Zimbra: Implement, Administer and Manage

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  • Get your organization up and running with Zimbra, fast
  • Administer the Zimbra server and work with the Zimbra web client
  • Protect your Zimbra installation from hackers, spammers, and viruses
  • Access Zimbra from Microsoft Outlook


Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 220 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2007
ISBN : 1847192084
ISBN 13 : 9781847192080
Author(s) : David Touitou, Marty Resnick
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Networking & Telephony, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Zimbra
Chapter 2: Installing Zimbra
Chapter 3: Administrating Zimbra
Chapter 4: The Zimbra Web Client
Chapter 5: Securing Zimbra
Chapter 6: Customizing Zimbra
Chapter 7: Zimbra and Outlook
Chapter 8: Zimbra on the Road
Chapter 9: The World of Zimlets
Chapter 10: Backup and Restore
Chapter 11: Keeping an Eye on Zimbra
  • Chapter 1: Introducing Zimbra
    • More than Just Email
    • Introducing Zimbra
    • What's in a Name?
    • Building Better Collaboration
      • Front-End
      • Back-End
    • The Benefits of Zimbra
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Installing Zimbra
    • Before the Installation
      • Hardware
      • Software
      • Editing the HOSTS File
      • Configuring DNS
      • Turning Off Sendmail
    • Installing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
      • Installing the Red Hat Operating System
      • Installing Zimbra Collaboration Suite
    • Installing on SUSE ES 9
      • Preparing SUSE ES 9 for Zimbra
    • Installing on MAC OS X
      • Preparing MAC OS X Server for Zimbra
      • Installing the Zimbra Collaboration Suite
    • Post-Installation Steps
      • Configuring the Firewall
    • Uninstalling Zimbra
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Administrating Zimbra
    • An Overview of the Administration Console
      • A. Content Pane
      • B. Search Bar
      • C. Monitoring
      • D. Configuration
      • E. Addresses
      • F. Shortcuts
      • G. Tools
    • Server Management
      • Creating a New Domain
      • Configuring Global Settings
      • Class of Service
    • User Management
      • Creating User Accounts
      • Creating an Alias
      • Creating a Distribution List
    • Administering Zimbra from the Command Line
      • Managing Services with zmcontrol
      • Creating Accounts with zmprov
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: The Zimbra Web Client
    • The Web Client System Requirements
    • A Bird's Eye View of the Web Client
    • Working with Email
      • Checking Email
      • Composing Email
      • Tags
      • Conversations
      • Managing Contacts
      • Sharing Address Books
    • Managing Schedules
      • Adding Appointments
      • Creating Multiple Calendars
      • Sharing Calendars
    • The Zimbra Documents
      • Creating Documents Pages
      • Sharing Documents
    • Saving Time with the Zimbra Assistant
    • Saving Even More Time with Keyboard Shortcuts
      • Sending an Email with Shortcuts
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Securing Zimbra
    • Built-In Security
      • Web Client Security
      • Mail Transfer Agent
      • Anti-Spam
      • Anti-Virus
    • Securing the Operating System
      • Host-Based Firewall
      • Services
      • Updates and Patching
    • Securing the Network
      • Creating a Demilitarized Zone
      • Firewalls
      • Virtual Private Networks
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Customizing Zimbra
    • Exploring User Options
      • General Options
      • Mail Options
      • Mail Filters
      • Address Book
      • Calendar
      • Shortcuts
    • Configuring POP Accounts
    • Configuring Mail Identities
    • Building Searches
      • Building Our Search
      • Using a Saved Search
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Zimbra and Outlook
    • The PST Import Wizard
    • The Zimbra Connector for Outlook
    • A Look at Zimbra Integration
      • Contacts
      • Appointments
      • Sharing Outlook Folders
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Zimbra on the Road
    • Preparing the Zimbra Server for Zimbra Mobile
    • Configuring Windows Mobile to Sync with Zimbra
    • Configuring Palm OS to Sync with Zimbra
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: The World of Zimlets
    • An Overview of Zimlets
    • Mouse-Over Zimlet Example
      • The Date Zimlet
      • The Yahoo! Maps Zimlet
    • Managing Zimlets
      • Managing Zimlets through the Administrator Console
      • Assigning Zimlets to a COS
      • Assigning Zimlets to an Account
    • A Look at Configuring the RSS Zimlet
      • The RSS Zimlet in Action
      • Allowing RSS Feeds for Additional Sites
    • Summary

David Touitou

David Touitou has been working in the IT field for 15 years now. He started (fixing Novell Netware 3.12 servers) even before graduation. He has gone through tiny local companies around Paris to big ones (the leader in BI), also from web design to infrastructure management.

His previous job was to design and manage the R&D datacentre of a software vendor (800 servers, 39 racks in 2003, multi-vendors VPN with the rest of the world), while doing some high-level support in networking for the developing teams.

