Installing Axigen X Email on CentOS 7



  • Axigen is a closed source email, calendaring and "groupware" application available for many platforms including Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and Windows. In this case I am installing on CentOS 7 which would be a common installation consideration. In this example it will be install on the Scale HC3 HC2100 cluster in the NTG Lab which will handle HA functions that you would normally want with an email server. You can easily also install to an IAAS host like Linode, Digital Ocean or Vultr.

    Starting with a standard minimal CentOS 7 template this is my build procedure:

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    Log in as root and set things up:

    yum -y install wget firewalld
    cd /tmp
    systemctl stop postfix
    systemctl disable postfix
    systemctl start firewalld
    systemctl enable firewalld
    firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=25/tcp --permanent
    firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=80/tcp --permanent
    firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=443/tcp --permanent
    firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=9000/tcp --permanent
    firewall-cmd --reload
    wget https://www.axigen.com/usr/files/axigen-10.0.0/axigen-10.0.0.x86_64.rpm.run
    bash axigen-10.0.0.x86_64.rpm.run
    /opt/axigen/bin/axigen-cfg-wizard
    

    This will then step you through the installation wizard:

    I missed getting a screenshot of you setting the password but it looks just like the others so use your imagination and extrapolate.

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    systemctl start axigen
    

    Now you can log in to the web interface for the admin console:

    http://yourserveripaddress:9000/



  • And here is the interface...

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    And for end users...

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    Calendar view.



  • Tagging @axigen


  • Vendor

    @scottalanmiller said:

    Tagging @axigen

    Thanks for the tag and for documenting so well the simple installation steps of Axigen.

    Try accessing the WebMail interface from your mobile phone. You will be presented with the Mobile WebMail interface 😉 Freshly redesigned in Axigen X.

    Also, you may "Switch to the Standard WebMail" in the desktop login page for a pure-HTML version of our WebMail that would give legacy clients (read IE -9) a taste of what web-based email could be if they upgrade to 2016's Chrome/Firefox/IE ;).

    Another note could be to mention that the firewall rules you documented do not cover the open of IMAP(s) and POP3(s) ports. Also, Axigen's default 7000 port is for telnet-like management of the server.



  • @axigen said:

    Also, you may "Switch to the Standard WebMail" in the desktop login page for a pure-HTML version of our WebMail that would give legacy clients (read IE -9) a taste of what web-based email could be if they upgrade to 2016's Chrome/Firefox/IE ;).

    What no Edge support? 😉


  • Vendor

    @Dashrender said:

    @axigen said:

    Also, you may "Switch to the Standard WebMail" in the desktop login page for a pure-HTML version of our WebMail that would give legacy clients (read IE -9) a taste of what web-based email could be if they upgrade to 2016's Chrome/Firefox/IE ;).

    What no Edge support? 😉

    Actually... It is fully supported. See here in the Supported Web Browsers section at the end of the page.



  • @axigen said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @axigen said:

    Also, you may "Switch to the Standard WebMail" in the desktop login page for a pure-HTML version of our WebMail that would give legacy clients (read IE -9) a taste of what web-based email could be if they upgrade to 2016's Chrome/Firefox/IE ;).

    What no Edge support? 😉

    Actually... It is fully supported. See here in the Supported Web Browsers section at the end of the page.

    I was simply poking fun - Edge is still a pretty hard browser to use full time, i.e. I rarely use it.


  • Vendor

    @Dashrender said:

    I was simply poking fun - Edge is still a pretty hard browser to use full time, i.e. I rarely use it.

    Well 😉 Axigen is prepared for the moment when Edge will be a bliss to use... When(if)ever that moment will come...



  • @axigen said:

    @Dashrender said:

    I was simply poking fun - Edge is still a pretty hard browser to use full time, i.e. I rarely use it.

    Well 😉 Axigen is prepared for the moment when Edge will be a bliss to use... When(if)ever that moment will come...

    I would not hold my breath.



  • How hard is it to configure LDAP/AD authentication?



  • @travisdh1 said:

    How hard is it to configure LDAP/AD authentication?

    An in that vein, does it integrate into Azure AD?



  • @Dashrender said:

    @travisdh1 said:

    How hard is it to configure LDAP/AD authentication?

    An in that vein, does it integrate into Azure AD?

    This would be awfully nice to see.



  • Active Directory and OpenLDAP are listed as supported. They appear to require an extra plugin.


  • Vendor

    @travisdh1 said:

    How hard is it to configure LDAP/AD authentication?

    We think it is easy.

    You can use an OpenLDAP or ActiveDirectory.

    OpenLDAP / Active Directory integration can be used for (all or some)

    • Accounts & groups synchronization
    • LDAP authentication
    • LDAP based routing

    See more here.

    In a multi node configuration, Axigen can also make use of an internal distributed user database for routing and authentication. More details here. This is especially useful for @Service-Providers that require horizontal scalability and do not need the integration with an external user database.


  • Vendor

    @scottalanmiller said:

    Active Directory and OpenLDAP are listed as supported. They appear to require an extra plugin.

    Only integration with AD requires an extra plugin.


  • Vendor

    @Dashrender said:

    @travisdh1 said:

    How hard is it to configure LDAP/AD authentication?

    An in that vein, does it integrate into Azure AD?

    We do not support integration with Azure AD but we do support integration with your on-premise AD (2008 and 2012).



  • @axigen said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @travisdh1 said:

    How hard is it to configure LDAP/AD authentication?

    An in that vein, does it integrate into Azure AD?

    We do not support integration with Azure AD but we do support integration with your on-premise AD (2008 and 2012).

    Many of us have moved or are thinking of moving to Azure AD, it is a major thing in the SMB space.


  • Vendor

    @scottalanmiller said:

    Many of us have moved or are thinking of moving to Azure AD, it is a major thing in the SMB space.

