Zimbra 5 Installation 4 Debian etch

Hi guys,

finally, after 2 days, i’ve completely done a perfect installation of zimbra 5(without the normal configuration post-installation).

I explain the problem. In all posts that i’ve finded over the web, there isn’t a real explanation of the question: Why and in particular manner How can i configure a damned dns server to carry the installation to the end normally?
Well, i have the solution. In this tutorial i explain with examples and useful links.

First step: Configure the environment.

I’ve installed on my Vmware workstation a simple Vm(Debian Etch netinstall) with the minimum requirements and packages:

– Ssh
– Xfce + Xdm
– zimbra packages required
– the linux system of the distro(without other packages)

Note: The Vm it’s important had al least 7 GB because of zimbra install require 5GB

Second step: hostname(Warning: the hostname.FQDN must be in lower case letter!)

You have to assign the hostname to the server ip. It is very important that the fqdn entry appears before the hostname.

vi /etc/hosts

It should look like this:       localhost.localdomain localhost   zimbraVM.diegotech.com zimbraVM
# 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 zimbraVM.diegotech.com > /etc/hostname

… and reboot the system.


When the system is up again, the output of the both commands …


… and …

hostname -f

… should be:


Third step:DNS

Well, we’ve got no problems on the road, but in this moment we’ve to take more carefully these instructions.

You need a running DNS server in your LAN that contains a valid A & MX record for this server – otherwise Zimbra won’t work. To do this there are 2 choice:

– Have a Dns server on the lan(1)
– Make your pc a Dns Server(2)

for the (1) choice:
I used another server ( running mydns for this howto. Add the nameserver’s IP to the resolve configuration:

vi /etc/resolv.conf

The nameserver on your LAN has to be the first entry. It should look like this:


for the second choice it’s more challenging and tricky to explain, but follow in the section Configure a Dns cache server on your own pc.

Step 4 : Needed pkg

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

Step 5: Get Zimbra and init the installation.

Please take a look at http://www.zimbra.com/community/downloads.html to see which is the latest version. Download and unpack it.

**cd /tmp/
**wget http://files.zimbra.com/downloads/5.0.2_GA/zcs-5.0.2_GA_1975.DEBIAN4.0.20080130234700.tgz
tar xvfz zcs-5.0.2_GA_1975.DEBIAN4.0.20080130234700.tgz


Be sure that no other services like sendmail, postfix or mysql are running!

**cd /tmp/zcs-5.0.2_GA_1975.DEBIAN4.0.20080130234700
**./install.sh -l

Read the license agreement and press “Enter” to continue. Zimbra will now check if all prequisites are installed on the system. The output should look like this:

Checking for prerequisites…
sudo…FOUND sudo-1.6.8p12-4
libidn11…FOUND libidn11-0.6.5-1
fetchmail…FOUND fetchmail-6.3.6-1etch1
libpcre3…FOUND libpcre3-6.7+7.4-2
libgmp3c2…FOUND libgmp3c2-2:4.2.1+dfsg-4
libxml2…FOUND libxml2-2.6.27.dfsg-2
libstdc++6…FOUND libstdc++6-4.1.1-21
openssl…FOUND openssl-0.9.8c-4etch1
libltdl3…FOUND libltdl3-1.5.22-4
Prerequisite check complete.
Checking for standard system perl…
perl-5.8.8…FOUND standard system perl-5.8.8

Select the pkg.

Install zimbra-ldap [Y] Y
Install zimbra-logger [Y] Y
Install zimbra-mta [Y] Y
Install zimbra-snmp [Y] Y
Install zimbra-store [Y] Y
Install zimbra-apache [Y] Y
Install zimbra-spell [Y] Y
Install zimbra-proxy [N] N

The system will be modified. Continue? [N] Y

Now the packages are being installed – this could take a while.

Installation Menu from command-line.

After the packages have been installed you’ll see the main menu. It should look like this:

Main menu

1) Common Configuration:
2) zimbra-ldap: Enabled
3) zimbra-store: Enabled
+Create Admin User: yes
+Admin user to create: admin@zimbravm.diegotech.org
******* +Admin Password UNSET
+Enable automated spam training: yes
+Spam training user: spam.m0bqyoayc@
+Non-spam(Ham) training user: ham.ygch0qyz1@zimbravm.diegotech.org
+Global Documents Account: wiki@zimbravm.diegotech.org
+SMTP host: zimbravm.diegotech.org
+Web server HTTP port: 80
+Web server HTTPS port: 443
+Web server mode: http
+IMAP server port: 143
+IMAP server SSL port: 993
+POP server port: 110
+POP server SSL port: 995
+Use spell check server: yes
+Spell server URL: http://

4) zimbra-mta: Enabled
5) zimbra-snmp: Enabled
6) zimbra-logger: Enabled
7) zimbra-spell: Enabled
8) Default Class of Service Configuration:
r) Start servers after configuration yes
s) Save config to file
x) Expand menu
q) Quit

Address unconfigured (**) items (? – help)

Points that are marked with asterisks to their left have to be configured manually. As you can see you have to set the admin password. Enter “3” (without the quotes) and press “Enter” to switch to the corresponding submenu. The output should look like this:

