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    Well,

    My server has now been running for about a month or so and for the amount of users I have, roughly 30, my IBM quad 700mhz Xeon with 1G or ram and a RAID5 array works wonderfully good.

    I can tell that this setup runs much faster than when I was running zimbra on a P4 1.8Ghz with 512M of ram.

    I'm really plased with the product.

    Thanx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ringnebula
    Get ready for a laugh -
    Here's a laugh:

    Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake
    eMachines AMD Sempron 3100+
    1gb RAM / 100gb
    Approximately 30 users / 5 distribution lists.

    Webmail performs well on similar dekstops, but on our older ThinkCentre A50 workstations we suffer slightly. POP3 performance has increased significantly from our previous box. (eSoft Instagate EX....)

    This was my first server. /opt/zimbra is backed up nightly on a W2k3 server, then to tape. That $350 box is doing a dandy job of acting as a firewall, DHCP server, proxy server, Zimbra host. I do have a backup machine configured with a mirror of the HD ready for a quick swap.

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    I settled on an inexpensive Compaq Proliant ML370 server
    2 x PIII Xeon 1GHz processors
    2 GB Ram
    6 x 18GB Ultra SCSI drives in raid5 (single array)

    Supporting about 25 users, most using the web interface, a few on pop3.

    Speed is fine but could be better, only noticable on large mail boxes when doing a search, which is to be expected.

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    hello...

    I'm using a

    P4 3.2 MHZ
    Asus Mobo
    2 gb ram
    300 gb sata drive
    linux fedora core 4 - fc4

    ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ringnebula
    Get ready for a laugh -

    I have been running zimbra for 3 versions now on a single PIII 500 with 768MB ram and 2 60GB drives in raid 1 (software). The userload is light, about 25 users of which only 5 I think are using the ajax client. The rest are using imap. Performance is reasonable on the LAN but the box probably couldn't handle any more accounts.

    If I could get OSS to compile on solaris (sparc) then I could run Zimbra on some real hardware.

    I have tested on bigger x86 machines with more users and performance still seemed to be mostly dependant on client machine speed and browser.
    That's interesting to know, as i'm planning to run Zimbra for myself and my girlfriend, just so we can access our email from any PC in the house & externally through my firewall.

    I'm planning to run it on a Mini-ITX with either an 600/800 Mhz Eden/C3 processor with 512 Mb RAM and a laptop drive, as it will be powered up 24/7 and that little setup will only draw about 30-50 watts. This machine will also be doing a few other tasks like running a Wiki and Subversion server.

    To anyone watching: Will this be sufficient or should i up the RAM to a gig ?

    Many Thanks.

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    My test server :

    RHEL 4 Update 2
    IBM HS20 Blade
    1 GB RAM
    2x 73GB 10K SCSI HD

    The test went well. The test was meant for demo. Currently hosts 20+ unlimited accounts for system admins to play with. Managed to migrate accounts from the current iPlanet messaging mailsvr to zimbra flawlessly. Still looking for solution to migrate iPlanet calendar.

    For sure, production setup will come soon. Any suggestions on the hardware spec(servers) for full implementation to cater 2000 users..

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    i'm using a virtual machine with Fedora4, 1.2Gb RAM and about 65Gb for the email. The server on which the vm runs is a dual xeon 3.2Gh with 3Gb RAM.
    it's only my impression or Zimbra is quite heavy?

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    Various different "machines" for various purposes:

    1.) First machine, initial testing.
    RHEL 4 64bit in a Xen domU (32bit compat libs)
    1GB RAM
    Single 2.8Ghz Opteron
    20GB "disk" (underlying mirrored 250GB SATA disks)

    2.) Initial rollout (just a tech team testing phase)
    RHEL 4 64bit in a Xen domU (32 compat libs)
    2GB RAM
    2x 2.8Ghz Opterons
    100GB disk

    3.) Future
    What I've got earmarked for the complete roll out:
    RHEL 4 64 bit, in a Xen domU with Zimbra 3.2 (64bit support yay!)
    4GB RAM
    2x Dual Core Opteron 3.0Ghz
    mirrored 250GB SATA disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoTo
    i'm using a virtual machine with Fedora4, 1.2Gb RAM and about 65Gb for the email. The server on which the vm runs is a dual xeon 3.2Gh with 3Gb RAM.
    it's only my impression or Zimbra is quite heavy?
    There is a basic low-end footprint for the various moving parts, but assuming you've got enough CPU/disk/MEM it should scale pretty well.
    Looking for new beta users -> Co-Founder of Acompli. Previously worked at Zimbra (and Yahoo! & VMware) since 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinH
    We are looking at a simple HTML interface which will give an option to users who are on dial-up or lower end PC's. Nothing committed yet but we recognize there is some need/want for this until user's get on modern hardware.
    --> That would be kewl.
    We use Zimbra web client locally and for broadband connections.
    For dialup, GPRS, Q2N, CSD, kiosks, etc., connections we use SM ( Squirrelmail ) HTTPS via LDAP to Zimbra Server as SM has a simple interface with low bandwidth/CPU requirements.
    PDA's do Secure LDAP.

    Seem to have covered all of our bases so far ( been running Zimbra since Mid-june 2006 )

    A light Zimbra would be kewl though. ;-)

    Scotty

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