SmarterMail 8.x Help
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Professional Edition vs. Enterprise Edition

SmarterMail Professional Edition has all of the features required to host a fully-functional mail server. SmarterMail Enterprise Edition offers additional features, including:

  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync add-on
  • Advanced collaboration–shared calendars, contacts, tasks, and notes
  • LDAP support
  • Global Address List (GAL)
  • Message prioritization and throttling
  • Active directory authentication
  • Message archiving
  • Over-the-air synchronization for BlackBerry, iPhone, and Windows Phones
  • Two-way synchronization for Microsoft Outlook
  • Mailing list management functions
  • Custom and emailed reports

Which Edition is Right for Me?

To determine which edition of SmarterMail is right for your environment, answer the following questions:

  • Do you have a need to share calendars, contacts, or tasks with colleagues (groupware)?
  • Will the mail server run under Active Directory?
  • Do you require synchronization with mobile devices such as BlackBerry and iPhone via SyncML or Exchange ActiveSync?
  • Do you require immediate access and search ability in email archives for SOX, HIPAA, or other regulatory requirements?
  • Do you have the need for a global address list?
  • Do you use LDAP to get directory information about contacts?
  • Do you want to throttle users to prevent abuse and delays for other users?
  • Do you want to prioritize or de-prioritize certain types of messages and/or certain domains or users to ensure message delivery performance?
  • Do you need to synchronize SmarterMail contacts and calendar items with Microsoft Outlook?

If your response to any of the questions above was “Yes,” then SmarterMail Enterprise Edition may be right for you.

For further assistance choosing the right edition, please contact the SmarterTools Sales Department via live chat, email, or call us toll-free at 1-877-35-SMART.

You can also refer to the following edition comparison chart for more information about each edition.

