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How to Install Zimbra 8.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 Server


The Zimbra Collaboration Server is a mail server, collaborative web application and a web based mail server admin console in a single application. It provides LDAP, antivirus, antispam, collaboration features and a ajax webmail client. Zimbra is easy to use for administrators as well as end users due to its fast Ajax based web interface.

Prerequisites

  • Ubuntu Server 14.04 – 64bit
  • root privileges
  • Free space 25 GB
  • RAM 4 GB

My zimbra Server profile used in this tutorial:

Domain : sendaljepit.local
IP     : 192.168.1.101
Mail   : mail.sendaljepit.local

What we will do in this tutorial:

  • Install the prerequisite packages
  • Configure hostname and DNS Server
  • Download and Install Zimbra
  • Test the installation

Installation of prerequisites

Step 1 – connect to your server, get root privileges and install this package.

apt-get install libgmp10 libperl5.18 unzip pax sysstat sqlite3 dnsmasq wget

Configure hostname and DNS Server

In this tutorial will use the ‘dnsmasq‘ resolving nameserver to speedup DNS lookups in Zimbra. Dnsmask has been installed as prerequisite in the first chapter, so we just have to configure it now:

Step 1 – Edit hostname and hosts

vim /etc/hostname

change your hostname with this ‘mail.sendaljepit.local’.

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vim /etc/hosts

add this line:

192.168.1.101   mail.sendaljepit.local  mail

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Step 2 – Edit dnsmasq configuration

vim /etc/dnsmasq.conf

server=192.168.1.101
domain=sendaljepit.local
mx-host=sendaljepit.local, mail.sendaljepit.local, 5
mx-host=mail.sendaljepit.local, mail.sendaljepit.local, 5
listen-address=127.0.0.1

Step 3 – Reboot

sudo reboot

Installing Zimbra

Step 1 – Download Zimbra and extract it

wget https://files.zimbra.com/downloads/8.6.0_GA/zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116.tgz
tar -xvf zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116.tgz
cd zcs*

Step 2 – Run the Installer

./install.sh

At this step, zimbra will check the required packages and will ask you to agree to their installation.

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and then choose the zimbra package :

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here doesn`t need zimbra-dnscache, because in this tutorial use dnsmasq.

You need to wait, because this installation takes some time.

next step is configure “zimbra-store” for getting admin password. See the picture:

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Choose number “4” and enter. and then type your password:

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Apply all Configuration:

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and wait for Zimbra configuration finished.

Testing Zimbra

to test your zimbra server is running, you can type a command :

su – zimbra
zmcontrol status

try to access zimbra from web browser.  https://192.168.1.101/

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or try admin page ” https://192.168.1.101:7071/ “.

Conclusion

Zimbra is an Open Source mail server application which provides many features and is easy to use for admin and client. Zimbra requires a lot of server ressources, so dont use it on servers that do not match the base requirements outlines in the first chapter.

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