Forwarding to lists as a zimbra admin has offered his considerations
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We went through the Build-vs-Buy discussion with the folks at
the Brady Campaign before we decided to purchase a perpetual
license for it for 50 users. I never once used the support that
was included since most of the questions I have had were answered
in their forums.
I have been running Zimbra for myself (with several hundred
virtual client accounts) since version 5 which I believe we began
using 4 years ago. Before that we were using a homebrew system
where we manually compiled Postfix, Cyrus-SASL, Courier-IMAP and
There are pros and cons to running the open source and licensed
versions. The licensed versions comes with the migration tools
which was essential to use as we had to move about a million
emails and archives dating back to 1995. It also offers a nightly
internal backup. It all depends on how technically savvy you are
should you wish to switch administrators.
You are correct that you will need a dedicated server. Brady,
having a few million e-mails, is running on a RAID5+1 (3 drives
plus 1 hot-swappable) with a total storage capacity of 1.5TB, 4GB
of RAM, nightly incremental and weekly full backups to tape and
UPS. We host it at a facility in San Diego.
Once set up and running Zimbra is pretty much a "hands-off"
program. It requires little care and feeding outside of
maintaining updates to the server and patching Zimbra as releases
The only issues we have encountered is with the Connector for
MS Outlook having some quirks working with Outlook 2010. Most of
the Brady employees use the web interface or the Zimbra client.
The integrated e-mail and calendar has changed the way many of
them work since the Groupwise solution was, well, "weak" - and
that's being extremely generous.
We also enabled the (hidden) instant messenger which some use
through the web client, some use iChat/Trillian/Pidgin. And
everyone swoons over the mobile interface and easy integration
with iPhone. Android has a known bug in it (version 2.2.3 does, at
least) that causes it reject valid SSL certificates so you cannot
get past the account setup screen. KMail (free) will work fine
That may be way too much information but I feel it's best to
know what you're getting into. I am a fan of Zimbra and would
recommend it to anyone looking for a robust collaboration system.
It's not just e-mail. The calendar, address book, briefcase and
Zimlets (add-ons) are amazing. Plus no one reads your e-mail (I'm
looking at you, Google) and when something goes wrong you can
actually call a Real Human Being and find out what the problem
If you have made it this far and you want to know more my
Tuesday is booked pretty tight. Wednesday afternoon after 2PM is
P.S. If you want to try-before-you-jump in I can arrange to get
it set up on a server for you for $175 per month. That includes
setup of a low-end server and installation of Zimbra open source.
We can put it on one of my parked domains and you can get the feel
of the administrator and client sides.
On Oct 10, 2011, at 4:08 PM, Todd Grayson wrote:
A zimbra administrator!!
Awesome, I was concerned that we would not be able to find
people experienced with it!
Keith, if you don't mind, take a look at my previous comments
on build vs buy on zimbra from the list (attached e-mail) and
comment back to the working group on your thoughts as you can
add perspective on the discussion.
Reply-all with any thoughts on build vs buy on zimbra, and
managing it in general. How much ongoing support did you find
yourself having to do with it once you were up and deployed?
On 10/10/2011 11:11 AM, Martin Kaminer wrote:
Thanks Keith. I'm ccing Todd here as he's
the person who's most involved with this. I know they
were reconsidering whether they did in fact want to go
with Zimbra or not, maybe if nothing else you can help
them make the right decision.
On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 11:54
AM, Keith Hall <email@example.com>
My company uses Zimbra and we recently
deployed it for the Brady Campaign to Prevent
Gun Violence upgrading their GroupWise system to
Please let me know if we can help.
On Oct 9, 2011, at 10:53 AM, Martin
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Todd Grayson
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2011
Subject: [NYCGA Internet] Request for
immediate assistance: Zimbra deployment
If anyone has experience with zimbra
administration please notify the list.
(assuming most of you are not on the
Occupy Wall Street Tech list, Todd's email
is tgraysonco at gmail. If anyone has
this expertise it would be of tremendous
benefit to the OWS/OE movement)
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