Install Zimbra in Cloud-DigitalOcean

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This article applies to the following ZCS versions.

ZCS 8.6 Article ZCS 8.6ZCS 8.5 Article ZCS 8.5


Purpose

The purpose of this Wiki article is show how to install Zimbra Collaboration 8.x on a Cloud Environment, in this case, over DigitalOcean which have Datacenters around the World and permit us change the hostname, and have internal IPv4 in case that we need it.

Note: This configuration or install guide is not supported 100% by Zimbra, and you should ask to your Zimbra Partner, or the Zimbra Professional Services before try this in production.

Creating the Droplet

First step is login inside the DigitalOcean website: Zimbra-digitalocean-001.png

Once logged, click in Droplets section and please click in the Create Droplet button: Zimbra-digitalocean-002.png

In the creation of the Droplet, we will see different options to choose:

  • Hostname: This it will be the hostname of our instance. Is better to use a TLD domain in Zimbra Collaboration, specially in this Cloud Environment. The future SSL deployment and administration it will be easier with a TLD domains.
  • Size: The Size of the Droplet matters, specially in 8.x, we need to follow the System Requirements guide, which tell us that we need at least 8GB RAM at least in a Single Server deployment like this. But we can start with a 2vCPU 4GB of RAM Droplet, and move to a bigger instance if our workload need it - [More Info about the CPU and RAM amount http://wiki.zimbra.com/wiki/Performance_Recommendations_for_Virtualizing_Zimbra_with_VMware_vSphere#vCPU_Resources]
  • Region: We can choose between the different Data Centers around the World that DigitalOcean provide us, the best option here is select the region closer to us, or to our Customers.
  • Operating System: Zimbra Collaboration supports Ubuntu, RedHat and Suse, you can choose the OS that you prefer here, in this Wiki article, Ubuntu 14.04LTS.
  • SSH Keys: If you prefer to add the SSH Keys, you can in this step, in other case, the login will be with user/password.

Finally we will click on Create Droplet button. Zimbra-digitalocean-003.png Zimbra-digitalocean-004.png Zimbra-digitalocean-005.png

And the Droplet creation will start. DigitalOcean will send us the IP, username and password by email. Zimbra-digitalocean-006.png

Once the Droplet is finnally Up, we can see a lot of options to do with the Droplet:

  • Power: We can power off or restart the Droplet.
  • Access: If we need to change the username or password of the Droplet.
  • Resize: This tab is very useful in case that we need to resize the Droplet, with more RAM, disk, etc.
  • Snapshots: We can take snapshots of the Droplet, giving us some calm with it.
  • Settings: We can change the hostname, kernel, etc.
  • Graphs: In this option we can see the graphs about CPU, Bandwith, etc.
  • Destroy: We can terminate the Droplet with this option

Zimbra-digitalocean-008.png

Creating the DNS records

Once we have the public IP, we can create and prepare the DNS Zone. In this case, we will not use SplitDNS, so the server will resolve the MX and A records from external DNS. This pictures are an example and are based in a cPanel DNS:

  • Create an A entry with the same hostname like the Droplet
  • Create an Mx entry with weight 10 and points to the A entry that we created before
  • In cPanel we need to mark like Remote Mail Exchanger

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Install Zimbra Collaboration 8.x

Once the Droplet is Up and running, is time to download the Zimbra Collaboration package and deploy it.

Download the package with the next command:

root@zimbra86:~# wget https://files.zimbra.com/downloads/8.6.0_GA/zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116.tgz
--2015-01-22 17:10:35--  https://files.zimbra.com/downloads/8.6.0_GA/zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116.tgz
Resolving files.zimbra.com (files.zimbra.com)... 54.230.8.107
Connecting to files.zimbra.com (files.zimbra.com)|54.230.8.107|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 733882340 (700M) [binary/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116.tgz’
100%[==============================================================================>] 733,882,340 37.1MB/s   in 30s
2015-01-22 17:11:05 (23.6 MB/s) - ‘zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116.tgz’ saved [733882340/733882340]

