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    Default Newbie - Howto upgrade Zimbra 4.5.9 NE to latest release on Redhat Linux?

    Hi everyone,

    Zimbra was already running in this company as the mail server and I have to upgrade it from 4.5.9 NE to the latest NE on redhat linux to get some required features... namely the free/busy feature.

    Can someone write down the steps on how to do it? I.e. from where to download the latest upgrade all the way to the commands to write on Linux to do the upgrade? My redhat linux admin skills are at a junior level and since I didn't install Zimbra, I'm not sure how it is installed or upgraded.

    Would really appreciate a positive response! Thanks guys!

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    This is a little of what I call Holder Hackery, but it'll work.
    su - zimbra
    zmcontrol start
    exit
    rsync -avr /opt/zimbra /backup/location

    Upgrade RHEL
    Run the installer for the SAME version of Zimbra, but new OS (ie RHEL 5) with ./install.sh -s

    Done!

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    Unless I'm reading this wrong...eas it sounds like you just want Zimbra upgraded not RHEL correct?

    What's the output of:
    su - zimbra
    zmcontrol -v
    or in the ajax web-client main search bar enter:
    $set:get version
    You can make use of CLI - zmbackup Network Edition Only - Zimbra :: Wiki
    zmbackup -f -a all -s server.domain.com
    Your default backup target is /opt/zimbra/backup unless it's been modified.
    You can check with:
    zmprov gacf | grep zimbraBackupTarget
    (But /opt/zimbra/backup could also be mounted/symlinked elsewhere.)

    You can also backup the backup somewhere if you'd like or zmcontrol stop then switch to root and run:
    mkdir /backuprsync
    rsync -avHK /opt/zimbra/ /backuprsync/zimbra
    Run "df -h" to see your disk freespace information.

    You can also open a support ticket and someone would happily hold your hand and walk you through an upgrade if you'd like

    You should also read the release notes as there's installation instructions at the bottom - you can find everything through this page: http://www.zimbra.com/forums/announc...-released.html

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    Hi,
    Yes I wanted Zimbra upgraded, not RHEL. Thank you very much for the detailed reply - it helps for a newbie like me.

    When I put zmcontrol -v, I get:
    Release 4.5.9_GA_1454.RHEL4_64_20071016190715 RHEL4_64 NETWORK edition

    Thank you for posting that last link as well, now I can download NCS 5.0.2. I assume I should download the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 x86_64 version right?

    As for the support portal - my predecessor didn't leave me any details on the username and password to use it. What details must I send and to who should I send it to, to get access to the support portal? Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by eas; 03-06-2008 at 04:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eas View Post
    When I put zmcontrol -v, I get:
    Release 4.5.9_GA_1454.RHEL4_64_20071016190715 RHEL4_64 NETWORK edition
    Thank you for posting that last link as well, now I can download NCS 5.0.2. I assume I should download the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 x86_64 version right?
    Yes
    Quote Originally Posted by eas View Post
    As for the support portal - my predecessor didn't leave me any details on the username and password to use it. What details must I send and to who should I send it to, to get access to the support portal? Thanks a lot!
    Send an email to support@zimbra.com (from your main domain if possible) and we'll get you added to the account.

    So it's easier for us to handle provide:
    -The name/email of the prior admin; while we probably won't remove it right away till we're absolutely sure, we can at least add you as a user on the account.
    -Contents of:
    /opt/zimbra/conf/ZCSLicense.xml
    or
    su - zimbra
    zmlicense -p
    or
    admin console > global settings > license tab

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    Quote Originally Posted by jholder View Post
    This is a little of what I call Holder Hackery, but it'll work.
    su - zimbra
    zmcontrol start
    exit
    rsync -avr /opt/zimbra /backup/location

    Upgrade RHEL
    Run the installer for the SAME version of Zimbra, but new OS (ie RHEL 5) with ./install.sh -s

    Done!
    John, please tell me you meant zmcontrol stop above. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwmtractor View Post
    John, please tell me you meant zmcontrol stop above. . .
    Ha, that woulda made for a little fun! I think he's running on like 1hr of sleep right now though so he deserves a little break

    eas, you can ignore the our jesting
    John does have a nicely laid out article on that procedure (should you ever have to do it) that you can find here: /blog/archives/2007/10/moving_zcs_to_another_server.html
    In fact, the article serves many purposes/situations for both FOSS and NE, so you might give it a look sometime. You can read up on just NE Backups and Restores as well.

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