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    Dear Zimbra Community,

    I am a law student that will be working at a small law firm this summer (3 attorneys, 4 staff including me) and I shall also be doubling as the IT guy.

    I worked their prior to law school and one of the projects I was working on was an MS Exchange replacement. The firm is very small, is just beginning, and therefore has very little financial flexibility.

    I want to try Zimbra. Short of buying a new linux box this summer and working on it then, I thought I might try to run it on my Dell laptop I have dual booting Linux and Windows. (I have to have a Windows laptop to take exams.)

    The problem -- I do not have a static IP.

    Q: Can I test Zimbra well without the dynamic IP?

    I am not necessarily a network neophyte, but I am not exactly the most knowledgeable. For instance: I am still trying to get my cheap Netgear router to work as the DHCP server with a local DNS server set up on one of my linux boxes so I can have, not static local IPs, but static local names.

    So, is this something I should begin working on? I think if I can configure something to run in a test demonstration for the head lawyer at this firm, I can convince him to get a Linux server to run it and a static IP for the server.

    Sincerely,
    John
    P.S. I am really excited about Zimbra and want to try and get this system.

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    Try VMWare or a LiveCD easier to demo. You can work with a dynamic IP you'd just need to setup local DNS.
    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
    Try VMWare or a LiveCD easier to demo. You can work with a dynamic IP you'd just need to setup local DNS.

    What if I just made a localhost version of it on that laptop? That would be feasible, having the client/server run on the same machine, yes? I know, not optimal for a real server, but to test it and to get a better understanding of the software?

    I am installing CentOS over my FoxDesktop version of Linux on that Dell now.

    Sincerely,
    John

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    Yes. That can be made to work. In fact I've got Fedora Core 4 running this way on my laptop.
    Looking for new beta users -> Co-Founder of Acompli. Previously worked at Zimbra (and Yahoo! & VMware) since 2005.

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