Install Zentyal Server – alternative to Windows Server


If you are frustrated by the complexities and costs of Microsoft server licensing, consider Zentyal Server as a replacement. Based on Linux, it nonetheless has serving Windows and Mac clients very much in its focus. Zentyal gives you domain and directory management, easy configuration of users, security groups, distribution lists, GPOs, etc. Zentyal replaces all the roles you would expect to need a Windows Server® for. Use it as a domain controller, an internet gateway, for VPN and DHCP or as a small business server. Requires at least an Intel Core i5 computer with 8GBs of RAM.

This is the community version of Zentyal Server ideal for home users and small businesses. It does not require a license to use. See below for support links.

Zentyal is an easy to use Windows Server® alternative. Use it to supplement, replace or create a Microsoft Active Directory. Create a mail server, internet gateway and firewall. Connect and manage your Windows PCs on your business, school or home network.

This version of Zentyal is the free community version which comes without ‘official support’. The official version is usually one step behind the community version, though there is abundant free support about how to use Zentyal, whether via official documentation or using the user forum.

Zentyal Server can be tailored to your needs; its components installed only as you need them. If all you want is home NAS box, Zentyal is ideal, but it is just as happy being the firewall and VPN server for your business. This modular approach means that you can try it out on a modest PC and only upgrade to a full server if you need to bring more features to more users. For a small studio or home server it is ideal, but can be used for a larger organisation or school if running on well-specced hardware. So a Pentium 4 or i5 processor and a few gigs of RAM are adequate for most uses:

Table showing Zentyal processor and RAM requirements depending on use and users.Zentyal Server computer processor, RAM, disk and network port requirements depending on use and users.


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