Extract the package with the next command:

root@zimbra86:~# tar xzvf zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116.tgz
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-apache_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-core_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-dnscache_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-ldap_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-logger_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-memcached_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-mta_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-proxy_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-snmp_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-spell_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/packages/zimbra-store_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/bin/
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/bin/get_plat_tag.sh
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/bin/zmValidateLdap.pl
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/bin/checkLicense.pl
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/bin/zmdbintegrityreport
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/data/
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/data/versions-init.sql
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/YPL.txt
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/zcl.txt
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/zimbra_public_eula_2.5.txt
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/admin.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/Fedora Server Config.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/Import_Wizard_Outlook.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/Migration_Exch_Admin.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/Migration_Exch_User.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/MigrationWizard_Domino.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/MigrationWizard.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/OSmultiserverinstall.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/quick_start.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/RNZCSO_2005Beta.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/User Instructions for ZCS Import Wizard.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/Zimbra iCalendar Migration Guide.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/Zimbra_Release_Note.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/Zimbra Schema.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/docs/en_US/zimbra_user_guide.pdf
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/util/
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/util/modules/
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/util/modules/getconfig.sh
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/util/modules/packages.sh
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/util/modules/postinstall.sh
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/util/addUser.sh
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/util/globals.sh
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/util/utilfunc.sh
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/readme_source_en_US.txt
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/readme_binary_en_US.txt
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/install.sh
zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/README.txt
root@zimbra86:~# cd zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116/

Install all the dependencies before install Zimbra Collaboration:

root@zimbra86:~/zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116# apt-get update
root@zimbra86:~/zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116# apt-get install libperl5.18 libaio1 unzip pax sysstat sqlite3

Now is turn to launch the Zimbra Collaboration install script, and click Yes in the License questions:

root@zimbra86:~/zcs-8.6.0_GA_1153.UBUNTU14_64.20141215151116# ./install.sh

Operations logged to /tmp/install.log.2123
Checking for existing installation...
zimbra-ldap...NOT FOUND
zimbra-logger...NOT FOUND
zimbra-mta...NOT FOUND
zimbra-dnscache...NOT FOUND
zimbra-snmp...NOT FOUND
zimbra-store...NOT FOUND
zimbra-apache...NOT FOUND
zimbra-spell...NOT FOUND
zimbra-convertd...NOT FOUND
zimbra-memcached...NOT FOUND
zimbra-proxy...NOT FOUND
zimbra-archiving...NOT FOUND
zimbra-core...NOT FOUND

PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE SOFTWARE.
ZIMBRA, INC. ("ZIMBRA") WILL ONLY LICENSE THIS SOFTWARE TO YOU IF YOU
FIRST ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. BY DOWNLOADING OR INSTALLING
THE SOFTWARE, OR USING THE PRODUCT, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO BE BOUND BY
THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS
AGREEMENT, THEN DO NOT DOWNLOAD, INSTALL OR USE THE PRODUCT.

License Terms for the Zimbra Collaboration Suite:
http://www.zimbra.com/license/zimbra-public-eula-2-5.html

Do you agree with the terms of the software license agreement? [N] y

The process will check the packages, etc:

Checking for prerequisites...
FOUND: NPTL
FOUND: netcat-openbsd-1.105-7ubuntu1
FOUND: sudo-1.8.9p5-1ubuntu1
FOUND: libidn11-1.28-1ubuntu2
FOUND: libpcre3-1:8.31-2ubuntu2
FOUND: libgmp10-2:5.1.3+dfsg-1ubuntu1
FOUND: libexpat1-2.1.0-4ubuntu1
FOUND: libstdc++6-4.8.2-19ubuntu1
FOUND: libperl5.18-5.18.2-2ubuntu1
FOUND: libaio1-0.3.109-4
FOUND: resolvconf-1.69ubuntu1.1
FOUND: unzip-6.0-9ubuntu1.1

Checking for suggested prerequisites...
FOUND: pax
FOUND: perl-5.18.2
FOUND: sysstat
FOUND: sqlite3
Prerequisite check complete.

Checking for installable packages

Found zimbra-core
Found zimbra-ldap
Found zimbra-logger
Found zimbra-mta
Found zimbra-dnscache
Found zimbra-snmp
Found zimbra-store
Found zimbra-apache
Found zimbra-spell
Found zimbra-memcached
Found zimbra-proxy

And now, the installer will ask about what packages we should install, I've let the dnscache, and I've removed Proxy and memcached, but you can let them in Yes.

