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"...The little Dell Optiplex GX260 small form that hosted SME server finally died (6 years). The SME server has been reliable as gravity all this time...."

LANMonkey - source

"The major thing I like about SME Server (and have since I worked at Mitel and they bought E-Smith) is that it just works. A very simple installation..."

Ricks1950 - Source

"...Careful consideration at development level allows ordinary, and lazy, users to throw in an e-smith and be confident that it will work just like it says on the tin.

That is no mean feat and something that has been happening for a long time here. It takes huge effort to maintain that level of quality and consistency.

SME server release cycles make Redhat look like wild mad things. This can be seen as a problem. It can also be seen as a virtue. In over 15 years of e-smithery I have not once had a production system fail due to software error or hacked due to lax security. Isn't that cool?

The server manager is old. It not accurately reflect how much has happened under the hood. It is clunky and ugly but it has one redeeming feature.

It removes almost all technical verbiage from the user interface. Add a user, Add a group, Add an ibay. It just works and the user knows nothing about passwd, shadow and shells. No mention of DHCP, DNS and PPTP. Just "remote access"