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Announcing Koozali SME Server 8 series is discontinued
The Koozali SME Server development team is announcing the discontinuation of the Koozali SME Server 8.x series as per
March 31, 2017.

Please see this post for more information.

SME Server 8.1 Release Notes

28 February 2014

The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of SME Server 8.1 Release Candidate 1 which is based on CentOS 5.10

Bug reports and reports of potential bugs should be raised in the bug tracker (and only there, please);

The Koozali SME Server project

The Koozali Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that governs the open source Koozali SME Server project. Koozali SME Server is a stable, secure and easy to use/manage linux server that provides common server functionalities out of the box. Many open source contributions are available that can extend the default server functionality making Koozali SME Server an even more powerful and flexible business server solution. Thousands of Koozali SME Severs have been deployed as real or virtual servers and in the cloud to serve many small to medium enterprises, and this number is growing day by day. The Koozali SME Server is free to use but it takes a lot of effort and money to develop, make, and maintain. We therefore ask you for your considerations.


Koozali Foundation Inc. together with its community hosted at is a collaborative effort of volunteers. You too can contribute to the development and continuity of the Koozali SME Server project as described on our volunteering page. Everybody is welcome to join the already 4000+ member community and can contribute with any skill set.

Financial donations

You can also show your support by making financial donations. The preferred way to make financial donations is using the donate option in the forums. You are free to choose any amount and frequency, being monthly, yearly or only once. The benefit of donating through your forums account is that your forum user name will receive a badge, showing your donation status. If you do not have a forum account, you can create one, or select the below PayPal option to make your donations.

Commercial usage

Organizations that use Koozali SME Server for their business, provide professional services related to SME Server or in any other way benefit commercially from the Koozali SME Server project, are kindly requested to consider regular financial donations that reflect their business benefits.

Koozali Foundation Inc. is happy to supply an invoice for any donations received. For more information on invoicing please send a mail to

Thank you for your considerations and support!


Koozali SME Server : STABLE releases
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SME Server 10.1
Release notes

EOL June 30th, 2024

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Direct link to the Koozali SME Server mirrors and how to become a mirror.

SME Server requires a DVD/CD, a USB Stick/Disk can also be used.

The Koozali Foundation Inc. would like to thank all of our sponsors and partners.

About SME Server

SME Server is the leading Linux distribution for small and medium enterprises. SME Server is brought to you by Koozali Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation that exists to provide marketing and legal support for SME Server.

SME Server is freely available under the GNU General Public License and is only possible through the efforts of the SME Server community. However, the availability and quality of SME Server is dependent on meeting our expenses, such as hosting costs, server hardware, etc.

As such, we ask for a donation to offset costs and fund further development. a) If you are a school, a church, a non-profit organisation or an individual using SME Server for private purposes, we would appreciate you to contribute within your means toward the costs associated with hosting, maintenance and development. b) If you are a company or an integrator and you are deploying SME Server in the course of your work to generate revenue, we expect you to make a donation commensurate with the level of revenue you generate and the number of servers your have in the field. Please, help the project

Koozali Inc is happy to supply an invoice for any donations received, simply email

Thanks and a plea for help

The development team would like to thank all of those who have involved themselves with this release.


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It may take up to 48 hours for mirrors to finish syncing, during this time you may experience problems. You can download SME Server 8.1 from

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Some notes on SME Server 8 including help on upgrades can be found at Additional information on 8.1 will be added.

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Version 8.0 of SME Server is based on CentOS 5. CentOS 5 does not support i586 architecture and as such SME server 8 is not compatible with i586 architecture. See Bugzilla:4740 and Bugzilla:6671

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Hardware that may include an internal tape drive may experience a Installer fail immediately after cd check or skipping cd check, see Bugzilla:6996 and try install again after disconnecting tape drive.

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Before performing an upgrade to SME 8 from version 7.xx you need to fully update the installation of version 7.xx before attempting the upgrade. See also Bugzilla: 6732 and Bugzilla: 7056

Changes After Beta 4

There are no major changes.

Update with ca-bundle.crt from SME 9.

Changes from Beta 3

Set sme-server as the default workgroup and domain name for new installations.

Remove insecure SSL ciphers.

Due to SMTP servers not handling SMTP Auth well only present one auth method at a time, in order, to NET::SMTP.

Allow webmail access to be selected for only the local network.

Provide the ability to force https per ibay.

Changes from Beta 2

Update to CentOS 5.10

Update footer copyright and renew full copyright text.