Select the packages to install

Install zimbra-ldap [Y]

Install zimbra-logger [Y]

Install zimbra-mta [Y]

Install zimbra-dnscache [Y]

Install zimbra-snmp [Y]

Install zimbra-store [Y]

Install zimbra-apache [Y]

Install zimbra-spell [Y]

Install zimbra-memcached [Y] n

Install zimbra-proxy [Y] n
Checking required space for zimbra-core
Checking space for zimbra-store
Checking required packages for zimbra-store
zimbra-store package check complete.

Installing:
zimbra-core
zimbra-ldap
zimbra-logger
zimbra-mta
zimbra-dnscache
zimbra-snmp
zimbra-store
zimbra-apache
zimbra-spell

The system will ask us about if we are sure, press Y.

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

Removing /opt/zimbra
Removing zimbra crontab entry...done.
Cleaning up zimbra init scripts...done.
Cleaning up /etc/ld.so.conf...done.
Cleaning up /etc/security/limits.conf...done.

Finished removing Zimbra Collaboration Server.

And now the system will ask us about if we want to change the domain, we will press yes and rename it to zimbra.io:

Installing packages

zimbra-core......zimbra-core_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
zimbra-ldap......zimbra-ldap_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
zimbra-logger......zimbra-logger_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
zimbra-mta......zimbra-mta_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
zimbra-dnscache......zimbra-dnscache_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
zimbra-snmp......zimbra-snmp_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
zimbra-store......zimbra-store_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
zimbra-apache......zimbra-apache_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
zimbra-spell......zimbra-spell_8.6.0.GA.1153.UBUNTU14.64_amd64.deb...done
Operations logged to /tmp/zmsetup01222015-171534.log
Installing LDAP configuration database...done.
Setting defaults...

DNS ERROR resolving MX for zimbra86.zimbra.io
It is suggested that the domain name have an MX record configured in DNS
Change domain name? [Yes] Yes

Create domain: [zimbra.io] zimbra.io

done.

Add the Admin password following the next steps:

Address unconfigured (**) items  (? - help) 7

Select, or 'r' for previous menu [r] 4

Password for admin@zimbra86.zimbra.io (min 6 characters): [fpDgjarc] WOURPASSWORDHERE 

Press r to return to the main menu:

Select, or 'r' for previous menu [r] r

The final question is press a to apply and select Yes to the questions:

*** CONFIGURATION COMPLETE - press 'a' to apply
Select from menu, or press 'a' to apply config (? - help) a
Save configuration data to a file? [Yes]
Save config in file: [/opt/zimbra/config.10363]
Saving config in /opt/zimbra/config.10363...done.
The system will be modified - continue? [No] y

After 4 minutes more or less, the installer will ask us about if we want to notify Zimbra about the installation, we will select Yes:

Notify Zimbra of your installation? [Yes]
Notifying Zimbra of installation via http://www.zimbra.com/cgi-bin/notify.cgi?VER=8.6.0_GA_1153_UBUNTU14_64&MAIL=admin@zimbra.io

Notification complete

Setting up zimbra crontab...done.

Moving /tmp/zmsetup01222015-171534.log to /opt/zimbra/log

Configuration complete - press return to exit 

We can check the resources consumption in real time with the htop command Zimbra-digitalocean-009.png

Login in Zimbra Collaboration

Once installed, we can launch the Admin Console with the next URL https://FQDN:7071 Zimbra-digitalocean-010.png

Or via Web Client like regular user in the next URL https://FQDN Zimbra-digitalocean-011.png

Next Steps

  • Create the different COS for the users
  • Create the users
  • Buy an install a Commercial SSL certificate
  • Prepare some Backups with the DigitalOcean API


Verified Against: Zimbra Collaboration Suite 8.6, 8.5 Date Created: 01/23/2015
Article ID: https://wiki.zimbra.com/index.php?title=Install_Zimbra_in_Cloud-DigitalOcean Date Modified: 02/20/2015



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