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    Default Tips for a new server?

    Hey everyone, I just wanted to see if I could get a few tips from some Zimbra administrators on how I can upgrade an already running production server.

    Right now the Zimbra server is running software RAID1 on Cent OS 5.7 just on a simple physical machine nothing special.

    In the past 2 weeks I built a fully functional ESXi server, problem is I am stumped on ways I can make it efficient for myself to manage.

    My overall plan would be

    Primary Zimbra Server
    ESXi 5
    -> Ubuntu Server x64 running Zimbra 7.1.4

    then I would make snapshots of the Zimbra server, but then I a bit read into snapshots some more and figured out they are not good for backups....

    The ESXi machine has 2 HDDs, 1 500GB HDD, and 1 1TB HDD, I assumed I would send the backups to the 1TB HDD, and once and a while do an offsite backup from that to external storage. The 500GB would hold the virtual machines.

    Secondary Zimbra Server incase of a failure of primary server
    Currently running CentOS 5.7 server

    So I'm in a dilemma, what's the best way to go forward in hosting a new Zimbra server that is capable of efficient backups and can have redundancy from the current existing Zimbra production server while using the open source edition?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated....
    Last edited by Eclipse; 02-15-2012 at 12:58 AM.

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