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17 November 2011, 16:46

New admin GUI for Zarafa

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Zoom Z-Admin can access external servers to obtain user management data

Messaging and collaboration specialist Zarafa has released version 1.0 of Z-Admin, the company's next generation, open source administration interface for the Zarafa Collaboration Platform (ZCP). With the Z-Admin web application, system administrators can set up, configure, monitor and maintain a Zarafa mail server using any modern browser. To develop Z-Admin, Zarafa worked with German firm bitboneGerman language link to integrate the open source Yaffas (Yet another framework for administering servers) administration framework into the groupware server.

As can be expected, the tool's main administrative focus is on the mail server area. From basic mail server settings to spam filter rules, system administrators can now do their work using the Z-Admin GUI. Admins can also check memory consumption and cache settings at runtime, and optimise them if required. For editing and managing users and groups, Z-Admin can – depending on the requirements – either use the ZCP server's data or access an external OpenLDAP or Active Directory server.

Internally, Z-Admin is based on Yaffas with a customised ZCP theme and several Zarafa-specific modules. The modules are developed on the Zarafa Community Hub, while Yaffas is hosted on SourceForge. Further information, including installation instructions, can be found in the provided documentationPDF. Licensed under the AGPLv3, Z-Admin 1.0 is available to download from the company's site, and is compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Ubuntu Server.

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