What’s New in Kerio Connect 7.4

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User Access Policies

User Access Policies

User Access Policies in Kerio Connect 7.4 gives administrators tighter management controls, while limiting security vulnerabilities of the mail server. Administrators can now set access permissions to Kerio Connect services such as Kerio WebMail, ActiveSync, or EWS, per user.

For example, some organizations may want specific users to use Kerio WebMail instead of a desktop client like Microsoft Outlook, or restrict mobile device synchronization for other users. Similarly, Kerio Connect hosting providers may want to limit some services in their basic offering, and provide mobile device synchronization and Outlook integration for their premium offering.

Bolster the Fight Against Spam

Spam Custom Rules

Kerio Connect 7.4 features a number of improvements to blocking spam. The AntiSpam engine has been updated to the latest version for increased spam-fighting effectiveness and efficiency. Administrators can now build an event stronger defense against spam with new Custom Rules definitions that apply Spam Filtering Actions to any text string found in the message body, in addition to any conditions found in the message header. Lastly, and transparent to most users and admins, the underlying Bayes database has been migrated from SDBM to SQLite to provide better stability and fewer data corruptions.

Full Web Administration on Apple iPad

iPad admin

The new iPad optimized web administration interface first introduced in Kerio Control 7.3, is now available in Kerio Connect 7.4, giving administrators full admin capabilities from virtually anywhere.

Tackle routine tasks like reset a user’s Password or send/clear Message Queue items from the coffee shop. Or create and apply User Access Policies, tweak Spam Filter settings, or browse logs to troubleshoot the mail server with ease from your son’s ball game. With new multi-gesture support, scroll logs faster with multiple fingers, two-finger tap to get contextual menus, and toggle to hide the menu tree to maximize screen real estate.

Kerio Outlook Connector (Offline Edition) Auto-Update Service

KOFF Auto-Update

Kerio Connect 7.4 features a new auto-updater service for the Kerio Outlook Connector (Offline Edition). Also new, KOFF no longer needs to be updated with every server version release. Together, administrators will feel a heavy burden lift off their shoulders.

On the Software Updates tab under Advanced Options, Admins can now choose to automatically install KOFF client updates when the server detects a new version, or if they choose not to install every update, KOFF will continue to work even if the server is on a newer version. If KOFF becomes incompatible with the server, the client will then be notified that KOFF must be updated.

Kerio Connect Virtual Appliance Improvements

The management interface in the Kerio Connect virtual appliance has been improved to allow the administrator to make the most common configuration changes without the need to use command line. These common changes include enabling remote Secure Shell (SSH) access to the virtual appliance server, changing the administration (root) password, and setting the server time zone.

Administrators can now configure the virtual appliance to use static IP addresses for network interfaces and DNS configuration when not using DHCP. The virtual appliance also automatically creates the Unix locale definitions so the correct localized WebMail interface is used, and it synchronizes the system time with Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers on the Internet.

Leaner & Faster Kerio Outlook Connector (Offline Edition)

Several optimizations were introduced in this version which positively affect the time of the initial synchronization, folder creation (including search folders) and reading of data from the local cache. Performance tests show a 2x improvement in initial synchronization speed over Connect 7.2 and a 4x improvement over Connect 7.3. The overall memory footprint of KOFF was reduced by about 50%.

New Supported Platforms & Devices

  • Microsoft Outlook Mac 2011 SP2 (14.2.1)
  • iOS 5.1
  • Firefox 11
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (with Android 3.2)
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 (with Android 3.2)

Platforms with Discontinued Support

  • Firefox 3.5

Note: Kerio Connector for BlackBerry will be discontinued in the next major version of Kerio Connect.

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