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How to install Zimbra 8 on CentOS 6

August 28, 2013 Zimbra 8 is a Free Email Server and is considered an Exchange replacement. Zimbra has an easy to use Web GUI that will allow you to manage your email efficiently. Here are the steps to take when installing Zimbra a Free VPS or Dedicated Server

1. Install CentOS 64 bit minimal install. You can use 32bit as well. 2. Create your MX records and A Records before you start. 3. yum -y install nc wget nano make nc sudo sysstat libtool-ltdl glibc perl ntp 4. Turn off sendmail if installed and turn off iptables.

chkconfig sendmail off chkconfig ip6tables off chkconfig iptables off

5. Disable selinux vi or nano /etc/selinux/config change the selinux= line to SELINUX=disabled 6. Add the mail servers hostname

vi /etc/hosts 192.168.10.10 mail.server.com

7. Download Zimbra to your server

wget http://files2.zimbra.com/downloads/8.0.4_GA/zcs8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036.tgz

8. Extract Zimbra

tar xvzf zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036.tgz

9. cd to the extracted directory

cd zcs-8.0.4_GA_5737.RHEL6_64.20130524120036

10. Run the install script

./install.sh platform-override

11. Answer the prompts Y = YES


Do you agree with the terms of the software license agreement? [N] Y Do you agree with the terms of the software license agreement? [N] Y Install zimbra-ldap [Y] Install zimbra-logger [Y] Install zimbra-mta [Y] Install zimbra-snmp [Y] Install zimbra-store [Y] Install zimbra-apache [Y] Install zimbra-spell [Y] Install zimbra-memcached [N] Install zimbra-proxy [N]

You appear to be installing packages on a platform different than the platform for which they were built. This platform is CentOS6_64 Packages found: RHEL6_64. This may or may not work. Using packages for a platform in which they were not designed for may result in an installation that is NOT usable. Your support options may be limited if you choose to continue.

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

You may get the following error if DNS is not resolving correctly.

DNS ERROR resolving MX for mail.server.com

It is suggested that the domain name have an MX record configured in DNS

Change domain name? [Yes] Y

Add your domain name next.

Create domain: [mail.server.com] server.com

MX: mail.server.com (192.168.10.10)


Interface: 192.168.10.10 Interface: 172.0.0.1 Interface: ::1 done.

12. Next you will come to the Main Menu which will show your configuration. Select #3 then change the Admin Password under option #4 next hit r to go back.

*** CONFIGURATION COMPLETE press a to apply Select from menu, or press a to apply config (? help) a Save configuration data to a file? [Yes] Y The system will be modified continue? [No] Y

13. When it finishes hit return to exit.


To access the web administration console point your browser to : https://mail.server.com:7071 The clients web console is available at : https://mail.server.com You can configure domains and DNS later with in the Zimbra administration console