Administration Console

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The Zimbra administration console is the browser-based user interface used to centrally manage all Zimbra servers and mailbox accounts.

When you install the Zimbra Collaboration Suite, the administrator’s user name and password are configured during installation and an admin account is configured. You can log on to the console immediately after the installation is complete.

Only accounts designated as administrator can log onto the administration console to manage accounts and server configurations. For the Network Edition, two kinds of administrator accounts can be created:

Global Administrators, who have full privileges to manage servers, global settings, domains, and accounts. One global administrator account is initially created when the software is installed. Additional administrator accounts can be created.
Domain Administrators, who can create, modify and delete accounts for a specific domain.

The administrator type is designated when an account is created. For the Network Edition, on the General tab, either the Administrator or the Domain Administrator box is checked.

Global Administrator

A global administrator manages servers, global configuration, domains and all accounts. Administration tasks can be performed either from the administration console or using the Zimbra command-line interface tools. The global administrator can delegate a user as a domain administrator. More than one global administrator can be configured.

Domain Administrator

A domain administrator can create and maintain accounts, aliases, distribution lists, and calendar resources in a specific domain. The Zimbra global administrator configures the domain's global settings and account features and preferences. All accounts on the domain are assigned the same COS.

The domain administrator can download and run the Migration Wizard to migrate Microsoft Exchange server mail accounts to their domain.

All tasks are performed from the administration console. Delegated administrator see only the functions they can maintain, Accounts, Aliases, Distribution Lists, and Resources. Help topics explain delegated administrator tasks.

Logging on

To start the console in a typical installation, use the following URL pattern.

https: //

Where is the current running Zimbra server name or IP address and default HTTP listen port is 7071.

Enter the complete administrator address, as and then enter the password. Click Log On.

Changing Administrator Passwords

The administrator password is created when the Zimbra software is configured during installation. The password can be changed at any time from the Accounts toolbar. Select the administrator account and click Change Password.

The administration password can also by changed using the command line utility (CLI) zmprov setpassword. Enter as zmprov sp password

About the Administration Console

When you open the admin console, the right pane is the Server Status page. and the navigation pane, on the left, displays the functions exposed through the console.


The left navigation pane includes the following folders:

Accounts. Lists all accounts. In the Accounts folder, you create and manage end-user accounts, setting options, class of service, passwords and aliases for an account.
Aliases. Lists all aliases that have been created in Accounts. You can use the Move Alias feature from the toolbar to move an alias from one account to another.
Distribution Lists. Lists all distribution lists. You can create new distribution lists and add or delete members of a distribution list.
Resources. Lists location or equipment that can be scheduled for a meeting. You can create new resources and set the scheduling policy for the resource.
Class of Service. Lists classes of service (COS) that have been created. As a minimum, the default COS is displayed. You can create, edit, or delete COS definitions.
Domains. Lists the domain in the Zimbra environment. You can create and manage domains, configure GAL, and configure the authentication mechanism to use for that domain.
Servers. Lists the servers, the host name and description. You can configure services, MTA, SMTP, IMAP, and POP features for servers.
Global Settings. From the Global Settings folder, you set the global defaults rules for GAL search results, acceptance of incoming attachments, for MTA, POP, IMAP, anti-spam and anti-virus configuration. These default settings are used when personal options and COS settings are not set.
Server Status. Shows the current status, either On or Off, for all servers that are running Zimbra MTA, Zimbra LDAP, Zimbra Store, SNMP, and the anti-virus service.
Server Statistics. Shows both system-wide and server specific data about the inbound message volume, inbound message count, and disk usage for messages processed in the last 24 hours, the last three months, and the last year. Server specific data includes Mailbox Quota information.
Mail Queues. Shows the number of messages on the Zimbra MTA that are in the Deferred, Incoming, Active, and Hold queues.
The Search field allows you to quickly find accounts, aliases, distribution lists and resources for editing.
See the [../managing_zcs.7.1.html#1019719 Managing ZCS Configurations], for information about how to configure these functions.

Management Tasks from the Administration Console

From the administration console, you can do the following:

Create and manage end-user accounts
Monitor server status and performance statistics
Add or remove domains
Create Classes of Service (COS), which are used to define group policies for accounts
Create distribution lists
Enable or disable optional user-interface features such as conversations and contacts in the email client
Configure various global settings for security, address book, and MTAs
Use the Migration Wizard to migrate Microsoft Exchange server email accounts to the Zimbra server and to import the email and contact information

Management Tasks Not Available from Administration UI

The Zimbra command-line interface (CLI) is another method of configuring and maintaining the Zimbra system. The CLI tool set contains utilities that are not available through the administration console. The CLI options are executed on each server individually.

Use CLI command utilities for the following. See Appendix A, CLI Commands for details about the commands.

Backup and restore (Network Edition).
Start and stop services, CLI zmcontrol
Create self-signed certificates, CLI zmcreatecert
Manage local server configuration, CLI zmlocalconfig
Provision accounts in bulk, CLI zmprov
Cross mailbox searches, CLI zmmboxsearch
Message tracing, CLI zmmsgtrace
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