[plug] Zimbra

Tim Bowden tim.bowden at mapforge.com.au
Wed May 4 18:12:46 WST 2011

On Wed, 2011-05-04 at 17:23 +0800, Brad Campbell wrote:
> On 04/05/11 17:05, Tim Bowden wrote:
> hris
> >
> > I'm just a bit upset it can't use PostgreSQL instead of MySQL.  Gets me
> > riled up every time I come up against that.  Wordpress is the other one
> > that's pissed me off there.  As far as I'm aware neither of them use
> > features specific to MySQL.  They just didn't put any value in being
> > even slightly db agnostic.
> >
> The real clanger with Zimbra is it is a complete pain to install and 
> cleanly integrate into an already configured server. It wants a clean 
> server of one of a very small list of approved operating systems.

That's getting less painful.  All it takes is a fresh virtual server all
of its own.  Not so hard any more with kvm.  CPU cycles are cheap enough
for small operations.

> Because (A) it's expensive, and (B) it has a limited license count I 
> only want to use it for a limited number of e-mail accounts. I've got it 
> set up behind an existing Exim mail server that runs most of the domain 
> and only passes through the mail for the mobile accounts.
> Chris is right though, the Exchange Connector and the mobile syncing 
> features are only available in the commercial version.
> Having said that did I mention it syncs with my blackberry? That alone 
> is worth the price of admission for me.
> I've lost count of the money I've *cough* against the wall in the last 
> 10 years alone buying phones and trying to get them to do this.

I've not tried mobile sync.  At lest there's still IMAP for mail.
Surely that works fine for mobile?  Is there really no calendar sync for
mobile?  Some strange unknown formats at play?

I don't mind the simple backups or short downtime (few seconds with lvm
snapshots).  If you're in an exchange free environment (ok, mostly only
small business) lack of outlook integration is not such a big problem
because they're probably not using the features you're missing.  Full
outlook would be nice (the less the users desktop is messed with the
better), but that's survivable for certain scenarios.

Tim Bowden

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