Quick tour on Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance
Those are quick notes and thoughts about testing the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance 6 (on VMware Fusion).
I went to the Zimbra website and asked for the VMware Appliance. I registered and waited for the confirmation email. It gave me an URL to fetch the appliance and explains that a 60 days licence will be automatically fetched.
I downloaded it, let it expand, entered
Zimbra_607_341_VMX and started
Zimbra_607.vmx. VMware Fusion starts, open the VM and start it. After a 2
minutes booting process, you get the licence text (which you have to ack) then
a wizard asks you for the admin password. Done!
Note that the VM is configured with 2GB of RAM by default…
Browse the URL given on the console ; here, that was
https://192.168.0.14:5480/ ; the VM is configured with a NAT network. The
vmware and the password is the one you gave to the console wizard.
Another wizard asks for the Zimbra Appliance hostname (FQDN), an administrator email and a new password. Then it does a few automatic configurations things (for about 10 minutes):
Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuration started Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuring service antivirus enabled Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuring service antispam enabled Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuring service mailbox enabled Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuring service mta enabled Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuring service convertd enabled Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuring service stats enabled Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuring service ldap enabled Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Configuring service spell enabled Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Adding zimbra.tumfatig.local to /etc/hosts Thu Nov 4 08:13:50 2010: Set zimbra hostname to zimbra.tumfatig.local Thu Nov 4 08:13:57 2010: Resetting root ldap password Thu Nov 4 08:14:05 2010: Resetting system ldap password Thu Nov 4 08:14:11 2010: Resetting system amavis password Thu Nov 4 08:14:13 2010: Resetting system replication password Thu Nov 4 08:14:16 2010: Resetting system nginx password Thu Nov 4 08:14:19 2010: Resetting system postfix password Thu Nov 4 08:14:22 2010: Rename domain to carnat.net Thu Nov 4 08:14:29 2010: Rename admin account to email@example.com Thu Nov 4 08:14:40 2010: Update server entries Thu Nov 4 08:14:40 2010: Rename server to zimbra.tumfatig.local Thu Nov 4 08:14:40 2010: Enable Zimbra services on system startup Thu Nov 4 08:14:41 2010: Verifying Permissions Thu Nov 4 08:14:57 2010: Creating new server certificate Thu Nov 4 08:15:30 2010: Expanding LV Thu Nov 4 08:15:34 2010: Starting LDAP services Thu Nov 4 08:15:39 2010: Generating preauth key for carnat.net Thu Nov 4 08:15:44 2010: Setting Zimbra services Thu Nov 4 08:15:44 2010: Setting Zimbra services -zimbraServiceEnabled memcached -zimbraServiceEnabled imapproxy -zimbraServiceEnabled logger -zimbraServiceEnabled snmp Thu Nov 4 08:15:45 2010: Starting mailstore services Thu Nov 4 08:19:50 2010: Updating postfix network settings Thu Nov 4 08:19:59 2010: Starting Zimbra services Thu Nov 4 08:19:59 2010: Setting password for firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Nov 4 08:20:12 2010: Updating wiki account Thu Nov 4 08:20:51 2010: Fetching license from zimbra.com Thu Nov 4 08:20:53 2010: License fetched Thu Nov 4 08:20:53 2010: Installing License Thu Nov 4 08:21:16 2010: Configuration completed successfully Thu Nov 4 08:21:16 2010: Configuration Complete. Thu Nov 4 08:21:16 2010: Zimbra services are available at: http://zimbra.tumfatig.local Configuration complete
It took another 2 minutes before all the “Zimbra Status” page was filled with
green bullets (
Zimbra version 188.8.131.521 installed).
You can see that
No monitoring system configured. If you have an Hyperic
host, you can click on
Configure Hyperic version 4.3.0-EE-1443.... I don’t
Update tab, I switched
Automatic Updates to
Automatic check for updates. At this moment, there does not seem to be any update available.
You would have to change the network configuration in a real production environment. I don’t mind using DHCP here.
On the dashboard, you can see that the domain of the administrator email filled-in in the first steps was configured. That means that this email will be local to the Zimbra machine… This may not be what you want…
Let’s create a new domain using the wizard from the
section, then a user in this domain. It’s quite straight forward. Note that if
you create aliases for you users, the domain would automatically be created.
You can now connect to the “webmail” part using the hostname URL. Here, that
http://zimbra.tumfatig.local/. You can also use a HTTPS URL ; an
auto-signed certificate is already configured. From the
section, you will be able to change the SSL certificate. You’ll be prompted to
use a self signed certificate, generate a CSR for a commercial provider or
install a commercially generated certificate.
You connect to the webmail using the user’s full email address.
You can connect using your iPhone by configuring an Exchange like account.
There’s an issue with the self-signed certificate. By default, the iPhone does
not accept syncing so you have to install the certificate on the iPhone
(extract it, and send it as an attachement to a working email). You can also
read Using Zimbra Mobile with iPhones
for detailed installation steps.
The default profile does not allow mobile syncing. So don’t forget to create a correct profile or active the mobile synchronization in the default profile.
From Snow Leopard, you can read your mail with Apple Mail using an IMAP connection. You can manage the calendar using a CalDAV connection in iCal. To manage the contacts, you’ll have to get iSync. But this may not work with the Open Source version of Zimbra.
With Outlook 2007, you seem to need a connector to use it as an Exchange-like configuration.
I won’t go further… Zimbra doesn’t seem to solve the (few) issues I have with Zarafa… Next!
- Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance: Setup Instructions
- Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance: Administrator’s Guide