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    Question Ease of installation?

    Hi all, I saw a news article about Zimbra and have spent a few hours reading their website etc. It looks exactly what I want! However, I have just one question that I hope someone can answer.

    I currently use Debian/Postfix/Cyrus IMAP for my mail server. All works great but it was a horrible week getting it all configured and working. It is so unfriendly and long-winding editing all the config files etc etc. Compared with something like Exchange (which I manage at work) it is fair harder. An installation of Exchange is much more straightforward. So, my question is this. How easy is a complete installation of Zimbra on a linux server? I want everything available. i.e. webmail interface, IMAP, shared calenders etc. If it is going to be tricky i think i'll stick with postfix/cyrus because I have it working. However, if the installation and further administration runs like a dream then i'll be switching super quickly!

    Thanks in advance,
    Daniel

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    In my humble opinion, the install couldn't get much easier. The easiest is having all services on one box. Basically run the ./install.sh and you're ready to go. As long as your DNS is configured properly. But if you want to be very sure everything will go smooth as silk start with a freshly installed system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel-Daniel
    Hi all, I saw a news article about Zimbra and have spent a few hours reading their website etc. It looks exactly what I want! However, I have just one question that I hope someone can answer.
    Howdy,

    I agree with rsharpe that a Zimbra install is easy. You type a command, answer some questions, then you're all set.

    However, that's based on an install on a RedHat based distro (RedHat Enterprise, Fedora, or CentOS). That's where Zimbra is currently supported.

    You *can* get it working on Debian, and there are a number of folks who did that. The following post contains instructions on how to do so:

    http://www.zimbra.com/forums/showpos...7&postcount=22

    Have a good one,
    -Eric

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    Wow! Sounds too good to be true. I plan on installing FC4 on the server beforehand. So, what about configuring all the virtual domains (i need to host more than 1 email domain) and user accounts, lists, IMAP config etc? Can this be done via a webadmin interface or does it have to be done via config files like postfix/cyrus?

    Thanks

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    It was our goal to completely get the admin out of the business of editing postfix config files - and cyrus imap isn't even used

    When you install, you'll create an initial domain - subsequent domains are created via the web UI. All the postfix configuration will be taken care of wrt accepting email, routing, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel-Daniel
    Wow! Sounds too good to be true. I plan on installing FC4 on the server beforehand. So, what about configuring all the virtual domains (i need to host more than 1 email domain) and user accounts, lists, IMAP config etc? Can this be done via a webadmin interface or does it have to be done via config files like postfix/cyrus?
    Blast, I knew I should have been more specific :-)

    The binaries are meant for FC3 and RHEL4 (which also works with CentOS 4).

    *But*, you may still be in luck :-)

    There are simple instructions for making it work in FC4, even easier than Debian :-) The binaries still work, you just need to make a couple of links (most of the rest of the stuff in there is recommended regardless of distro).

    You can see the instructions here:

    http://www.zimbra.com/forums/showthr...ghlight=fedora

    Have a good one,
    -Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcmac
    It was our goal to completely get the admin out of the business of editing postfix config files - and cyrus imap isn't even used

    When you install, you'll create an initial domain - subsequent domains are created via the web UI. All the postfix configuration will be taken care of wrt accepting email, routing, etc.

    :-O Wow! that sounds great, then I am off to plan the migration! I cannot believe that I will not have to edit a single config file. But, if I do...

    "I'll Be Back"

    ;-) Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel-Daniel
    So, what about configuring all the virtual domains (i need to host more than 1 email domain) and user accounts, lists, IMAP config etc?
    Everything can be done via the "admin console" as I call it. The one thing that isn't supported as of yet in the console are mailing lists, but that is really no biggy. I dropped in mlmmj and it worked instantly.

    Oh and just as a side note I installed M2 not a few minutes ago and it is working like a dream, a great dream! Way to go guys, this is a great product keep up the good work, and I'll definitely be putting the word out about Zimbra!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsharpe View Post
    I dropped in mlmmj and it worked instantly.
    Hi, would you please tell how you configured zimbra and mlmmj to work together. I just installed mlmmj successfully and initiated a new mail list under /var/spool/. I have added the appropriate command to /etc/aliases and I can recieve automatic mails from test mail list. But when I tried to send a mail to mail list, the mail bounces back to myself and eventually get returned to the sender.

    What could be the problem here?

    Feb 13 15:17:31 47D7A30002: client=localhost.localdomain[127.0.0.1]
    Feb 13 15:17:31 47D7A30002: message-id=<47B3089A.1020505@yyy.com>
    Feb 13 15:17:31 47D7A30002: from=, size=1328, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
    Feb 13 15:17:31 disconnect from localhost.localdomain[127.0.0.1]
    Feb 13 15:17:31 63A3E30001: to=, relay=127.0.0.1[127.0.0.1], delay=5, status=sent (250 Ok: queued as 47D7A30002)
    Feb 13 15:17:31 63A3E30001: removed
    Feb 13 15:17:31 47D7A30002: to=, relay=none, delay=0, status=bounced (yyy.com)
    Feb 13 15:17:31 570C030001: message-id=<20080213151731.570C030001@hostname.yyy.com>
    Feb 13 15:17:31 570C030001: from=<>, size=3199, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
    Feb 13 15:17:31 47D7A30002: removed
    Feb 13 15:17:31 570C030001: to=, relay=hostname.yyy.com[192.168.34.1], delay=0, status=sent (250 2.1.5 OK)
    Feb 13 15:17:31 570C030001: removed

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