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    Thumbs up I just want webmail :)

    I looked at a few demo's and flash presentations and Zimbra looks like a really nice product for someone needing a full email server and email client with all the bells and whistles.

    Before I jump in with both feet and switch my entire mail setup to Zimbra, I would like to use the AJAX email client in Zimbra. I have a working imap server in-house and a few pop3 accounts on the Internet. Is there a way to just install the webmail client of Zimbra without installing all of the Zimbra servers?

    Basically, I'm looking to replace my unattractive squirrelmail installation with a nice pretty AJAX email client. Is Zimbra (or some small portion thereof) the right tool for this job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johabba View Post
    Basically, I'm looking to replace my unattractive squirrelmail installation with a nice pretty AJAX email client. Is Zimbra (or some small portion thereof) the right tool for this job?
    The answer is, you can't. The web client is tightly integrated with the rest of the suite and it's not possible to extract it. You could set-up a Split Domain with your current server and test it that way. It will allow you to keep your current set-up and test Zimbra on another server.
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    That's what I was afraid of. Thx for the info. Using Zimbra just for webmail looks like trying to kill an ant with hammer. But, Zimbra looks like a very nice hammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johabba View Post
    But, Zimbra looks like a very nice hammer.
    It certainly is, and worth the effort.
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    We migrated 2500-some users months ago, and we're happy, but I'm getting a fair amount of pushback from people who want their old IMP webmail back, because if all you want is email, it's faster than Zimbra. Some of the things mentioned at Looking for ZWC "cruise mode" productivity are addressed in 5.0, but most aren't.

    One of our students rants about this at Life, Carleton, and all things Bill

    On the plus side, Zimbra actually has a good IMAP server (except for the *huge* move bug in 5.0RC1), so if you really wanted to point IMP or Squirrelmail at it, you could. The IMAP servers that ship with the other finalists in our evaluation, Exchange and GroupWise, are much more badly broken.

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    Not to push you away from Zimbra because I think it is a terrific
    product, but if you are just looking for a pretty webmail interface
    and really don't want to rip and replace your architecture (which I fully understand), Give this one a shot: The RoundCube Webmail Project
    It's good looking and has some AJAX feel to it. Only problem is development
    on it is rather slow but it is in a perfectly usable state. You're not going
    to get anywhere near the level of functionality of Zimbra though.
    Good Luck!

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