.
- When creating a new user, its associated 'Sent', 'Drafts' and 'Trash' folders are also created.
LDAP and Active Directory Synchronization
- Accounts and groups in a domain can be synchronized with associated LDAP entries; for an account, the following items are synchronized with LDAP: its contact information and its quotas and restrictions; for a group, the items synchronized with LDAP are its members.
- Synchronization is supported for OpenLDAP and ActiveDirectory servers through their LDAP-based synchronization protocol using LDAP cookies (RFC 4533).
- Synchronization can be done in the following ways:
-- from AXIGEN to LDAP: changes on a AXIGEN object (account/group) are propagated upon the associated LDAP entry.
-- from LDAP to AXIGEN: changes on a LDAP entry are propagated upon a corresponding AXIGEN object (account/group).
-- both ways: changes in one part (LDAP or AXIGEN) are propagated upon the corresponding object in the other part.
- Synchronization supports configurable merging operations between changed values and is performed through the already existing LDAP connectors in AXIGEN, which were extended to support additional capabilities (Account/Group base DN, AXIGEN schema for LDAP)
- An extension** is available for the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, allowing system administrators to configure AXIGEN accounts and groups' properties
**Available for testing in the commercial version of AXIGEN Mail Server 7.0

2. Enhancements
Memory management module
- The maximum virtual memory size (in MB) can be specified in the command line with the '-m/--ulimit-v' option, or in the environment with the 'AXI_MEM_LIMIT' variable. The minimum value is 0 and the maximum value is 4095. The default value is 0 which means it uses the VMSIZE specified by the 'ulimit' command.
- When the server starts, it can reserve some memory which will be used in critical conditions. The amount of memory reserved can be specified in the command line with the '--mem-reserve' option. The value is in MB, the minimum is 0, the maximum is 1024 and the default is 200.

3. Bugfixes from the previous version
- The WebMail Proxy service sometimes did not close the connection with the client.
- In certain conditions the WebMail Proxy service entered into an infinite loop.
- In certain conditions the explanation given by a remote SMTP server in case of errors was not included in the NDR (Non Delivery Report) generated by AXIGEN.
- If the remote SMTP servers rejects the connection and gives the explanation on multiple lines, AXIGEN now includes the entire explanation in the generated NDR.
- Attachments with international characters are now correctly saved from IE.
- The new email notification pop-up did not close automatically on IE.
- The usage of fonts in the HTML Composer window has been fixed.
- Replying to a particular mail no longer causes the WEBMAIL JS script to stop responding.
- If an advanced search is performed in the Public Folder root, the server no longer hangs when stopping.
- Trial and domain appenders used to break a message if it only contained a message/RFC822 attachment.
- Some emails containing RFC non-compliant MIME were not properly displayed by WebMail and AXIGEN Outlook Connector.
- An admin-user with domain configuration/account/filters rights can now modify user filters.

Note: Platform and application support changes
- Added support for the following distributions: Fedora 10, OpenSUSE 10.3, OpenSUSE 11.1, Gentoo 2008.0, Ubuntu Server 8.10, Mandriva 2009.0, Slackware 12.2, OpenBSD 4.4
- Removed support for the following distributions: RedHat Enterprise Linux 3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, Novell Open Enterprise Server 1, Fedora 8, OpenSUSE 10.2, Gentoo 2006.1, Ubuntu Server 7.04, Mandriva 2007.1, Slackware 11.0, Slackware 12.0, Slackware 12.1, OpenBSD 4.2

AXIGEN Outlook Connector 7.0 Beta
Bugfixes from the previous version
- Specific calendar events are now shown in Outlook Connector.
- The 'Reply to all' function no longer adds the local user in the 'To' or 'Cc' field.
- The IMAP literal string size representation no longer causes Outlook to truncate the last character.
- Recurrence requests can now be accepted.
- Outlook treated the notes created in WebMail as mails; they were updated in Outlook and then moved to WebMail.
- Two alert messages used to appear when creating a new filter.
- Calendar/Tasks/Journal entries created in WebMail no longer disappear from WebMail after being updated in Outlook.
- X-Mailer no longer shows version 6.1.1 for the latest Connector releases.
- Mails were not sent to Bcc recipients if the Bcc field contained a large number of addresses.