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Using the Administration Console

Using the Administration Console
The Zimbra administration console is the browser-based user interface used to centrally manage all Zimbra servers and mailbox accounts.
When you install the Zimbra Collaboration Suite, the administrator’s user name and password are configured during installation and an admin account is configured. You can log on to the console immediately after the installation is complete.
Administrator Accounts
Only accounts designated as administrator can log onto the administration console to manage accounts and server configurations. Two kinds of administrator accounts can be created:
Global Administrators, who have full privileges to manage servers, global settings, domains, and accounts. One global administrator account is initially created when the software is installed. Additional administrator accounts can be created.
The administrator type is designated when an account is created. On the General tab, either the Administrator or the Domain Administrator box is checked.
Global Administrator
A global administrator manages servers, global configuration, all domains and accounts. Administration tasks can be performed either from the administration console or using the Zimbra command-line interface tools. The global administrator can delegate a user as a domain administrator. More than one global administrator can be configured.
Domain Administrator
A domain administrator can create and maintain accounts, aliases, distribution lists, and calendar resources in a specific domain. The Zimbra global administrator configures the domain's global settings and account features and preferences. All accounts on the domain are assigned the same COS.
The domain administrator can download and run the Migration Wizard to migrate Microsoft Exchange server mail accounts to their domain.
All tasks are performed from the administration console. Delegated administrator see only the functions they can maintain, Accounts, Aliases, Distribution Lists, and Resources. Help topics explain delegated administrator tasks.
Logging on
To start the console in a typical installation, use the following URL pattern.
https://server.domain.com:7071/
Where server.domain.com is the current running Zimbra server name or IP address and default HTTP listen port is 7071.
Enter the complete administrator address, as admin@domain.com and then enter the password. Click Log On.
Changing Administrator Passwords
The administrator password is created when the Zimbra software is configured during installation. The password can be changed at any time from the Accounts toolbar. Select the administrator account and click Change Password.
The administration password can also by changed using the command line utility (CLI) zmprov setpassword. Enter as zmprov sp adminname@domain.com password
About the Administration Console
When you open the admin console, the right pane is the Server Status page. and the navigation pane, on the left, displays the functions exposed through the console.
 
Figure 8: Administration Console - First Page Displayed
The left navigation pane includes the following folders:
Accounts. Lists all accounts. In the Accounts folder, you create and manage end-user accounts, setting options, class of service, passwords and aliases for an account.
Aliases. Lists all aliases that have been created in Accounts. You can use the Move Alias feature from the toolbar to move an alias from one account to another.
Distribution Lists. Lists all distribution lists. You can create new distribution lists and add or delete members of a distribution list.
Resources. Lists location or equipment that can be scheduled for a meeting. You can create new resources and set the scheduling policy for the resource.
Class of Service. Lists classes of service (COS) that have been created. As a minimum, the default COS is displayed. You can create, edit, or delete COS definitions.
Domains. Lists the domain in the Zimbra environment. You can create and manage domains, configure GAL, and configure the authentication mechanism to be used for that domain.
Servers. Lists the servers, the host name and description. You can configure services, MTA, SMTP, IMAP, and POP features for servers.
Global Settings. From the Global Settings folder, you set the global defaults rules for GAL search results, acceptance of incoming attachments, for MTA, POP, IMAP, anti-spam and anti-virus configuration. These default settings are used when personal options and COS settings are not set.
Server Status. Shows the current status, either On or Off, for all servers that are running Zimbra MTA, Zimbra LDAP, Zimbra Store, SNMP, and the anti-virus service.
Server Statistics. Shows both system-wide and server specific data about the inbound message volume, inbound message count, and disk usage for messages processed in the last 24 hours, the last three months, and the last year. Server specific data includes Mailbox Quota information.
Mail Queues. Shows the number of messages on the Zimbra MTA that are in the Deferred, Incoming, Active, and Hold queues.
The Search field allows you to quickly find accounts, aliases, distribution lists and resources for editing.
See the Managing Zimbra Collaboration Suite, for information about how to configure these functions.
Management Tasks from the Administration Console
From the administration console, you can do the following:
Use the Migration Wizard to migrate Microsoft Exchange server email accounts to the Zimbra server and to import the email and contact information
Management Tasks Not Available from Administration UI
The Zimbra command-line interface (CLI) is another method of configuring and maintaining the Zimbra system. The CLI tool set contains utilities that are not available through the administration console. The CLI options are executed on each server individually.
Use CLI command utilities for the following. See Appendix A, CLI Commands for details about the commands.
 
 

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