Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) Open Source Edition v5.0 On Debian Etch
Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>
Last edited 02/06/2008
This document describes how to set up the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) Open Source Edition v5.0 on Debian Etch. The resulting system provides a full featured collaboration-suite with many features that I can't list all here - please have a look at the feature list. It also comes with a nice (themeable) AJAX web interface for administration and user access.
This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.
Install a standard Debian Etch system and update it. I used a network installation (only standard system).
You have to assign the hostname to the server ip. It is very important that the fqdn entry appears before the hostname.
It should look like this:
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost 192.168.0.110 server1.example.com server1 # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts ::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback fe00::0 ip6-localnet ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix ff02::1 ip6-allnodes ff02::2 ip6-allrouters ff02::3 ip6-allhosts
Afterwards insert the hostname into the hostname file ...
echo server1.example.com > /etc/hostname
... and reboot the system.
When the system is up again, the output of the both commands ...
... and ...
... should be:
You need a running DNS server in your LAN that contains a valid A & MX record for this server - otherwise Zimbra won't work. I used another server (192.168.0.100) running mydns for this howto. Add the nameserver's IP to the resolve configuration:
The nameserver on your LAN has to be the first entry. It should look like this:
nameserver 192.168.0.100 nameserver 192.168.0.2
Deinstall Exim - Zimbra comes with it's own mailserver.
apt-get remove --purge exim4 exim4-base exim4-config exim4-daemon-light
5 Needed packages
Let's install some needed packages (maybe some of these packages are already installed on your system).
apt-get install libc6-i686 sudo libidn11 curl fetchmail libgmp3c2 libexpat1 libgetopt-mixed-perl libxml2 libstdc++6 libpcre3 libltdl3 ssh
6 Get Zimbra
Please take a look at http://www.zimbra.com/community/downloads.html to see which is the latest version. Download and unpack it.
tar xvfz zcs-5.0.2_GA_1975.DEBIAN4.0.20080130234700.tgz