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    Hi,
    This looks fantastic, however having skimmed throught the docs I get impression that Zimbra needs to be installed on a fresh Linux install.

    We currently run a RH EL4 server with 60gb spare disc space, 1gig ram and 2.8 ghz CPU, problem is that it runs Plesk. We use MySql with 7 databases in use, Qmail with 150 users.
    Currently users are accessing their email via eGroupware.

    So can Zimbra be installed without having to disable MySql and Apache?
    Can we run more than 1 instance of mysqld?

    Or would I have to back up all websites and web CMS (Mambo, moodle) and their respective databases , disable Qmail & courier then reestablish the site and databases on Zimbra's Mysql and Apache?

    Plesk relies on MySql so the existing one would need to be retained as is.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjames
    So can Zimbra be installed without having to disable MySql and Apache?
    Yes. Depending on how your DNS is set up, I would reccomend running zimbra on a dedicated server and having your website on another server. It helps a lot with load balancing.

    Quote Originally Posted by sjames
    Can we run more than 1 instance of mysqld?
    Yes, but you have to change the sql port settings and you have to change the location of where it puts the pid. I can't remember how to do this offhand though, so you may want to look it up. CAUTION: You should be very careful with this. If you set it up wrong, you might end up muddling up your entire ZCS installation. ALWAYS BACKUP

    Quote Originally Posted by sjames
    Or would I have to back up all websites and web CMS (Mambo, moodle) and their respective databases , disable Qmail & courier then reestablish the site and databases on Zimbra's Mysql and Apache?
    I actually run Joomla. I keep Joomla on a totally seperate machine. I think you could save yourself a lot of hassle by just setting up seperate servers. This works great for me because if I need to restart the ZCS machine, then I'll just pull the link off the homepage so users can't access it-and it doesn't take my whole site offline.

    Good luck, and I hope this helps. There are TONS of ways that you can configure your website, but the most sensible is to have a totally dedicated e-mail server.

    John

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    Thanks for the comments.

    Using different ports is a good idea.

    We rent a dedicated server for our domains email and web site, I think running both would not be too much of a strain in our particular situation regarding server load.

    However we could not justify renting another server to run this (we are a k12 school) so a method of adding it easily to an existing set up would be a welcome document.

    Perhaps I may eventually be able to write it myself
    Regards
    Steve

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