Test Zimbra in OVF / VMX Format in VMware's Virtual Appliance Marketplace

By | April 30, 2010

Recently we updated our listing on VMware’s Virtual Appliance Marketplace with a trial version of ZCS Network Edition 6.0.6. We packaged it up in two formats – traditional VMX/VMDK and the Open Virtualization Format, OVF for short, using VMware Studio. The traditional VMX/VMDK package can be use with VMware’s desktop products like Workstation for Linux/Windows and Fusion for MAC. You can also go grab VMware Player for FREE and test drive the ZCS trial on either Linux or Windows. OVF PropertiesThe OVF package can be used “out-of-the-box” with VMware vSphere or imported to other VMware desktop and server products using the standalone OVF Tool 1.0 or vCenter Converter.

The OVF 1.0 format is a platform independent, DMTF standard that streamlines the application setup process in a virtual environment.  This makes deploying the ZCS trial fast and simple to testdrive the latest features.

  • You can deploy the ZCS trial OVF package right from a URL directly to VMware vSphere using the “Deploy OVF Template” wizard in the vSphere Client or the OVF Tool 1.0.
  • The vSphere Client reads the OVF template and auto-configures certain virtual machine settings as well as guides you through mapping the network and storage configurations into your target runtime environment.
  • You will also be prompted to answer runtime specific installation parameters like the ZCS server’s hostname and the admin username/password.

All of the captured input is used on “first boot” to automatically configure the ZCS trial as a unique running instance complete with an activated 15 day trial license! This is a good example of the collaboration that’s been happening between the Zimbra and vSphere teams and a sign of good things to come as we are busy building our Zimbra virtual appliance.

The Zimbra virtual appliance will be ready to ship later this year and will feature a

  • Simplified Admin experience
  • Expanded usage of OVF properties to further streamline the deployment process
  • New capabilities to simplify patch management, mailbox creation, and migration

For more information, you can check out the appliance RFEs in bugzilla.

UPDATE: You can now find this at http://www.zimbra.com/products/zimbra-appliance.html


Comments

  • I am trying the vmx/zip version. The password I set works well on the shell login prompt but unfortunately _not_ on the web login under the given URL. At least not with “vmware” as username as the Documentation states. Without that login the appliance seems completely useless.

    Commented on July 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm
  • to update my last comment: The problem was the locale/keyboard layout! It is set to “en” on the shell, where the PW is set but of course I have it to my local language in the Browser. As one can see on the VA Reviews this seems to bring frustration to more people. So there should at least be prominent hints on this. Better even – do localisation timely.

    Commented on July 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm
  • I am demoing the Zimbra_607_341_OVF with ESXi4.0.0. At power up I get the message:
    Starting up …
    This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU.
    Unable to boot – Please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.

    How do I resolve?

    Commented on August 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm
  • Hi, I get an empty link every time I try to retrieve the OVF version of the zimbra appliance.
    Have you got any idea where the appliance has gone. Is there an alternative link/source I can find this
    appliance at? Any help appreciated.

    Commented on August 31, 2010 at 11:43 pm
  • WHERE IS IT??? Links are not showing any appliance for download? PLEASE UPDATE!!!

    Commented on April 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm