I'm the network administrator for a medium-sized medical clinic. We're currently using POP3 accounts for email (around 50 active) but I've built a new email server that I will be installing Linux and Zimbra onto (as soon as I get my 3Ware hardware RAID controller in the mail). I've never used Zimbra in my life but I'm trying to make things as easy as possible on myself and maximize performance.
The server was built with overstock parts. It has an Athlon XP processor and 512 MB RAM (which will probably be increased to 1 or 2 GB). I installed (2) 120 GB ATA/133 hard disks that I will mirror for the OS/software and (2) 200 GB ATA/133 hard disks that I will mirror for the mail spool (I like to keep OS and data on different disks). I know SATA or SCSI are better for the task but I had to use parts that were on-hand. We plan on having 50-100 users on the new server who will use it for email and shared calendar functions so I doubt it will be a huge issue.
What's the best way to set up my partitions to maximize performance and reliability? Which partition is Zimbra going to want to put the mail spool on? Would it run better if I had the /swap partition on the same drive array as the OS?
And as a side note, I plan on using the free Zimbra (for now) and a free Linux distro - any suggestion on which distro will give me the easiest integration with Zimbra? I'd prefer FreeBSD but after reading what people have gone through to make it work, err no thanks, no time for that.
Just trying to start out on the right foot.
Thanks in advance!!!