Getting started

Kerio Connect is an email and instant messaging server that features multiple deployment options, Microsoft Outlook integration, web based email access, and mobile device access.

This guide provides general step-by-step instructions for deploying Kerio Connect in a common on-premises scenario. Note that Kerio Connect is also available as a hosted service in the event that you cannot deploy it within your own infrastructure.


Select a deployment type

Kerio Connect is available as a 64-bit Debian virtual appliance for VMware, or as a software application for current versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The product features and functionality are nearly identical across all versions.


Install and upgrade Kerio Connect

You can download Kerio Connect from the Kerio website. For instructions on Kerio Connect installation, see Installing Kerio Connect.

After installation, the software automatically checks for updates. The web administration notifies you when an update is ready. For more information refer to Upgrading to the latest version.


Access Kerio Connect

After installation, the administrator performs the initial configuration from a web browser by going to the name or IP addressAn identifier assigned to devices connected to a TCP/IP network. of the Kerio Connect server. For more information refer to Performing initial configuration in Kerio Connect.


Create user accounts

If you do not use a directory service, administrators can create and manage users directly in the administration interface. For more information refer to Creating user accounts in Kerio Connect.


Secure Kerio Connect and mail flow

Kerio Connect includes many security features to protect against misconduct, unauthorized access, harmful attachments, identity spoofing, and tampering of content. For more information refer to Securing Kerio Connect.


Access emails

Kerio Connect supports mailbox synchronization with a variety of mobile platforms, browsers, and desktop applications, including the Kerio Connect Client web and desktop applications, mobile devices, Kerio Connect Account Assistant and Kerio Outlook Connector


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