As CTO (and owner) of Network Studio, he is still working around datacentres, designing and managing infrastructure for customers (from SMB to the EU Council). His company were one of the first to spread the Zimbra word in France (beginning of 2006) and currently have several customers with several thousands of Zimbra licenses up and running.

Marty Resnick

Marty Resnick has been in the Information Technology field for over 10 years. As owner of Techmaking, Inc. Marty’s main focus has been on helping small-medium sized businesses create Enterprise level infrastructures on an SMB budget. With a strong emphasis on open-source technologies, Marty has helped business accomplish their goals both effectively, efficiently, and securely.

Marty has received a Masters of Computer Information Science from Boston University, as well as, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA).

I would like to thank my wife for her strong support and encouragement while writing this book. She is truly the “Proverbs 31” wife, and I have been so blessed.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Installing Zimbra on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, SUSE ES 9, and MAC OS X
  • Administering Zimbra from the command line
  • Creating a new domain, configuring global settings, and creating new accounts on Zimbra.
  • Securing Zimbra through built-in security, user security, securing the Operating System, and securing the network
  • Configuring Windows Mobile and Palm OS to sync with Zimbra
  • Integrating Zimbra with Microsoft Outlook
  • Integrating Zimlets into email and calendaring
  • Working with mail queues and monitoring log files

Chapter 1 provides a brief introduction to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite.

Chapter 2 guides you through installing Zimbra Collaboration Suite. The chapter will help you install Zimbra on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, SUSE ES 9, and MAC OS X. It will also provide you with some post-installation scripts and help you uninstall the Zimbra Collaboration Suite.

Chapter 3 introduces the basic functions of administering the Zimbra Collaboration Suite. You will learn how to create and modify user accounts, and server settings.

Chapter 4 focuses on Zimbra Ajax web client, which is the recommended client to take advantage of all the features and functionality that Zimbra has to offer. You will learn about web client system requirements, working with email, managing and sharing contacts, managing and sharing calendars, creating and sharing notebook pages, using the Zimbra Assistant, and using keyboard shortcuts.

Chapter 5 discusses the importance of securing your Zimbra environment and methods to do so. You will learn about Zimbra’s built-in security tools including: web client security, anti-spam, and anti-virus. The chapter then focuses on securing ports, disabling unnecessary services, and being sure to keep the system patched and updated on a regular basis. Lastly, it looks at securing the network with a discussion on creating a demilitarized zone (DMZ), configuring firewalls, and the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

In Chapter 6, you will take an in depth look at customizing Zimbra from a user perspective. This chapter begins with a look at user options and then moves on to creating mail identities and aliases for users. Lastly, it looks at the powerful built-in Search Builder.

Chapter 7 focuses on using Zimbra on the desktop. Specifically, you will be looking at how to integrate Zimbra with Microsoft Outlook.

Chapter 8 discusses how to configure the Zimbra server to allow mobile access, as well as how to configure some of the most popular "smart phones" to act as a Zimbra Mobile client. Specifically, this chapter discusses preparing the Zimbra server for Zimbra Mobile, to allow users at both the Class of Service (COS) and user level permission to sync with the Zimbra server with their mobile devices, and configuring Windows Mobile and PalmOS to sync with Zimbra.

In Chapter 9, you will take a brief look at the third-party applications and "mash-ups" called Zimlets that are an effective set of tools and programs that add more functionality to the Zimbra Web Client.

Chapter 10 explores the various ways the system administrator could make sure that all mailboxes (including all of their information) are backed up on a regular and consistent basis.

Chapter 11 discusses the implementation and maintenance of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and looks at a few built-in tools Zimbra provides. It also deals with working with and monitoring mail queues, and viewing three key log files for additional troubleshooting information.

In Detail

Zimbra is open-source server and client software for messaging and collaboration: email, group calendaring, contacts, and web document management and authoring. The Zimbra server is available for Linux, Mac OS X, appliances, and virtualization platforms. The Zimbra Web 2.0 Ajax client runs on Firefox, Safari, and IE, and features easy integration/mash-ups of web portals, business applications, and VoIP using web services.

This book shows readers how to install and configure Zimbra for use with the web client, Outlook, and mobile devices. Readers will learn about Zimbra Collaboration Suite architecture and get an overview of its Administration. The book covers setting up users, using Zimbra as your main email server, and security, spam, and virus issues. It wraps up by looking at some Zimlets – Zimbra mashups – as well as backing up and managing performance.

This compact, friendly Administrators Guide contains plenty of step-by-step instructions as well as useful references and checklists. It shows readers how to install and configure Zimbra for use with the web client, Outlook, and mobile devices.


This is a compact Administrators Guide. It is friendly, and contains plenty of step-by-step instructions for installation and
configuration of Zimbra as well as useful references and checklists.

Who this book is for

Administrators working with Zimbra on Linux or Mac OS X. Administrators who want to set up Zimbra for use in small/medium businesses.

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