ZCS Administrator's Guide, Open Source Edition 5.0 (Rev 5.0.19 September 2009)
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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 user accounts.
When you install the Zimbra Collaboration Suite, one administrator account is created during installation. The administrator can use the administrator’s account name and password to log on to the console immediately after the installation is complete.
 
Administrator Accounts
Only accounts designated as administrator can log into the administration console to manage accounts and server configurations. One administrator account is initially created when the software is installed. Additional administrator accounts can be created. All administrator accounts have equal privileges.
To give administrator privileges to an account, check the Administrator box on the General tab in the user’s account.
Logging In
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.The initial password is configured when ZCS is installed.
Note: A different login and logout page can be configured either as a global setting or as a domain setting.The attributes to modify are zimbraAdminConsoleLoginURL to specify a URL to redirect administrators if their log in is not authenticated or authentication has expired, and zimbraAdminConsoleLogoutURL to specify a URL to redirect administrators when they log out.
 
Changing Administrator Passwords
The administrator password is created when the ZCS software is configured during installation. The password can be changed at any time from the Accounts toolbar. Select the account and change the 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 global administrators log on to the administration console, the right pane displays the Content pane with the Server Status and the left pane is the Navigation pane that displays all the functions exposed through the console.
The area above the Content pane includes the Search function, the Help Desk and the Downloads links.
Search and Advanced Search allow you to quickly find accounts, aliases, distribution lists and resources for editing.
Help Search searches Zimbra’s wiki, forums, and documentation. This is a powerful unified search to quickly find answers to common questions.
Help Desk includes the Help, and links to ZCS documentation
Downloads includes a link to download migration wizards, import wizard, and other useful downloads.
Administration Console - Managing Accounts Page
The Navigation pane includes the following sections and folders:
Addresses
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.
Configuration
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 ZCS 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.
Zimlets. You can add new Zimlets, set access privileges by COS and by individual accounts and disable and uninstall Zimlets from ZCS.
Admin Extensions. You can create custom modules to add to the Zimbra administration console user interface. You can use the administration console to easily upload and install your modules
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.
Monitoring
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 a Session tab that shows active session information for the Web Client, Administrators and IMAP, and a Mailbox Quota tab that shows quotas for individual accounts.
Tools
Mail Queues. Shows the number of messages on the Zimbra MTA that are in the Deferred, Incoming, Active, and Hold queues.
Backups. You can start a backup session, view the back sessions and their status, and restore mailboxes from specific backup sessions.
Certificates. You can easily install, manage, and view self-signed and commercial certificate details for Zimbra servers from the administration console.
Searches
In the Searches section of the Navigation pane, several popular search queries, including search for inactive accounts, search for locked out accounts, and search for closed accounts, are available.
Managing Tasks from the Administration Console
From the administration console, the global administrator can do the following:
See the Managing ZCS Configurations, for information about how to configure these functions.
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 Command-Line Utilities” for details about the commands.
Creating Message of the Day for Administrators
Global administrators can create messages of the day (MOTD) that can be viewed when global and domain administrators log in to the administration console.
A global or domain multi-value attribute, zimbraAdminConsoleLoginMessage, is used to create a MOTD. The message is created from the CLI zmprov.
Every time an admin logs in the message displays at the top left on the administration console. They can close the message. The message displays until it is replaced or removed.
Example of a Message of the Day
To create a message of the day
You can create a message globally or for a specific domain.
1.
 
The quotes must be used.
You can create more than one message to display. Run the command again to create additional messages, but add a plus sign (+) before the attribute, as in this example
 
To remove a message of the day
To remove a specific message, type the attribute, adding a minus sign (-) before the attribute and type the message as it is shown.
 
To remove all messages, type the attribute and add a single quote at the end.
 
 

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