Latest version of Dar, 2.4.11, for workstation backup.

Workstation Backup, fix selective restore by requesting array of results from

Workstation Backup, new method to show files being restored is needed when using dar 2.4

Changes from Beta 1

nodmraid is now the default install option as many issues have been seen with dmraid.

Installer warning updated to clarify all attached disks will be reformatted.

SME Server changes to initscripts included.

Replace vfs_shadow_copy with vfs_shadow_copy2 for shadow snapshots.

Updated to latest Antivirus, ClamAV, 0.98.

Added donation text and graphic to login page and server-manager.

Modules necessary to implement .htaccess have now been loaded by default.

Changes in this release

Packages altered by Centos, Redhat, and Fedora-associated developers are not included.


- Latest version of Dar, 2.4.11, for workstation backup.

- Workstation Backup allows the day of the week to be specified on which a full backup occurs. This now works correctly for all days of the week.

- To increase reliability of backups to a Microsoft Vista drive, a one second delay was added to the backup. This issue is not seen on the newer Microsoft OS.

- Allow user setting of compression level for Desktop and Console Backups.

 For example: config setprop backupconsole CompressionLevel -6
 The default is -6, where -1 is fastest and -9 is optimal compression.

- In the console, under item 8, refer to removable media instead of USB device.

- After a restore from the console the post-upgrade event was not being performed.

- Add an option to use Wake on LAN before starting Workstation Backup.

- Workstation Backup, report cifs mount errors.

- Workstation Backup, remove temporary directory on success .

- Workstation Backup, add a choice to delete old backup before or after backup.

- Workstation Backup, ensure that the pathname passed to dar_manager is quoted to allow backup destinations with spaces, eg some USB drives.

- Workstation Backup, count backup sets from 1 and delete the obsolete set0 when it goes out of scope.

- Workstation Backup, do not fail backup for mtime/ctime mismatch

- Workstation Backup, fix selective restore by requesting array of results from

- Workstation Backup, new method to show files being restored is needed when using dar 2.4

- Don't remove the apache group during restore.

- Workstation Backup, suppress ctime error message on incremental backups.

- Workstation Backup, selective restore of deleted files.

File Server

- Replace vfs_shadow_copy with vfs_shadow_copy2 for shadow snapshots.

- Add support for Windows 8 domain joining & user login with a new registry file.


- New optional samba property smb{WideLinks}, valid values are 'no' or 'yes'. The current samba default is 'no'.

 For example to enable samba Wide Links
 # config setprop smb WideLinks yes

- Add windows network performance enhancements registry file that can help Windows slow logons.


- Two new optional samba properties smb{ServerMaxProtocol} & smb{ClientMaxProtocol}.

 For example: # config setprop smb ServerMaxProtocol NT1

- Remove the samba_audit specific logrotate configuration which was causing an email to be sent to the admin every night.

- Enable smb auditing per ibay, it is disabled by default. Auditing is enabled via

 # db accounts setprop ibayname Audit enabled
 # signal-event ibay-modify ibayname

- Prevent emailing about the normal, weekly, checks of RAID arrays

- Update ServerName (Samba netbios name) when SystemName is updated

- Workaround a deficiency in the proftpd package where it does not handle long lines correctly in its configuration file. This caused FTP to fail when large numbers of local networks were configured.

- Ensure Deny from all is on its own line in 15LimitLOGIN

- Update default ServerName in 30smbServerName, and change default Workgroup and Domain to sme-server

LDAP (Optional in SME 8.1, and considered experimental)

- Fix init-account script when LDAP auth is enabled.

- Fix group creation/modification when LDAP auth is enabled.

- The ldap.init script which starts just after the ldap service waits for slapd to be to available. The logic to check if slapd is ready was corrected.

- Add missing dependency on openldap-servers.

- The ldap log files can take significant space on servers with a lot of users. This update will ensure old BDB log files are removed.


- Latest translations included.

Mail Server

- Updated to latest Antivirus, ClamAV, 0.98.1

- Fetchmail multidrop mode follows TCPPort setting.

- Avoid use of unitialised variables in smtp migrate fragments.

- Allow smtp_auth_proxy to use port 587 with STARTTLS.

- Due to SMTP servers not handling SMTP Auth well enable the use of a blacklist to remove the troublesome methods.

