How To Install Zimbra On CentOS Linux

VMware Zimbra is a complete email, address book, calendar and tasks solution that can be accessed from the Zimbra Web Client, Zimbra Desktop offline client, Outlook and a variety of other standards-based email clients and mobile devices. It can be deployed as a traditional binary install on Linux, or as a software virtual appliance, commonly referred to as Zimbra appliance.

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 A computer with CentOS 6.3 (Choose minimal server during the installation).
 Internet Connection.

For the sake of the simplicity of this tutorial you need to turn off the firewall and SELinux.

Prepare the server

You need first to add the fully qualified domain name in /etc/hosts as the below

nano /etc/hosts

add your IP and FQDN as the below example centos

Now install the following package

yum install nc

Now you need to edit the sudoers file as following

nano /etc/sudoers

Comment the blow line

#Defaults requiretty

Turn off the default smtp server (Postfix) as below

service postfix stop
chkconfig postfix off

Now you can reboot the server

Install Zimbra

Go to and download the community edition for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Now untar the download file as below

tar -xzvf zcs-8.0.2_GA_5569.RHEL6_64.20121210115059.tgz

Install the package

sudo ./ --platform-override

A installation wizard will start, you will need to select yes for the license agreement, for your first time it is recommend to choose the default settings, after finishing the installation you will be prompted by a configuration menu.

To set up the admin password choose option number 3 then choose number 4 to change the password.

You will be prompted to apply this setting by pressing a.

Configure the service to run in the startup by writing the below command.

service zimbra start
chkconfig zimbra on

Now point your web browser to https://Server-IP-Address/, add it as a trusted web site and congratulation

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  1. Is this the community edition, do you have any guides on how to setup the users?

    Does this use a built in ldap mechanism?

    Any help/advice would be great.

    thanks : )