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SME Server 8.1 Beta 1 Release Announcement

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SME Server 8.1 Beta 1 Release Announcement
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:13:47 AM »
SME Server 8.1 Beta1 Release Notes

30 September 2013

The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of
SME Server 8.1 Beta 1 which is based on CentOS 5.9

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


About SME Server

SME Server is the leading Linux distribution for small and medium

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 small donation to offset costs and fund further

Please visit http://wiki.contribs.org/Donate to donate.

Thanks and a plea for help

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


1. CentOS 5 has dropped support for i586 and therefore SME Server 8.1
   will not work on i586 hardware. [See bugzilla:2845]. i586 hardware
   means processors before and including Intel Pentium, Pentium MMX;
   AMD K5, K6, K6-II, K6-III and Via C3. i686 architecture processors
   are Intel Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III; AMD Athlon,
   Athlon XP and later.

2. Some notes on SME 8.1 including help on upgrades can be found at

3. Please note it may take up to 48 hours for mirrors to finish syncing,
   during this time you may experience problems.
   You can download SME8.1 from
   or for other methods see http://wiki.contribs.org/SME_Server_8

Changes in this release

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

- 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.
- 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, be compatible with destinations that include spaces.
- Workstation Backup, remove temporary directory on success .
- Workstation Backup, add a choice to delete old backup before or after backup.

File Server
- 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'. 
  see http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/manpages-3/smb.conf.5.html#WIDELINKS
  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

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
- 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.

Server manager
- 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 HTML.pm.
- 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.

Web Server
- 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.

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.
- 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 mirrorlist.contribs.org
- Increase memory limit for ntpd .

General features

- Based on CentOS 5.9 and all available updates

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