New Mail Server – The Search

Horde

Horde

Sigh. Another product that requires manual editing of files. Seriously, how hard is it to create an installer?

Next….

Zimbra

Zimbra

I’ve heard of Zimbra on many occasions. I know the product has been around for a while. By now it must be pretty mature and well polished. Let’s try installing that.

I had to register on the site to get a copy of the installer. Apparently an answer Nothing is not a valid response to Existing solution. Heh.
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For some reason postfix is not starting…to be troubleshooted later.

[root@mailtest ~] cd /tmp
[root@mailtest tmp] wget http://files2.zimbra.com/downloads/8.0.4_GA/zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036.tgz
--2013-08-01 22:58:27--  http://files2.zimbra.com/downloads/8.0.4_GA/zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036.tgz
Resolving files2.zimbra.com... 184.84.243.193, 184.84.243.217
Connecting to files2.zimbra.com|184.84.243.193|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 595697371 (568M) [binary/octet-stream]
Saving to: âzcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036.tgzâ
 
100%[=============================================================================================================>] 595,697,371 12.9M/s   in 45s
 
2013-08-01 22:59:13 (12.5 MB/s) - âzcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036.tgzâ
 
[root@mailtest tmp] tar zxvf zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036.tgz
[root@mailtest tmp] cd zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036
[root@mailtest zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036] ./install.sh
  ERROR: Installation can not proceeed.  Please fix your /etc/hosts file
  to contain:
 
  <ip> <FQHN> <HN>
 
  Where <IP> is the ip address of the host,
  <FQHN> is the FULLY QUALIFIED host name, and
  <HN> is the (optional) hostname-only portion

Same procedure as with Blue Mind. Modify the hosts file, restart the install and we’re good to go. The install took a few minutes but seemed successful. After the admin password was configured via a shell wizard, the installation continued…and ended.

Going to https://mailtest.test.local:7071/zimbraAdmin I was greeted with an admin login screen.
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The admin interface looks a lot like VMWare vCenter Web Console. There’s plethora of configuration options and a nice wizard guide to finish the configuration
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First thing is first. Does it come with anti-spam and anti-virus? Well, it sure does.
Zimbra4

Configuration was relatively painless. Took a bit to navigate through the menus. Once I created my test domain and account I logged into the public webmail and damn. It looks good!
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This was so far the most pleasant experience dealing with a mail product. Next step would be to see how it fares trying to configure this for production use.

Summary:

  • Painless install
  • Very slick interface
  • MTA didn’t start. Most likely a trivial issue
  • Built in Anti-Spam/Anti-Virus

Conclusion: Looks very promising. Definitely up for round two where I’ll attempt production configuration

Next…

2 thoughts on “New Mail Server – The Search

  1. Found your site when searching for info on the Intel Dual node 1U server and then stumbled upon this thread. Save yourself some time and choose zimbra. I’ve already done most of the research for you and its the best available if you want a fully featured mail server. Also, you might want to look into zextras for things like activesync, backups, etc a few other tools. Well worth the small extra investment.

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