 For example to remove CRAM-MD5:
 # db configuration setprop smtp-auth-proxy Blacklist CRAM-MD5
 # sv t /service/smtp-auth-proxy
 More than one method can be removed:
 # db configuration setprop smtp-auth-proxy Blacklist "CRAM-MD5 DIGEST-MD5"
 # sv t /service/smtp-auth-proxy

- imap-relocate-maildirs action was removed. It was no longer necessary and was sometimes very slow.

- The soft memory limits for pop3 and pop3s were increased. Two new optional database properties pop3{MemLimit} and pop3s{MemLimit}

 For example to increase the memory limit
 # config setprop pop3s MemLimit 50000000
 # expand-template /var/service/pop3s/env/MEMLIMIT
 # config setprop pop3 MemLimit 50000000
 # expand-template /var/service/pop3/env/MEMLIMIT

- New optional qmail property qmail{ConcurrencyLocal} and default for /var/qmail/control/concurrencylocal changed to 20.

 For example to decrease the local concurrecny limit
 # config setprop qmail ConcurrencyLocal 6

- Modify domain style pseudonym pointing to user with dot in name.

- Accept messages with no body and no trailing \n after headers.

- Prevent email delivery failure with required updates for perl-Net-DNS and qpsmtpd.

- New optional spamassassin property spamassassin{MaxMessageSize} to allow for spamassassin qpsmtpd's plugin size limit to be changed.

 For example to also scan larger files
 # config setprop spamassassin MaxMessageSize 1500000

- Make CipherSuite secure by default and tls ciphers defaults to disallow SSLv2.

- Fix how qpsmtpd tags spam email.

- Add template to extend the functionality of SSL verified certificate to IMAP and SSMTP transactions

- Update ClamAV to release 0.97.8.

- Load TextCat plugin if ok_languages is enabled.

- Removed the databytes file from qpsmtpd config to honor the maximum message size settings. See

- Include /usr/bin/refreshclam

- Remove workarounds for how qpsmtpd tags spam email.

- Remove insecure SSL ciphers.

- Add keepalive option for tcpsvd for imap and imaps services.

- Use stunnel-tls instead of sslio to wrap imaps service.

Server manager

- Added donation text and graphic to login page and server-manager.

- Update footer copyright and renew full copyright text.

- Do not load mod_ssl for httpd-admin as it is not needed and creates log noise.

- If the browser used to access the server-manager used lower case for %escapes a blank screen would be shown. The server manager URL processing is now case-insensitive for %escapes.

- Fix more uninitialized warnings in log (httpd/admin_error_log) from

- Remove log noise (httpd/admin-error-log) when accessing the Create Starter Web panel in server-manager.

Webmail and Groupware

- If IMAP is disabled in the server manager email panel, IMAP will now listen to the loopback interface to allow webmail to function.

- Webmail no longer uses SSL over loopback interface.

- Allow webmail access to be selected for only the local network.

Web Server

- Modules necessary to implement .htaccess have now been loaded by default.

- Disable index listing of Apache icons folder.

- PHP's magic_quotes are deprecated so should no longer be used. The php.ini will now have "magic_quotes Off" instead of fully removing it as the default is ON.

- Change wording of Software Update button.

- Remove insecure SSL ciphers.

Other fixes and updates

- Remove old System Name from the Hosts DB

- Fix warning in /var/log/messages by correctly initialising the relevant variable. The warning related to the HW Address of a NIC.

- user-modify-unix script could take many minutes, it has now been optimised to take only seconds

- The memory limit for pppoe was increased to 100Mb.

- On upgrading from SME Server 7 to SME Server 8 an email could be sent to the admin everyday due to a modified /etc/updatedb.conf file. This update ensures the correct /etc/updatedb.conf file.

- Updated SME root server template as D-root changed its IPv4 address on the 3rd of January 2013.

- The console would crash when no value is entered as static gateway in servergateway(-private) mode. Improved error-checking in isValidIP() prevents this.

- Use file locking to make sure that only one copy of the masq script is running at any particular time.

- Add python-hashlib so we can read newer repodata signatures.

- Point mirrorlist to

- Increase memory limit for ntpd.

- Add an audit for groups.

- Set sme-server as the default workgroup and domain name for new installations.

- Provide the ability to force https per ibay.

- Prevent server being used in NTP amplification attacks.

- Modify template to allow Squid proxy https access to ports other than 443,563

- Add logcheck to help analyse errors in the log files.

- Refer to removable media not CDROM in console restore.

- Remove old images.

- Update with ca-bundle.crt from SME 9

General features

- Based on CentOS 5.10 and all available updates