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SME Server 9.0 Release Notes

The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of SME Server 9.0 which is based on CentOS 6.5.

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

Chris Burnat


Linux distributions like the Koozali SME Server project rely on the efforts of individuals who shun the limelight and work tirelessly in the background ensuring we all have a distribution that is more than just "the usual".

One such member of our community was Chris Burnat, sadly on Wednesday 11th June 2014 Chris passed away. He was a long time user-developer and one of the most ardent supporters of Koozali SME, we all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

The release of Koozali SME9 was and is dedicated to Chris Without him it would be nowhere near ready.

If you download and use it, please remember him and his work, and that of all the other contributors who work tirelessly to make Koozali SME Server as good as it is.

We extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to his family. Please go here for further details

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The Koozali SME Server project

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Koozali SME Server : STABLE releases
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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


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


Important.png Note:
In-place upgrades to SME 9.x using yum or CD are not supported due to design constraints imposed by CentOS.

It is necessary to backup the old server & then restore to the new server. Contribs will need to be reinstalled.

The simplest way to do this is via a Console Backup to attached USB disk on the old server. Alternatively use one of the Backup & Restore options available in server manager panel, ie backup to desktop, or backup to workstation (either to attached USB or network share). Other non standard options exist to Backup virtual servers that do not have USB ports etc, & Restore to similar virtual systems, eg using ssh.

Information.png Tip:
The Restore from USB on first boot function (on a newly installed SME 9 server), will only utilise backups that are saved as smeserver.tgz files, which are the Console backup to USB or the server manager backup to Desktop. The server manager backup to Workstation (either to USB or network share) creates a "backupdate.dar" type filename (or multiple split parts) & cannot be used to restore using the Restore on first boot function, it can only be used for restores from server manager.

Information.png Tip:
After a Restore to new hardware, networking may not be functional. This is caused by the restored NIC settings being incorrect for the NIC's in the new hardware. To fix this, login as admin & from the console menu select Configure this server. Step through the screens & choose the new hardware network card (NIC) drivers, & leave other settings unchanged.

Upgrade via Console backup to USB drive

  • Log in as admin & Backup the old server via a Console Backup to attached USB disk. This may take many hours if you have a lot of data on your server, depending on USB port speed, USB drive speed, & types of files being backed up ie whether already compressed or not etc. Typically for 250Gb of data on your server hard drive, 2 to 4 hours.
  • Install the SME 9.x OS from CD on the new hardware (on new server).
  • Select to do a Restore on first boot of the newly installed SME Server 9. Only attach USB containing the backup file, when asked on first reboot. Restore may take a few hours depending on data size etc. Make sure you wait for the Restore complete message.

Upgrade via server manager backup to Desktop or Workstation (USB or network)

  • On the old server in server manager, configure the required backup in the Backup or Restore panel. Schedule the backup to run at a suitable time. This backup can be to a workstation desktop for systems with a smaller amount of data, which creates a smeserver.tgz backup file, or to a locally connected USB drive or to a network share, & creates xx...xx.dar files, split into multiple parts if configured & data size is large. This may take many hours to run depending on data size etc.
  • On the new SME9 server, manually configure the identical backup job in the server manager Backup or Restore panel. The backup job MUST point to the exact same location that the original backup file is saved to.
  • Select the Restore function within server manager & select the full backup you want to restore from. This may take many hours to run depending on data size, network speed etc. Make sure you wait for the Restore complete message.
  • Basic networking configuration of the new and/or restored SME9 server will be required if different from original server.

Upgrade using command line restore via ssh or USB

  • It is possible to use the command line to transfer a backup file via ssh (or USB) to the new server & then to run the restore. Standard & non standard backup concepts & procedures are outlined in the Backup server config Howto, If using any non standard method, then the integrity of your SME server data cannot be guaranteed.
  • To do a standard backup & restore using CLI, on the old server log in as admin & perform the Console Backup to USB drive (to a locally connected USB). Alternatively using suitable commands, a smeserver.tgz backup file could be created & saved to / folder, refer Howto.
  • Install the SME 9.x OS from CD on the new hardware (on new server).
  • Answer No when asked if you want to restore from USB during the first boot.

