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Please note that VServer is an unsupported product for use with Zimbra, and there may be more issues than presented below in attempting to operate Zimbra while using it. I present the following strictly to educate on the issues you are likely to encounter if you are considering VServer, and this is strongly discouraged and again unsupported by Zimbra.

Use at your own peril.

Issues unrelated to platform

We've encountered three unrelated to platform. These could just as easily manifest themselves in a RedHat environment as ours and are all related to security.

It is recommended security practice to only install what is needed to provide fewer vectors for attack. Thus, secure installation will likely hit some of the issues we encountered. We have included the following dependencies in our internal documentation. Some have been installed at other's recommendation while we were flailing for a solution and have not been verified as essential. I certainly wouldn't mind someone going through these to determine which are essential. I would suggest including the essential ones in the Zimbra documentation:

Extra Modules to install

  • yum
  • install
  • tar
  • bzip2
  • gzip
  • less
  • man
  • fetchmail
  • sudo
  • libidn
  • curl
  • gmp
  • compat-libstdc++-33
  • compat-libstdc++-296
  • libtool-ltdl
  • vixie-cron
  • file
  • cpio
  • zip
  • wget
  • sysstat
  • xfs
  • lsof
  • strace
  • pstack
  • pcre
  • gmp
  • libtool-ltdl
  • unrar
  • p7zip
  • freeze
  • lzop
  • arj
  • arc
  • zoo
  • lha
  • cabextract
  • tnef
  • perl-Convert-TNEF
  • perl-Unix-Syslog
  • perl-Digest-HMAC
  • perl-IO-Socket-SSL
  • perl-LDAP
  • perl-MIME-Types
  • psacct
  • words
  • perl-DBD-MySQL

CENTOS issues

We encountered a single CentOS specific issue. CentOS 5.3 uses rsyslog instead of syslog. RHEL 5.3 also includes rsyslog but does not make it the default. Thus, solving this problem would not only prevent questions from CentOS users (and then aggravating them by telling them CentOS is not supported) but will also spare you grief from RHEL customers who may have a need to run rsyslog instead of syslog.

The problem manifests itself in the installation routine which attempts to modify the /etc/syslog.conf file and then restart the syslogd service and logrotate which attempts to restart syslogd.

VSERVER issues

We needed to expose /proc/vmstat for statistics collection and the stats will reflect the entire vserver host and not just the zimbra guest.

We needed to exclude the /opt/zimbra/db/data and /opt/zimbra/logger/db/data directories from the hashify function.

We needed (well not really but it made life simpler) to disable the Single IP Special Handling and enable masked loopback addressing.

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