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  1. #1
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    Default Changing Your Hostname

    I went through the very painful process of chaning my hostname without reinstalling zimbra. This will probably void your warranty, but it worked for me (FC4, M1):

    Change your hostname using hostname. Change your hosts file and your /etc/sysconfig/network

    use zmprov to change the following fields to your new hostname

    for example:

    zmprov cs zimbraLmtpAdvertisedName ....

    Then, for every single user in your sytem (that's right), you have to do this:

    zmprov ma zimbraMailHost

    I suggest writing a shell script. To get a list of users, do this or something similar:

    zmprov gaa -v | grep '# name'

    Once your done with this tedious task, do a:

    grep -il ~zimbra/conf/*

    Change the hostname in any of the files returned by this command using vi or whatever.

    Then shutdown your zimbra software:

    zmcontrol shutdown

    Start it back up:

    zmcontrol startup

    The only service that will start is ldap and zmmon (for the server in question, at least). This is where it gets fun. You have to manually edit the directory as follows.

    First figure out your DN. From ~zimbra/openldap/bin do a:

    ./ldapsearch -x | grep

    You will see a line that looks like this:

    #, servers, zimbra

    This is the dn of your server. You will need to change it. To do so create a file called, for example, changes.ldif. For the above example, it would look like this:,cn=servers,cn=zimbra

    Now, grab your zimbra_ldap_password from ~zimbra/conf/localconfig.xml.

    Then run the following command from your ~zimbra/openldap/bin dir:

    ./ldapmodrdn -h localhost -w password_From_above -D "uid=zimbra,cn=admins,cn=zimbra" -x -r -f changes.ldif

    Now do a zmcontrol shutdown. Then do a ps -U zimbra and kill any zimbra-related processes that are still hanging around. If you kill perl, you should clear the .pid file here:


    Now rebuild your SSL keys for the new hostname.

    If all went well, everything should start on a zmcontrol startup

    One thing I didn't address is changing the hostname on statistics data in mysql, but it doesn't seem to cause a problem, so I haven't gotten around to it yet.

    Make sure to back everything up and cross your fingers. This should really be possible through zmprov or the admin console, but beta software is fun!

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    To make things a little easier (but maybe more risky), you only need the following:

    1. zmcontrol shutdown
    2. cd /opt/zimbra/conf; grep -il hostname *
    3. Modify files from above step.
    4. cd /opt/zimbra
    4. sudo openldap/sbin/slapcat -f conf/slapd.conf > ~/tmp.ldif
    5. mv openldap-data old-data
    6. mkdir openldap-data
    7. chown zimbra:zimbra openldap-data
    8. cp old-data/DB_CONFIG openldap-data
    9. do a global search-and-replace on ~/tmp.ldif replacing the old hostname with the new one. Maybe something like sed -i 's,oldhostname,newhostname,g' ~/tmp.ldif
    10. sudo -u zimbra openldap/sbin/slapadd -f conf/slapd.conf -l ~/tmp.ldif
    11. fix up your ssl cert
    12. bin/zmcontrol startup

    If something goes wrong, you still have your old data that you can use to restore with.

  3. #3
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    Welcome to the forums,
    This is kinda an older thread from 2005, now there's also ZmSetServerName - Zimbra :: Wiki

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