  • If you created or have the backup file on the old server, transfer the smeserver.tgz backup file via ssh from your old server to your new server. Both servers must be connected & remote access enabled
  • On the old server do:
scp -P zzzz /smeserver.tgz newserverIP:/

(where zzzz = port number)

  • If you saved the backup file to USB, then transfer the smeserver.tgz backup file from USB to your new server
  • Log in as root or a root user on the new server & do:
mount /media/usbdisk
cp /media/usbdisk/Backup-date-folder/smeserver.tgz /

(replace usbdisk with actual mount point name & Backup-date-folder with actual folder date name)

  • After the backup file has been copied to the new server, on the new server do:
cd /
signal-event pre-restore
tar -C / -xzvf smeserver.tgz
/sbin/e-smith/signal-event post-upgrade
/sbin/e-smith/signal-event reboot
  • Before restarting the new server, disconnect old server from network (as you will have clashes due to duplicate IPs)
  • On new server do:
cd /
rm smeserver.tgz
  • Note the backup & restore may take many hours to complete depending on data size etc.
  • After restore, the Configuration of the new server should be identical to the old server.
  • Note with two servers connected during ssh copying operations, basic networking configuration of the new unrestored SME9 server will need to be temporarily different to the old server to avoid clashes

Reinstall Contribs after restore

Add on contrib rpm packages will need to be re-installed on the new SME 9.x server as these are NOT included in the backup. Contrib data & configuration is included in backups & will be restored, but its usefulness will depend on the contrib design being unchanged between older (SME7/el4 or SME8/el5) & SME9/el6 package versions.

Delete & Reconfigure Manual tweaks

Other manual tweaks eg custom templates or scripts, will need to be deleted & recreated in line with SME 9.x template code & base code.

Where extensive modifications have been made to the "old server (eg SME8.1)", it is recommended to carry out a test backup & restore upgrade first, to discover any problems & ascertain suitable fixes & workarounds. Removing contribs & custom templates before upgrading is recommended.


/boot partition is always RAID 1.

The spare handling for RAID arrays is not implemented.


Changes from SME9rc1

SME Server 9.0 Release Candidate 1 released on 12th May 2014

Changes from Beta 4

USB installs now supported.

RAID 'n' now supported.

ISOLINUX menu screen added.

Allow workstation backup to mounted drive.

Changes from Beta 3

The installer has been substantially modified in Beta 3.

The remaining relevant patches from SME Server 8 have been ported.

Note: The spare handling for RAID arrays is not implemented. Workstation Backup has had many minor changes, see below for details.

A new feature has been introduced to block SSH login attempts,

It is set by default to reject SSH connections when there have been 3 or more requests in the previous 15 minutes.

See the link above to tune the defaults, or to disable:

db configuration setprop sshd AutoBlock enabled

signal-event remoteaccess-update

Changes from Beta 2

The installer has been substantially modified in Beta 2. It now creates the degraded RAID1 array with a single disk install. Some, but not all, install options are now supported.

The base has been updated to CentOS 6.5

The network interface code has been reworked to remove all hardcoding relating to eth0 and eth1.

Changes in this release

This section will be further updated in a later release Currently this only shows changes since SME Server 9.0 Alpha 3 and it is autogenerated from the changelogs. A more human readable version will be written.

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


- Workstation Backup, do not exclude dar files by default in line with console 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.

- Simplify the workstation backup report.

- Workstation Backup, count backup sets from 1.

- Update the text in the Backup panel.

- Allow more time for cifs mounts before reporting errors.

- Dar updated to 2.4.10.

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

- Workstation Backup, remove temporary directory on success.

- Refactor directory tree creation and removal.

- Workstation Backup, inconsistent formatting of host share name in messages.

- Workstation Backup, more reliable catalog creation.

- Workstation Backup, report cifs mount errors.

- Workstation Backup, do not access /proc/mounts

- Incremental backup fix.

- Workstation Backup, allow spaces in the backup destination. Includes fix for disk usage broken with spaces.

- Desktop Backup, allow user setting of compression level.

- Use Wake on LAN before starting Backup with DAR.

- NFS syntax is deprecated for CIFS mount.

- Require cifs-utils and use UNC paths for cifs mount.

- Improve text in console backup for success and failure.

- Console USB Backup, allow user setting of compression level. Compression level of the console backup is now -6 by default.

- Patch to exclude trying to backup aquota.* files so that backups to tape will succeed.

- Update to the latest version of console restore.

- Boostrap console should only offer restore if no password set.

- Delete items from dar catalog in descending order

- Minor non-functional updates based on PerlCritic and review comments

- Move console backup to e-smith-backup

- Workstation Backup, selective restore of deleted files

- Remove migrate fragment 30vfstype

- Workstation Backup, Don't delete old sets, only empty them.

