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    Good morning,


    What specific Spam filter product do you guys like for:

    Small SBS server 2008, with 20 or so clients?

    Thanks in advance. They're getting so much spam, we can't figure out what's going on. It's nuts.

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    Re: Spam filter Opinions?

    With such as small network, I do not think it will be cost effective for you to have your own spam filter solution. Have you considered moving this to a cloud based service?

    The way it would work is that you would modify your MX record for you domain and point that record to the cloud spam filter service, they filter, then they would be configured to send mail directly to your messaging server inside your network.

    Costs for this type of service can be as little as a few dollars per yer per user. Of course, without such few clients, it may be a bit more expensive, but not as expensive as you buying your own software and/or appliance, cost of maintenance, support, etc...
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    • #3
      Re: Spam filter Opinions?

      Consider Messagelabs (now part of Symantec) -- they offer a very good service, stopping well over 90% of spam.

      I have had good experiences with PolicyPatrol for a local solution, but management is more onerous than a cloud solution
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      • #4
        Re: Spam filter Opinions?

        I think cloud would be better, good points both of you.

        I've tried to set up a hosted GFI MailEssentials solution today, but they have the-worst tech support I've ever dealt with in my life. Seriously.

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          Re: Spam filter Opinions?

          Sorry for the ad, but I use and resell Exchange Defender and find it excellent for businesses small or large.
          TIA

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            Re: Spam filter Opinions?

            As an additional note, I am sure you'll find a lot of different options you can run either as software or as a hardware appliance on your network. One additional benefit of using a cloud based spam filter service is that 90% of the emails will not make it to your server (because its spam), thereby using up less of your bandwidth.
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            • #7
              Re: Spam filter Opinions?

              Originally posted by teiger View Post
              Sorry for the ad, but I use and resell Exchange Defender and find it excellent for businesses small or large.
              Don't be sorry for the plug! Send me some info, if you think it'll help us.

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                Re: Spam filter Opinions?

                Originally posted by nharvey View Post
                I think cloud would be better, good points both of you.

                I've tried to set up a hosted GFI MailEssentials solution today, but they have the-worst tech support I've ever dealt with in my life. Seriously.
                I'm surprised at that, we've setup GFI MaxMail for a few customers and had no issues. It's much cheaper than MessageLabs, and there is no earthly way that their support can be worse than Symantec's.

                We normally use GFI where people want hosted, Sophos PureMessage for in house.
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                • #9
                  Re: Spam filter Opinions?

                  Just put Exchange Defender into
                  TIA

                  Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
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                  • #10
                    Re: Spam filter Opinions?

                    Whatever you decide to look at, don't sign a long contract.

                    There is no universal solution that works for everyone. I have seen pretty much every product/service work well, and the same product/service fail completely elsewhere.

                    All of them will block the spam, that isn't an issue.
                    What is an issue is what it blocks that it shouldn't do - the so called "false positives". Therefore get a short list and then evaluate them on your email flow (quarantine everything so you can check). That is the only way that you will know for sure.

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