SmarterMail Edition Comparison

Features 1Free 2Lite Pro Enterprise
Migration and Converters
Mail server converters for a wide variety of competitors
Mailbox migration for email, calendar, contacts, tasks
Automation (Web Services/SOAP
Compatible with wide variety of control panel companies
Add/edit domains and users
Add/edit calendars, tasks, and notes  
Add/edit RSS feeds
Retrieve user and domain statistics via Web services3
SyncML support    
Exchange ActiveSync support       Add-on
CalDAV and CardDAV support    
Microsoft Outlook 2007 (2-way) synchronization    
Microsoft Outlook 2000 and higher synchronization    
Mozilla Thunderbird and Lightning synchronization    
Webmail reminders system
Webmail availability of attendees  
Webmail personal contacts
Webmail personal calendars, tasks, and notes  
Shared calendars, contacts, tasks, and notes    
Mail Server Protocols
SMTP–Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
IMAP4–Internet Message Access Protocol and IMAP IDLE  
POP3–Post Office Protocol
LDAP–Lightweight Authentication Directory Protocol    
Message retrieval via POP and IMAP  
Antispam Measures
Commtouch Premium Antispam     Add-on Add-on
Spam profiles wizard
Incoming and outbound spam checking
Spam checking on POP3 message retrieval  
SMTP connection level spam checking
Outgoing spammer detection and limiting
SpamAssassin-based Pattern Matching Engine
Support for distributed SpamAssassin servers (Linux or Windows)  
SPF record checking
RBL listing detection
Bayesian filtering
Reverse DNS checking
Greylisting with rules based on IP, sender location, spam weight  
DomainKeys and DKIM
Configurable spam weights for system, domain, and users
Configurable spam headers
Trusted senders
Support for Declude
Commtouch Zero-hour Antivirus     Add-on Add-on
Out-of-the-box ClamAV
Support for third-party real-time antivirus solutions
Support for third-party command-line antivirus solutions
Support for a remote ClamAV server (Linux or Windows)
Security/Attack Prevention
Incoming and outgoing SSL/TLS  
Active Directory Authentication (ADX)    
Optional alternate SMTP port
SMTP authentication by domain
Restrict administrator access via IP
Manual and automatic IP whitelisting/blacklisting
Brute force detection for Webmail
Manual and automatic IP whitelisting/blacklisting
Automatic harvest attack prevention
Automatic denial of service prevention
Malicious script filtering in Webmail
Throttle user and domain activity    
Throttle incoming bounces to prevent saturation    
Real-time performance dashboards (traffic stats)
Basic reports (3 reports)
Advanced summary reports  
Advanced trend reports  
Data drill down available in summary reports  
Define report favorites and custom reports    
Scheduled and on-demand email reports    
Reporting statistics exposed as PerfMon counters    
Export reports to CSV and tab formats
Events and Notifications
Event-driven architecture
Notification profiles
Configurable system, domain, and user events  
Assign actions to events (e.g. command-line, notifications, etc.)  
Default notification to all users when disk quotas are reached
Message Archiving
Sarbanes-Oxley compliance4    
Enable message archiving by domain    
Messages .ZIP compressed to reduce space necessary    
Search, view, and print archived messages    
Messages stored in EML format    
Administration from a Web browser
Custom skinning  
Multiple system administrator accounts
Review and download log files from interface
Users can be limited to specific protocols IMAP, POP, SMTP
Mass propagation of settings for domains  
Mass propagation of settings for users  
Mass messaging to some or all users and domain administrators  
Prioritize SMTP based on message type, domain, or user    
Spool functionality that allows third-party integration
Configurable outbound SMTP IP addresses
Multiple spools (smart spooling)
Manage all connections  
Manage current blocks
Immediate blacklisting of connections and sessions  
Configurable user password strength requirements
Configurable user settings by domain
Configurable logging for all protocols
Password compliance reporting and enforcement
Folder auto-clean to enforce user quotas
Domain-wide and system-wide footers
SmarterMail Search Indexing
Web Interface (Webmail)
More than 15 languages available
Web 2.0 interface using optimized AJAX
Snapping panes for improved layout controls
Preview message attachments
New message notifications from anywhere in interface
Thumbnails for image file attachments
Download all attachments as .ZIP
Upload attachments in the background
File storage  
Automatic save as draft
Click-to-map, click-to-call and click-to-mail functionality
Follow-up flagging
Linked emails and tasks
Advanced content filtering  
Advanced spam filtering rules  
User-level auto-clean
Spell-check in 15 languages
Email address auto-complete similar to Microsoft Outlook
RSS, RDF, and Atom news feed integration
Import and export contacts
Support for user and domain aliases
Multiple signatures support
Multiple identity/SMTP support
Maling Lists
Bounce detection  
Automatic removal of subscribers on bounces  
Optional double opt-in  
Subscriber custom fields  
Unsubscribe links in messages  
Common subscriber database for all mailing lists  
Merge variables and custom fields into messages (mail merge)  
Toggle auto-generated response to mailing list commands  
Enhanced mailing list compose with attachments  
Customized command messages  
Mail logging per subscriber  
Message prioritization of mailing list    
Throttling of mailing lists    
Use as SmartHost or incoming gateway
Use as backup MX server
Use as outgoing gateway
User authentication and SSL/TLS support for outgoing gateways
Gateway authentication with other SmarterMail servers
Gateway can have domain exceptions
Spam checking available on gateways
Greylisting available on gateways

1SmarterMail Free Edition contains much of the same functionality as SmarterMail Enterprise Edition, but is limited to one domain with up to 10 users. This is to give you an opportunity to try all of the features out before making a decision on what product to purchase.

2SmarterMail Lite is a specially-developed version of the SmarterMail mail server that provides unlimited email accounts and domains and is only available with specific product offerings from SmarterTools technology partners. The SmarterMail Lite Edition is not available for individual sale.

3More information about using Web services with SmarterMail can be found in the SmarterMail Automation with Web Services document, which is available for download on the SmarterTools website.

4Consult your compliance professional to determine applicability to your organization.