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    Hi,
    i'm a newbie on this zimbra servers, i already have 2 installed mail servers, but there are a lot if things that i'm not sure of yet.
    I have been looking in the forum, but i havenīt found what i really need.
    I need to install some other zimbra mail servers, all of them with public ip. I have a 160 GB hard drive, 2 G of ram.

    How many partitions should i create?
    what would be the size for each partition?
    where are the emails been saved?
    how i save the emails and accounts in case i have to format the drive, or reinstall in another server?

    and other things like that

    thanks for your replies..... sorry for my tarzan-style writing, english its not my mother language, i do what i can

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    Is this all going on one machine? If so this is impossible... there can only be one Zimbra install per machine.
    Are these other servers all for separate domains, if so why not just setup the first Zimbra install to handle these domains?

    2 GB of RAM is the minimum recommended for a production server.

    Backup procedure depends on which version of Zimbra you have, Open Source or Network Edition.

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    all those servers will be instaled on diferent machines. I have publics ip for each one of them. The same with the domains.
    I have open source zimbra

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    so? .... nothing? where can i find answers for my questions?

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    Unless you configure otherwise, the default location for pretty much all the important stuff is /opt/zimbra. While there's other things modified (system users/crontab/initd/syslog/logrotate/prelinks/rpmconf/etc) and some logs are stored elsewhere like /var/log, /opt contains all your data openldap, mysql metadata, blob store, lucene index, config, etc such that if you had / & /opt partitions you could replace the OS on / (configure it practically the same, matching hostname, UID's, etc) and run install.sh -s to get a working system.

    If you want a break down how much to assign to / /boot /swap /tmp /var /opt /usr we can provide it, but I'm just playing with the bare min above. It's possible to do things like put queues & spools on ram disks, mysql & ldap on a fast disk, indices on a different partition, and stores in another location, redologs wherever (and if NE use HSM to move old items to even slower disks or put the hot backups elsewhere). Use mount, symlinks, or zmvolume to your hearts content.

    One Zimbra install per OS, and I gather by the above convo these are physically separated not virtual machines, nor are you linking them in a multi-server or multi-domain setup, just individual self contained instances.

    I would hope that 160GB is across 2x80GB RAID1, otherwise your point of failure is pretty high.

    If it's 1x160GB I might even do lvm mirror or mdadm 2 partitions to help with unreadable bad sectors (can't remap if you can't read it) but that cuts your space in half. Best to have some type of frequent backup solution in place.

    Course if it's really 1box+hostOS X 6vm guestOS's X 160gb allotted each on some underlying RAID10, and you just wanted to make it simple in explaining, then cool.
    Last edited by mmorse; 10-29-2009 at 08:26 AM.

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    I'm going to try to explain it better, based in my original post.
    Quote Originally Posted by padial View Post
    Hi,
    i'm a newbie on this zimbra servers, i already have 2 installed mail servers, but there are a lot if things that i'm not sure of yet.
    I have been looking in the forum, but i havenīt found what i really need.
    I need to install some other zimbra mail servers, all of them with public ip. I have a 160 GB hard drive, 2 G of ram.

    How many partitions should i create?
    what would be the size for each partition?
    where are the emails been saved?
    how i save the emails and accounts in case i have to format the drive, or reinstall in another server?

    and other things like that

    thanks for your replies..... sorry for my tarzan-style writing, english its not my mother language, i do what i can
    I need to install other server, in other machine, with another fqdn, another public ip, another HDD, etc.
    The questions were made thinking in the need to make backups of the emails in case that i have to reinstall the complete server.

    Thanks anyway for your replies, and sorry again for my english.

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    so..... nothing?

    thanks anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by padial View Post
    so..... nothing?

    thanks anyway
    Reading the posts above it would seem that you've been given answers based on the details you've provided. The problem is the details you've provided are rather sparse and you haven't said how many servers, how much RAM, how many users on each machine, what specifications they are, single server or multi-server, what HD configuration (RAID etc.) on each system, how much mail traffic you expect etc. etc. ..... - fill in the blanks and someone may be able to give you further advice. Mind yoy, there are details of hardware sizing in the forums if you'd care to search.
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