Moving Zimbra system Open Source edition to a new server

You can move Zimbra system Open Source edition to a new server using rsync command following these steps: Note: If and only if the Operating System is going to be same on both old and new server.

  • Stop your existing ZCS using “zmcontrol stop”.
  • Check if no zimbra process is running if so kill that process.
  • Do a cold and offline backup of /opt/zimbra directory using rsync command:

# rsync -avrlHKpogDt /opt/zimbra /opt/zimbra.bak

  • Copy the zimbra.bak file to the new server.
  • On new server, install the same version of ZCS and Keep the “hostname” and “zmhostname” same as old server.
  • Stop ZCS on new server using “zmcontrol stop”.
  • Remove the complete zimbra directory:

# rm -rf /opt/zimbra

  • Restore from cold backup using rsync command:

# rsync -avrlHKpogDt /opt/zimbra.bak /opt/zimbra

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