    Noted. I'll push this to Product Management. By the way, let me introduce our Product Community, managed by our Product Manager. This is where we stay in touch with users of our product that would like to request features.


  • Vendor

    By the way, did anybody notice the Gravatar integration in our WebMail? If you are receiving an email from an email address that is registered with Gravatar, you will see in the message pane the thumbnail of the sender.



  • @axigen said:

    By the way, did anybody notice the Gravatar integration in our WebMail? If you are receiving an email from an email address that is registered with Gravatar, you will see in the message pane the thumbnail of the sender.

    I did notice that, yes 🙂



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @axigen said:

    By the way, did anybody notice the Gravatar integration in our WebMail? If you are receiving an email from an email address that is registered with Gravatar, you will see in the message pane the thumbnail of the sender.

    I did notice that, yes 🙂

    That's interesting - but how many people actually want that?

    When my boss saw that you could integrate Facebook into Outlook, she was none to happy. I see all of this social integration as a West Coast thing, but the rest of the country doesn't really want/care about it from a business point of view.



  • @Dashrender said:

    That's interesting - but how many people actually want that?

    I do. It's just a single picture, not really that big of a deal....



  • @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @axigen said:

    By the way, did anybody notice the Gravatar integration in our WebMail? If you are receiving an email from an email address that is registered with Gravatar, you will see in the message pane the thumbnail of the sender.

    I did notice that, yes 🙂

    That's interesting - but how many people actually want that?

    When my boss saw that you could integrate Facebook into Outlook, she was none to happy. I see all of this social integration as a West Coast thing, but the rest of the country doesn't really want/care about it from a business point of view.

    I think it is a global thing and a gap in business thinking for some old school businesses in less progressive markets. Business is social and most of the world knows that. Facebook is very different than Gravatar. Do I want FB in my email, no, but Gravatar, yes. It's a universal email-based visual identity system. It helps make you more efficient and personalises a system that is often seen as impersonal. The same reason that avatars are critical in an online forum, they matter in email the same way. They make recognition and connection faster and stronger.



  • @Dashrender said:

    When my boss saw that you could integrate Facebook into Outlook, she was none to happy.

    She was unhappy that you COULD integrate it? That's an odd reaction. That sounds like someone who is mad at Facebook and upset that other people enjoy it. Like hating it when you see kids having fun at the park. No one is making you use the park or have kids, but some people are just unhappy that other people are happy with things or like different things than them.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @axigen said:

    By the way, did anybody notice the Gravatar integration in our WebMail? If you are receiving an email from an email address that is registered with Gravatar, you will see in the message pane the thumbnail of the sender.

    I did notice that, yes 🙂

    That's interesting - but how many people actually want that?

    When my boss saw that you could integrate Facebook into Outlook, she was none to happy. I see all of this social integration as a West Coast thing, but the rest of the country doesn't really want/care about it from a business point of view.

    I think it is a global thing and a gap in business thinking for some old school businesses in less progressive markets. Business is social and most of the world knows that. Facebook is very different than Gravatar. Do I want FB in my email, no, but Gravatar, yes. It's a universal email-based visual identity system. It helps make you more efficient and personalises a system that is often seen as impersonal. The same reason that avatars are critical in an online forum, they matter in email the same way. They make recognition and connection faster and stronger.

    I agree that icons are important in making fast recognition, heck there was a mixup here on ML a week or so ago because of the generic Gravatar icon that two or more people were using in a thread.
    Which leads me to the - so many people don't leave their avatars the same. Sure many ML'ers do - You, Scott does, I do and several others - but just look at Facebook, people are constantly changing their avatars, making them that much less reliable. Also, it makes stealing someone's identity pretty easy, at least for a very short amount of time.

    Going back to that thread I mentioned... If I borrowed your avatar, I could have posted things and the reader would have assumed it was you posting them because they didn't read the name, instead they only looked at the picture.

    So sure, it's not perfect, but I do see that there is some, albeit limited, value.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    When my boss saw that you could integrate Facebook into Outlook, she was none to happy.

    She was unhappy that you COULD integrate it? That's an odd reaction. That sounds like someone who is mad at Facebook and upset that other people enjoy it. Like hating it when you see kids having fun at the park. No one is making you use the park or have kids, but some people are just unhappy that other people are happy with things or like different things than them.

    Well my boss hates facebook because her employees waste time on FB instead of doing their job.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    When my boss saw that you could integrate Facebook into Outlook, she was none to happy.

    She was unhappy that you COULD integrate it? That's an odd reaction. That sounds like someone who is mad at Facebook and upset that other people enjoy it. Like hating it when you see kids having fun at the park. No one is making you use the park or have kids, but some people are just unhappy that other people are happy with things or like different things than them.

    Well my boss hates facebook because her employees waste time on FB instead of doing their job.

    You boss has control issues.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    When my boss saw that you could integrate Facebook into Outlook, she was none to happy.

    She was unhappy that you COULD integrate it? That's an odd reaction. That sounds like someone who is mad at Facebook and upset that other people enjoy it. Like hating it when you see kids having fun at the park. No one is making you use the park or have kids, but some people are just unhappy that other people are happy with things or like different things than them.

    Well my boss hates facebook because her employees waste time on FB instead of doing their job.

    It's a pretty big issue that she has no issue with the employees or the lack of work, but chooses to hate FB who is innocent in the situation. I feel like she just uses work as a means to vent her prejudices - she is not reacting like a person genuinely upset by the lack of work being done.

    Do you feel that she would equally hate food if they were wasting their time eating?



  • @Dashrender said:

    Well my boss hates facebook because her employees waste time on FB instead of doing their job.

    Is your boss the director of HR for the company? If he feels so strongly, why isn't it block via your firewall?