I’m looking for some ideas, some people who have “been there, done that” … I set up Openfire a couple years or so ago for a small number of users at my company. A couple of us had come from larger organizations and missed having IM … kept this pretty basic …Did not bother with LDAP integration … managed users manually (less than a dozen) … messed with IM gateway plugins … just to see how it worked . It’s been working just fine. Recently we were acquired by a much larger corp … one change … everybody goes to Exchange … fine…
Then I see that portions of the corp run Office Communicator and I’m intrigued … when I asked I was told it was too costly … not everybody had it … and that many in the division I’m in have started using AIM accounts to have access to each other (offices located from coast-to-coast). So I’m thinking … why not use Openfire? So thats what I’m asking you guys … some of you I’m assuming may have had the same questions … made the analysis … … care to share?
So … Why Openfire? Some questions & thoughts I had …
in a multi-office environment … one OF server in each or pick one and everybody uses it?
if multiple … can they communicate? hows that work?
Running AD … Spark w/SSO & AD (LDAP) integration … a plus or a pain?
Better clients than SPARK? …
IM … open IM like AIM, MSN or Google … potentially a problem? Is there a security advantage using a “closed” (in that we use it just internal) IM?
Certainly would like to hear from people who have more experience than I do…