- Workstation Backup, Mail and WOL now subroutines

- Workstation Backup, remove the need for a temporary directory, updated.

- Workstation Backup, backupname includes seconds.

- Simplification of the time routines.

- Workstation Backup, remove the need for a temporary directory.

- Allow configuration of workstation backup if no removable disk present

- Create simplified function for updating the DarCatalog

- Workstation Backup, do not create folder in /

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

File Server

- Also remove the empty template-begin file in pam.d/proftpd templates.

- Remove unused pam templates.

- Replace vfs_shadow_copy with vfs_shadow_copy2 for shadow snapshots.

- Add template for wide links.

- Add templates for max protocol.

- Add support for Windows 8 domain joining & user login.

- Add windows network performance enhancements registry file.

- Update default ServerName in 30smbServerName

- Add ability to configure waiting for network Win7 registry option.

- Change default Workgroup and Domain to sme-server.

- Fix mod_sftp/mod_sftp_pam invalid pool allocation during kbdint authentication.

- Replace vfs_shadow_copy with vfs_shadow_copy2 for shadow snapshots.

- Remove 20smb as migrating from pre-SME7 is not supported

LDAP (Optional in SME 9.0, and considered experimental)

- Adjust slapd ACL to change dn.subtree to dn.children.


- Latest translations included.

Mail Server

- Only present one auth method at a time, in order, to NET::SMTP.

- Remove limit properties from the imaps DB entry.

- Apply process limits to dovecot.

- Include /usr/bin/refreshclam

- Allow webmail-only-local-network.

- Fix handling of messages with no body and no trailing \n after headers (eq was used in attempted assignment).

- Fetchmail multidrop mode follows TCPPort setting.

- Always enable imap, listen on loopback is disabled.

- Avoid use of unitialised variables in smtp migrate fragments.

- Simplify qmail concurrency templates.

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

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

- Fix Net::DNS update breaks qpsmtpd.

- allows the spamassassin plugin to read the size limit from its arguments

- Move clamscan scheduling to complete before 99-raid-check.

- Listen on loopback if disabled.

- Fix permissions on imapd.pem as it's used by pop3s.

- Do not obsolete bglibs, it's required for cvm.

- Allow plaintext (unless explicitly disabled).

- Do not obsolete cvm, it's still needed for qpsmtpd.

- Fix size_limit initialization.

- reads MaxMessageSize prop of spamassassin and adds it to the arguments of the plugin if defined.

- Requires e-smith-cvm-unix-local.

- Load TextCat plugin if ok_languages is enabled.

- Fix how qpsmtpd tags spam email.

- Remove Packager and Vendor from spec file.

- Revert last change.

- Sources are local, do not download them.

- Updates to release 0.98.1

- Handle exceptions during attempted SASL auth. Add more debug tracing.

- Remove DENYSOFT on SPF softfail

- Remove insecure ciphers

- Remove workarounds for how qpsmtpd tags spam email

- Fix whitespace in 10required_score

- Update SBL and RBL Lists

Server manager

- Renew donation text in server-manager.

- Do not load mod_ssl.

- Remove log noise from Create starter web site panel.

- Add security fix for CVE-2013-4113.

- Renew donation text and graphic in server-manager.

- Update footer copyright and renew full copyright text.

- Change wording of Software Update button.

- Roll new stream to remove obsolete images

- Remove references to obsolete images, by Stephane de Labrusse

- Fix new starter website.

- Update location of Primary index.html.

Webmail and Groupware

- Allow webmail-only-local-network.

- Don't use SSL over loopback.

- Replace last change with a default value for horde access

- Ensure initialisation of variables in webmail-only-local-network.

Web Server

- Force magic_quotes Off.

- Remove insecure ciphers

Other fixes and updates

- Add ssh-autoblock for external interface.

- Do not hardcode NIC names to eth0 and eth1.

- Return nic names in probeAdapters so we can drop HWAddress.

- Remove HWAddress prop from interfaces.

- Remove the "swap interface" feature.

- Remove obsolete VLAN code.

- Load the bonding module if NIC bonding is enabled.

- Define the udev-post service in the DB.

- Provide the ability to restrict ibay access to http.

- Restart rsyslog in logrotate event.

- Set smb ServerName if unset.

- Don't reload init in bootstrap-console-save and console-save.

- Fix add_new_disk_to_raid1.

- Provide the ability to force https per ibay.

- Add an audit for groups.

- Update the full names of users added in %pre.

