The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution

Bertrand Russell

Welcome to vBlog, a personal record of my techy tinkerings and particular ponderings.

I tend to focus on VMware virtualisation, and the interaction/automation of it using PowerCLI (VMware's PowerShell Snapin), but anything that I happen to stumble across that seems like it might be of use at a later date, may well get recorded here.

I also maintain vWiki, which was a predecessor to this blog. Wiki's are great for quickly recording snippets of info, but tend not to look that great; Blog's are better looking things, but seem to require more effort so that the posts/articles are accessible in their own right. As a result I tend to update both interchangeably as available time, and depth of thought, permit.

If you happen to find anything of use, or in need of correction please leave a comment. Knowing that my ramblings are of some use is a great reward; and similarly I'd hate to waste anybody's time by feeding them duff info.

See these pages for me info about me, and my vBlog, and below for my recent posts...

I’ve been using Zimbra’s Collaboration Server (ZCS) as mail server/calendar/document store for about a year.  I chose it because I wanted a professional standard email server, and didn’t want to pay the £500 plus to do it (and do it legally).  You can spend £400 getting Zimbra Network Edition (price has probably changed since when I was looking), but the FOSS version has done me fine.  The email client is great, though the desktop client is only just getting there.

Since Zimbra was purchased by VMware, they’ve obviously wanted to make it more virtualisation friendly (the first FOSS version I used needed a fair bit of tweaking to keep its memory and CPU reasonable), and the epitome of that is the virtual appliance.  And for me the carrot on the stick to tempt me to move to that from the comfort of my existing server is the fact that I can get ActiveSync (aka Zimbra Mobile) functionality for free (for a 10 account license, previously it was a component of the premium Network Edition).

Anyway, this is how I’ve got the Zimbra Collaboration Appliance (ZCA) running (v7, which I used to create this post, is currently beta, and there are a few workarounds included here, hopefully they won’t be required in the production release).

Once you’ve got it running see my follow on post covering Migrating to Zimbra Collaboration Appliance

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