Easy to use Administration Console
The browser based secure Administration Console enables easier day to day management of email and collaboration server, providing domain and enterprise level control to Administrators to provision entities (domains, users, class of services and groups (distribution lists), define mail policies and password policies, provide access control, access archived mails etc.
Secure role based Administration Console
Define administrator roles to have a limited view of the system, once they log into the administration console. This allows you to define levels of administration like super administrator with all rights, a junior administrator who can only add users and reset passwords, etc.
Manage the server operations
Using the advanced command line interface and the dense knowledge base, the super administrator has access to configuring the server properties (timeouts, thresholds, global block rules, etc), start/stop/restart services, tune the services and components, power off and power on the server, manage mail queues, storage, perform backups, etc. Each activity is tracked in logs for audits and review if required.
Provisioning and Managing Domains, Users and Groups
Using the Application Manager interface, the administrator can provision domains, users, groups and also configure their properties. The provisioning can be done in bulk (typically done during migrations) from the command line. The Application Manager interface offers two perspectives of the entities, viz . the Entity view to see all the properties of a single entity and the Application view, which gives a spreadsheet like interface to see related properties for multiple users. The interchangeable use of these two interfaces and the granular attribute control allows the administrator tremendous flexibility when configuring the properties of the entities.
Class of Service (COS)
To manage large sets of users, typically organisations group the users into types/classes like managers, sales team, HR team, etc and assign properties like quota, mail policies, access rights etc to the sets so that each user in the set receives the same properties. This makes the provisioning very easy, since a newly added user is simply attached to the appropriate type to inherit the properties of that classs/type. Connect Xf provides an easy way to manage classes of users by providing a Class of Service (COS) entity, which is an easy way to specify the default behavior for a set of users. The administrator creates COSes as per the required types/classes in the organisation and classifies each user with the relevant COS.
Subscription manager component, which tracks your purchased user count, and the subscription end date. As you use the system and approach the threshold, the administrative interface throws up alerts to enable you to refresh the subscription certificate by purchasing extra users or renewing the same.
Backup for server recovery
The administrator can configure scheduled jobs to perform regular backups of the entire configuration data (ldap, database and configuration files) as a single zip file, which can be stored offline to support a full server rebuild if required. The backup operation is capable of copying the backup file to the selected destination or media like a mounted remote drive or tape. Typically these jobs run once a day during off peak hours and capture a snap shot of the system state.
This is separate from the configuration data backup and exclusively includes only the mail store. This job compresses and zips the entire mailstore either a single zip file or individual zip files (per user) and transfers them to the medium of choice. Owing to the very nature of the job, where the entire mail data is compressed and zipped using the Linux tar utility, this method of backup is best suited for mail stores smaller than 50 GB. For anything larger than 50 GB, Mithi recommends deploying a specialised backup tool, which will support incremental backups and an interface to restore granular parts of the backup (even a single mail).