- Fix uid and gid to be the same for the users added in %pre.

- Changed Prereq to Requires(pre) as Prereq is deprecated.

- Patch to correct issue with not being able to access a password protected ibay.

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

- Remove old System Name from the Hosts DB.

- Fix group creation when LDAP auth is enabled.

- Disable IPv6 on a default install.

- Continue escaping control chars in rsyslog, just replace LF with space.

- Use UTF-8 in the console.

- Remove redundant parts of init-accounts.

- Add_template_to_ssl.pem, codes by JP Pialasse.

- Require diald.

- Removal of rc.e-smith now functionality is in e-smith-service.

- Replacement of rc.e-smith by moving code into e-smith-service.

- Fix the way '.' works in bash.

- rename /etc/ldap.conf to /etc/pam_ldap.conf (and same for .secret).

- Always define InternalInterface NICBonding.

- In the console refer to removable media instead of USB disk.

- Fix a few more syslog => rsyslog items.

- Remove modprobe stuff.

- Don't be as agressive on rate limiting.

- Change syslog templates to rsyslog.

- Ensure existing_hwaddr is always initialized.

- Change System Name from mitel-networks-server to sme-server.

- Patch to remove symlink to Primary ibay from /home/e-smith/files/primary.

- Patch to correct issue with not being able to access a password protected ibay.

- Correctly display accented letters in the console.

- Add e-smith as a Requires(pre) and remove adding users in %pre.

- Fix uid and gid to be the same in create-system-user.

- Ignore mysql.event table.

- Use --single-transaction in mysql-dump-tables.

- Use mysql_upgrade instead of fix_privilege_tables.

- Increase memory limit for ntp.

- Make rsyslog listen to our socket.

- Remove rc.quota_create.

- the config file is radiusclient.conf, not radiusclient-ng.conf.

- Add templates for radiusclient-ng.conf file to remove binaddr directive.

- Add directive to options.pptpd so that radius plugin can find the radiusclient configuration file..

- Fix permissions of /etc/radiusclient-ng/servers.

- Add hack for running rc7.d script during runlevel 4.

- Apply SME Server config file changes to pwauth.

- Fix libgomp obsoletes to not obsolete el6 version.

- Change order of mail options in check4updates.

- Fix parsing issues with "manage RAID" menu option in the console.

- Remove SSH v1 legacy support.

- Support nolvm boot option.

- Create degraded RAID1 array with single disk install.

- nodmraid is the default for SME 9.0 installs.

- Give more time to the grub menu.

- Update installer hard drive warning.

- Customize confirmation dialogs during fresh install.

- Run installer in 'text' mode.

- Roll new stream to really remove obsolete images

- Roll new stream to remove obsolete images

- Move console backup to e-smith-backup

- Remove from e-smith-base and move to smeserver-support

- Console restore should reboot

- Boostrap console should only offer restore if no password set

- Add restore backup as a console item for freshly installed servers

- Non-code changes to

- Refer to removable media not CDROM in console restore

- Remove insecure SSL ciphers

- Add more PHP options to ibays only by db commands

- Add SSLRequireSSL to ibays when SSL is set to enabled

- Force https per ibay should not be the default for existing ibays

- Add textbox() to, getLicenseFile to

- Update frame header and footer

- Use mysql_upgrade in 00_restore_dumped_dbs, by Terje Edseth

- Use mysql_upgrade --force due to upgrade to MySQL 5.1

- Prevent server being used in NTP amplification attacks.

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

- Add -n 1 to the dmesg line in rc.sysinit to prevent unwanted messages appearing on the console

- Correct offest in runlevel7 patch to avoid .orig file

- Remove CentOS Branding patch

- Add logcheck to help analyse errors in the log files

- Roll new stream to remove obsolete images

- Move from e-smith-base to smeserver-support

- The console license page now uses dialog's textbox.

- Ensure console is run with taint checking.

- Add a verification in the console of number of pptp clients against ip allowed in dhcpd

- Add a verification in remoteaccess panel of number of pptp clients against ip allowed in dhcpd

- Display a warning with the domain name before to remove it

- Move mysql logging to multilog

- Remove the information_schema

- Fix error with flush of xt_recent SSH connections.

- Add option to tcpsvd to set socket keepalive.

General features

- Based on CentOS 6.5 and all available updates

Known issues

  • It can happen that during installation or after changing network interfaces, they appear in reverse order to the system, leaving the network (LAN/WAN) non functional. This has been fixed.

Fixed in e-smith-base-5.6.0-10