Best Spam Filter? Exchange 2000

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by JeffPell, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. JeffPell

    JeffPell n00b

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    I am looking for the best exchange 2000 spam filter. This needs to be a server side app. I have been shying away from a lot of the ones i've found on the internet because they are all ranging about $40 per license. I don't want to spend a bundle since we will probably be upgrading our server to 2003 within the next year.

    If anyone has any cheap solutions, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Haven

    Haven I Only Post Important Stuff

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    We are using a Barracuda Spam Firewall. It is wonderful. It may be a bit more than you are looking for, but it works great! This way if you swap out your Exchange server, it isn't effected by that. Also if you have to take down your Exchange server for a while, it acts as a backup mail server and will hold everything till the Exchange server is back up and running.


    I highly recommend them. LDAP lookups mean that your Exchange server isn't spending time dealing with messages that don't go to anyone, so it drops the load on the Exchange server. It clears out Viruses, spam, phishing attacks.
     
  3. XOR != OR

    XOR != OR [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I would put a qmail box before ( and after ) the exchange box, running all of your AV/spam software.

    To that end, I use spamassassin and *love* it.

    As with the Barracuda system, this is a pre-server solution, so if your exchange system went down, you wouldn't lose any mail.

    If you know what you are doing with linux and qmail, this is about 4 hours worth of work ( over estimating ). If not, they it's something you might want to hire an outside company to handle. Depending on how many users you have, that may still be cheaper than buying something at 40 per user.
     
  4. MrGuvernment

    MrGuvernment [H]ard as it Gets

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    would say SpamAssasin is one of the top rated

    GFI mail essentials is what i use on our Exchange system 2003. - has alot of great features.
     
  5. screwmesa

    screwmesa [H]ard|Gawd

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    Another GFI user here.
     
  6. Zamboni

    Zamboni [H]ard|Gawd

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    We used an external company for our filtering (www.appriver.com). Their filtering was better than anything we tried onsite, and their web interface allowed a lot of control of what got filtered and what was let through. I think it was only $79 total for 50 accounts. They also cache incoming emails in case your server is offline, so it allowed us to do maintenance on the email server whenever we felt like it.
     
  7. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Fantastic performance
    http://www.cloudmark.com/

    Or outsource it to some 3rd party place to "wash" your mail for you..remove spam and viruses. The data center next to my office does that for a looooot of clients.
     
  8. Uraki

    Uraki n00b

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  9. feigned

    feigned [H]ard|Gawd

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    I really, really, really like this thread.
     
  10. Skarekr0w

    Skarekr0w Gawd

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    We did use GFI here at work, but I think a few of our hosted customers are using MXlogic now and its supposed to be superb.
     
  11. MrGuvernment

    MrGuvernment [H]ard as it Gets

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    I am sur 3rd parties are great - but i would prefer to keep it in house and in my control - i know u sign agreements they cant read your email or anything - but how do you know some late night employee isnt bored and decides to skin through your CEO's messages about the company going under and stocks are dropping......
     
  12. mngl1500

    mngl1500 2[H]4U

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    I use the GFI products running on a seperate Windows 2000 box that only runs the GFI and BlackBerry server.
     
  13. feigned

    feigned [H]ard|Gawd

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    You don't give a help desk monkey access to things like that, that's how.

    It's easy as shit to do without a 3rd party product, keep that in mind.
     
  14. u4ia

    u4ia Limp Gawd

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    Another vote for Barracuda's.

    We've deployed about 10 of them to clients, huge success, and very little admin time required.