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How-to: Installing Scalix enterprise Linux e-mail

Step-by-step instructions for installing Scalix 9.2.

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What: Scalix 9.2

Type of Product: Linux-based e-mail and calendaring platform

Vendor: Scalix provides an enterprise-class messaging platform on Linux.

Value Proposition: Scalix 9.2 is a richly-featured and highly reliable messaging platform that blends with open and proprietary infrastructures, including Microsoft Exchange, Outlook and Active Directory to assure seamless migration with no end-user disruption. Its Web e-mail client, called Scalix Web Access, offers desktop-grade functionality and runs on a broad range of desktop platforms, including Windows, Linux, Unix and Mac, giving customers the flexibility to use Internet Explorer or Firefox to access e-mail, calendar and contacts.

Price: $60 per user client license

How to Install: The following is a ten step description of how to install the Exchange-compatible Scalix e-mail system. The installation process consists of running a wizard that checks the Linux system requirements, copies files to the proper destinations, and guides you through the steps of configuring the system. Additional details about the procedure are in the Scalix Evaluation Guide which is part of a free evaluation version.

The ten steps are:

  1. Provide installation files
  2. Start installation wizard
  3. Copy files to proper locations
  4. Perform system check
  5. Specify mailnode name
  6. Specify e-mail address format
  7. Create admin user
  8. Configure Tomcat
  9. Install Web e-mail client
  10. Complete installation

1. Provide installation files. As the root user, insert the installation CD into the CD ROM drive or go to the directory where you have unpacked a downloaded tar.gz file. If required, mount the CD ROM drive (# mount /mnt/mount).

2. Start installation wizard. Change to the e-mail software directory and enter the following command to start the installer: # ./installer-eval. Click Forward on the first two screens (titled "Welcome" and "Wizard Mode") until you see the screen titled "Installation Files".

3. Copy files to proper location. The default location for the RPMs is ~/software/scalix_server if installing from the tar.gz file and /mnt/cdrom/software/scalix_server if installing from the installation CD. If necessary, you can click "Browse" to locate the installation files. The installer notifies you when it locates the RPMs by enabling the "Forward" button. Click "Forward" to commence file copying. Click "Forward" on the "Component List" screen.

4. Perform system check. The installer verifies the system on which you are installing. If "System checked successfully" is displayed, click "Forward." If the system check is unsuccessful, click "View Log" for information about the failure and correct the problem. For example, if the dependency check fails, click "View Log" to view the missing required rpm(s). The installation guide contains a list of required packages.

If the Java and Tomcat check fails to locate Tomcat and/or the Java SDK, you can choose to accept the warning message (click "Forward"). You will have an opportunity on proceeding steps to:

  • Specify the path to the Tomcat installation
  • Specify the path to the Java SDK installation
  • Install Tomcat

Click "Forward" to continue. You will see the "Installing" screen. Click "Forward" once all of the components have been successfully installed.

5. Specify mailnode name. The mailnode name is a unique string that identifies a set of mailboxes on a server. Specify a name for the mailnode and click "Forward."

6. Specify e-mail address format. The E-mail Address Format window allows you to modify the domain name, the display name format of e-mail accounts, and the Internet address format of e-mail accounts. Examples of the display name and the Internet address format are displayed in this window depending on the selection you make in the pull-down menus. You can accept the default settings (click "Forward") or choose alternate formats.

7. Create Admin User. In the "Username" field, enter a user name, and in the "Password" field, enter a password. Click "Forward." The installer begins creating the message store.

8. Configure Tomcat. The "Tomcat Configuration" window allows you to locate or change the instance of Tomcat and Java to use with the e-mail server applications. The installer displays the latest versions it located during the system check process. You can install a new instance of Tomcat and/or browse to find the currently installed versions of Tomcat and Java.

Click the "Browse" button to locate the Tomcat installation file and to specify the directory in which you want to install Tomcat. The Tomcat installation file can be found on the installation CD in the third_party directory.

  • Click "Install" to begin the installation process.
  • Click "OK" when it completes to return to the Tomcat Configuration window.
  • Click "Forward" after you have returned to the Tomcat Configuration window.
  • 9. Install Web e-mail client. Select the language to use and click "Forward." The installer configures the Web e-mail client.

    10. Complete installation. Click "OK" to complete the installation; the system is ready to use.

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