Zimbra

August 3rd, 2008 Comments off

One of the projects I’m involved with at work is implementing a new email system. We’re going to be moving approximately 2100 users from Squirrelmail to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite. As part of the transition we’re not going to be moving user’s mail, instead choosing to go the fresh slate route. All of our users will still have access to their old mail for some time to get what they really need out of their mailboxes. We’re also going to be moving completely away from using mail clients, opting instead to have our users access their mail through the ZCS web UI and utilize all of it’s features. We didn’t make these choices lightly, but honestly our users have a habit of using their email for jokes, shopping, and more jokes – none of which I feel like moving. As for the mail client decision – anyone who’s ever migrated 3GB worth of email from one computer to another can probably see where we’re coming from.

In terms of the user experience, moving from Squirrelmail to Zimbra is akin to trading in a Ford Model T for a Dodge Viper. Zimbra has a beautiful AJAX UI that, while being easy on the eyes, is also extremely functional. Users essentially have all the functionality that they would expect from a locally installed client. One nice thing about Zimbra is that you’re not locked into using the AJAX interface – you can choose to use a standard HTML interface which is a stripped down version of the UI, but still a million times better than what we’re moving from.

One of the things I’m hoping to do with this blog is provide information on our Zimbra implementation that other admins may find useful. I’ve spent hours trying to find solutions to problems we’ve run into already (syncing Zimbra’s internal LDAP server with an external OD server and auto-provisioning new email accounts for instance) and if I can save another admin the hassle, I’ll be satisfied that I accomplished something.

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What It’s All About

May 13th, 2008 Comments off

So… a first post. A real first post.

I decided to start this blog for a few reasons. First, to document everything I’m doing at work in hopes that it can help someone else avoid the hours and hours of frustrating searches I had to go through to find the answers I needed.

The second reason is really a continuation of helping people – but instead of limiting it to my work-related projects, I’m going to try and offer up my thoughts on working with technology. Mind you, it won’t necessarily be the “right way” (as if there even is such a thing!), but it will be a tried and true method I use with positive results. I’m also thinking about opening things up and taking tech questions from people – either through email or a forum system. I haven’t quite decided yet, but when I do you’ll read about it here.

Finally…

I just needed another “me” project.

So, coming soon, I’ll be posting tech-related entries on a variety of topics. Some related to my job, some related to non-work tech stuff, possibly reviews of new stuff coming out. Really, at this point it’s all up in the air. But I do know where I want it all to land.

Welcome, and I hope if you’ve come here looking for answers I’m able to provide them, or at least point you in the right direction.

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Coming Soon

March 24th, 2008 Comments off

Kicking the tires on this MT 4 installation… these templates are a bit maddening for the uninitiated.

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