Store configuration

1) Status: Enabled
2) Create Admin User: yes
3) Admin user to create: admin@
** 4) Admin Password UNSET
5) Enable automated spam training: yes
6) Spam training user: spam.m0bqyoayc@
7) Non-spam(Ham) training user: ham.ygch0qyz1@zimbravm.diegotech.org
8) Global Documents Account: wiki@zimbravm.diegotech.org
9) SMTP host: zimbravm.diegotech.org
10) Web server HTTP port: 80
11) Web server HTTPS port: 443
12) Web server mode: http
13) IMAP server port: 143
14) IMAP server SSL port: 993
15) POP server port: 110
16) POP server SSL port: 995
17) Use spell check server: yes
18) Spell server URL: http://

Select, or ‘r’ for previous menu [r]

Enter “4” (without the quotes) and press “Enter” to modify the admin password. Now you’ll be asked for the new password.

Password for admin@zimbravm.diegotech.org (min 6 characters): [TR9Fm7uD]

Enter a desired password and press “Enter“. Afterwards press “Enter” to switch back to the main menu. The configuration is now complete and the output should look like this:

Main menu

1) Common Configuration:
2) zimbra-ldap: Enabled
3) zimbra-store: Enabled
4) zimbra-mta: Enabled
5) zimbra-snmp: Enabled
6) zimbra-logger: Enabled
7) zimbra-spell: Enabled
8) Default Class of Service Configuration:
r) Start servers after configuration yes
s) Save config to file
x) Expand menu
q) Quit

*** CONFIGURATION COMPLETE – press ‘a’ to apply
Select from menu, or press ‘a’ to apply config (? – help)

Enter “a” (without the quotes) and press “Enter” to apply the configuration. You’ll be asked a few questions – answer them as follows.

Save configuration data to a file? [Yes] Enter
Save config in file: [/opt/zimbra/config.5422]
Saving config in /opt/zimbra/config.5422…done.
The system will be modified – continue? [No] Y

Now Zimbra configures itself with the given configuration. This could take a while – the output should look like this:

Operations logged to /tmp/zmsetup.02062008-135354.log
Setting local config values…done.
Setting up CA…done.
Creating SSL certificate…done.
Initializing ldap…done.
Setting replication password…done.
Setting Postfix password…done.
Setting amavis password…done.
Deploying CA to /opt/zimbra/conf/ca …done.
Creating server entry for
Setting spell check URL…done.
Setting service ports on
zimbravm.diegotech.org to zimbraMailHostPool in default COS…done.
Installing skins…
Setting zimbraFeatureIMEnabled=FALSE…done.
Setting zimbraFeatureTasksEnabled=TRUE…done.
Setting zimbraFeatureBriefcasesEnabled=TRUE…done.
Setting zimbraFeatureNotebookEnabled=TRUE…done.
Setting MTA auth host…done.
Setting TimeZone Preference…done.
Creating domain
Creating user admin@
Creating postmaster alias…done.
Creating user wiki@
Creating user spam.m0bqyoayc@
Creating user ham.ygch0qyz1@
Setting spam training accounts…done.
Initializing store sql database…done.
Setting zimbraSmtpHostname for
Initializing logger sql database…done.
Initializing mta config…done.
Configuring SNMP…done.
Setting services on
Setting up zimbra crontab…done.
Setting up syslog.conf…done.

After all you’ll be asked if you want to notify Zimbra of your installation. Press “Enter” if you want to do that, or enter “N” (without the quotes) and press “Enter” if you disagree to that. Afterwards the system will be initialized – it should look like this:

Starting servers…done.
Checking for deprecated zimlets…done.
Installing zimlets…
Initializing Documents…done.
Restarting mailboxd…done.

Moving /tmp/zmsetup.02062008-135354.log to /opt/zimbra/log

Press “Enter” to exit. Let’s look if all Zimbra services are running proper – switch to the Zimbra account …

su – zimbra

… and enter the command:

zmcontrol status

The output should look like this:

Host zimbravm.diegotech.org
antispam Running
antivirus Running
ldap Running
logger Running
mailbox Running
mta Running
snmp Running
spell Running
stats Running

If one or more services have not been started, enter the command:

zmcontrol start

Switch back to the root account via:


Step 5: login into account.

You can access the administration web interface via https://zimbravm.diegotech.org:7071/zimbraAdmin/

That’s all. Take a look to the Dns configuration, it’s very important for the simple installation of Zimbra on Debian Etch.


http://www.howtoforge.org/zimbra-collaboration-suite-5.0-on-debian-etch-p3 — The original guide
http://howtoforge.com/installing_zimbra_collaboration_suite_on_ubuntu —Ubuntu users


~ di diegotech su marzo 17, 2008.

4 Risposte to “Zimbra 5 Installation 4 Debian etch”

  1. Good day!,

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  3. thank you very much, the information provided is very helpful.

    in my case, i found the packages for java, “ant” and “ant-optional” (debian) are also needed. and my zimbra is running now. thanks.

  4. Muito Obrigado,,, helpful


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