ESXi still thinks it is connected to vCenter...

and you can't remove any resource pools. I had this issue because I created an SRM lab, tried the exercises and then reverted to snapshots. While testing the lab I created resource pools which were pushed to the ESX hosts. When I reverted to the snapshots, my vCenter was resetted, but the ESX hosts still had the vcenter agent running and in effect they thought they were still connected to a vCenter. You'll also get the annoying issue that when you reconnect a host to "another" vCenter, it will complain about already being managed. When you then try to remove the resource pool, the ESXi host for some reason auto recreates the resource pool. Very annoying :) You could readadd it to a vCenter and then properly remove it. However you can also do the following

Enable the remote technical support.
Run /opt/vmware/uninstallers/VMware-vpxa-uninstall.sh

You should be able to remove the resource pool. I remembered this command from an issue I used to have when I did a migration. Here is a link to the kb article


Zimbra antispam and antivirus not working

If you notice that mails are getting stuck in deferred status you might have the same problem that i just had. Check the logs for a message like this (/var/log/zimbra.log)
Apr  3 21:44:54 mail01 postfix/smtp[9304]: connect to[]:10024: Connection refused

First of all you should try to manually start the service

[root@mail01 conf]$ su zimbra -
[zimbra@mail01 conf]$ zmamavisdctl start
Starting amavisd... The value of variable $myhostname is "mail01", but should have been
a fully qualified domain name; perhaps uname(3) did not provide such.
You must explicitly assign a FQDN of this host to variable $myhostname
in amavisd.conf, or fix what uname(3) provides as a host's network name!

If you get this error you made a mistake like I did. I did gave the fqdn while setting up the server. You can fix this by executing
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmsetservername -n mail01.demo

Then do an exit to get you back to the root shell and reboot

Install zimbra on Centos 5.5

Prereq part

Make sure you have at least 7 gb free (/opt/zimbra requires at least 5GB of space to install). If you scalled to small you can use this article (i did :D)
Then you can extend the logical volume like this
lvextend /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 -l +100%FREE
resize2fs /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00

You can check the size with
df -h

Remember, online resizing is a nono for production environment. I would recommend making a different partition for /opt/zimbra so you can resize this by bringing this partition offline

Fix your /etc/hosts so that it looks similar to

# Do not remove the following line, or various programs
# that require network functionality will fail. localhost.localdomain localhost mail01 mail01.demo
::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6

Install the necessary packages

yum install -y sudo libidn gmp libstdc++ perl sysstat sqlite bind-utils

And finally make sure your mx records are setup
dig demo mx

This should reply your name server

[root@mail01 ~]# dig demo mx

; <<>> DiG 9.3.6-P1-RedHat-9.3.6-4.P1.el5_5.3 <<>> demo mx
;; global options: printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 30023
;; flags: qr aa rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1

;demo. IN MX

nato.demo. 3600 IN MX 10 mail01.demo.

mail01.demo. 3600 IN A

;; Query time: 0 msec
;; WHEN: Sun Apr 3 21:16:02 2011
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 66

Finally, make sure your firewall is configured correctly. I disabled it for the sake of simplicity in this demo setup. You can do this with the following tool (CentOS specific)

# system-config-securitylevel-tui

Actual install

First start by getting the package from http://www.zimbra.com/downloads/os-downloads.html. I usually use wget for this

mkdir -p /usr/src/zimbra
cd /usr/src/zimbra
wget http://files2.zimbra.com/downloads/7.0.1_GA/zcs-7.0.1_GA_3105.RHEL5_64.20110304210645.tgz
wget http://files2.zimbra.com/downloads/7.0.1_GA/zcs-7.0.1_GA_3105.RHEL5_64.20110304210645.tgz.md5

Check that your MD5sums match

md5sum zcs*.tgz
cat zcs*.tgz.md5

Untar your file and install it. Remember we will have to do a platform-override as centos is not supported :)

tar -xzvf zcs*tgz
cd zcs*
./install.sh --platform-override

While installing you will have to answer some questions and set the admin password. This should be quite straight forward if you have done all the previous prereqs. When the install starts, go sip some coffee or tea :)

When done, execute the following. I haven't figured out why this works but it makes the red crosses disappear on the service status page.

su - zimbra
zmloggerctl stop ; zmloggerctl start

You can now do the admin tasks you like on
(your login
And read mail from

Oneliner: Howto install VMware Tools on Centos

What the title say :). Ofcourse you must invoke "install vmware tools" on the vm itself first.

yum install -y perl;mkdir -p /mnt/cdrom;mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom/;tar -xzvf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools*.tar.gz -C /usr/src/;umount /dev/cdrom;cd /usr/src/vmware-tools-distrib/;./vmware-install.pl