SME Server


SME Server provides a complete ‘all-in-one’ Open Source Linux Business Server solution for Small to Medium Enterprises, providing Windows Domain work-group and file sharing for Microsoft, Mac, and Linux/Unix Workstations, Email Server, Web Server, Database Server, Application Server, Internet Security, Remote Access, Anti-virus and Anti-spam, as it’s core functions. Licensed under the General Public License (GPL), SME Server and Application Software/s are free for unlimited users, extremely reliable, scalable, and secure, offering the lowest cost-of-ownership Business Server solutions.
A wide range of open source applications are maintained by the Koozali developers.

Realm Business Systems are Gold Supporters of SME Server

SME Server configuration is managed by fragmented templates and a configuration database.  The ‘fine detail’ Server configuration is managed by customising copies of the template fragments and setting db variables to suit your requirements. These customised template fragments are stored in a separate folder to the default templates, therefore they are portable in the case of server backup or restore, or reversible by deleting and reverting to original settings.

SME Server – Small to Medium Enterprise Server

  • SME Server is a central file server enabling seamless information exchange between Windows, Macintosh and Linux/Unix workstations, supporting Windows7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95 workstations.

  • SME Server provides ‘Windows’ Domain/Workgroup and Domain Security for Microsoft workstations. User account security with roaming profiles, group-based login script for shared drive mapping, and Domain User/Group file permissions. Shared folders can be accessed by Windows, Mac, and Linux/Unix workstations.

  • A high performance Email Server offering unlimited users and groups, aliases, forwarding, and fetching. Supports all industry standard email client software, providing secure local and remote email access using POP3/SSL, IMAP/SSL, SMTP/SSL, SMTP AUTH over SMTP/SSL, SMTP/SSL Relaying, Webmail, and email integration with local websites and databases.

  • Clam Antivirus email and storage scanning. Virus definitions are kept up to date automatically with programme updates via the software installer. Email attachment handling, including the ability to block EXE, ZIP, PIF, and automatic conversion of TNEF or UUENCODE encoded attachments to MIME.

  • SpamAssassin Spam Filtering with automatic tagging X-spam-status headers, and optional filtering and subject tagging. Configurable rejection levels. Centralised white-list / black-list management.

  • High performance Apache Web Server to host your company Internet and Intranet websites and web-based applications. Web-based open-source applications can be accessed from any workstation on the internet offering seamless access to business applications.

  • High performance MySQL Enterprise Database Server.
  • Disk drive redundancy with two hard disks as RAID1; 3-5 drives as RAID5; and 6+ Drives as RAID6.
  • Disk Quota Management.
  • DHCP Server, DNS Server, Multi-Domain Server.
  • PHP Server – a server-side HTML embedded scripting language. It provides web developers with a full suite of tools for building dynamic websites.
  • Internet Access and Security, Firewall, Router, Web content filtering, remote access. Remote access using enhanced security features that reduce the risk of intrusion; OpenVPN, PPTP VPN, SSH Secure Shell remote access, Secure FTP, Secure HTTPS.
  • OpenVPN – Secure Certificate based VPN Access to shared server resources.
  • Automated Backup to tape, USB disk, NAS, or SMB workstation share. Optional redundant hot-server backup using a local or remote secondary SME Server and AFFA (Automatische Festplatten Fernarchivierung).
  • Unlimited User, Group, Domain, and Email accounts.
  • Reliable and Secure, minimising business disruption.
  • Simple web-browser Administration and User configuration Panels.
  • Licensed under the General Public License (GPL)
  • SME Server uses CentOS

SME Server (known as e-smith at the time) was founded in January 1999 by Joseph and Kim Morrison. The company introduced the first version of its flagship software product, the e-smith server and gateway, in April 1999. By the end of the year, many thousands of e-smith servers were running in countries from Fiji to Finland. Word was spreading quickly among developers and systems integrators who needed a solid, easy-to-use server for their small-business customers. In July 2001, e-smith was acquired by Mitel Networks, but was later released as an open-source product under the GPL licence. In May 2013 a new not-for-profit organisation was set up to manage SME server. Due to copyright issues it was named Koozali SME Server Inc. The word “Koozali” approximates to Swahili for “rebirth”. Future versions will use this name. The distribution, which is based on CentOS, is currently entirely funded by donations.

Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 16:10:56 -0400
From: Kim Morrison <>
Subject: e-smith press release

e-smith announces the release of the e-smith(tm) server and gateway

 -- an open source Internet server combining the power of Linux, the
cost-effectiveness of PC computers, and unprecedented ease of use. -- 

Ottawa, Ontario - April 617, 1999 - e-smith, inc.  announced the release
of its new thin server, called the e-smith server and gateway.  This
open source Linux distribution, when installed on PC-compatible computer
converts it automatically into a Internet server that provides web,
email, routing, and security services. Installation of the software is
completely automated and an attractive user interface makes
configuration and network administration easy.  Because the e-smith
server and gateway has been optimized for ease of use, it brings the
power and reliability of Linux within reach of small and medium sized
businesses that have no prior Linux experience.  

The e-smith server and gateway includes a CDROM, manual, and your choice
of technical support options.  An e-smith server and gateway with three
months of phone and email technical support costs US $195. 
Alternatively, you can purchase the product with one year of phone and
email support for US $390.  Finally, a media-only version of the e-smith
server and gateway, which includes documentation and CDROM but no
support or warranty, is available for US $40.  The e-smith server and
gateway can be downloaded at

About e-smith, inc.
e-smith, inc. is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and has been in the
Internet server business since early 1998.  Formerly known as Powerframe
Internetworking, the e-smith team has extensive experience in developing
and deploying Internetworking technologies.  

For more information on e-smith, inc. and the e-smith server and
gateway, contact or visit their corporate web site at

kim morrison		director, sales & marketing 
e-smith, inc.
(613) 236-0743