Zentyal Installation Guide

Zentyal Installer

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The preferred way to install Zentyal (formerly eBox Platform) on a new machine from scratch is using the tailored CD installer. This CD contains Zentyal and all its dependencies. The 2.0 version is based on Ubuntu Server 10.04 and is available for 32 and 64 bit architectures.



Note: If you want to define the partition layout manually or you need to specify a proxy to get Internet access, make sure you install using the “expert mode”.

Once the installation process is done, you can access the web interface using a web browser (usually from another machine in the same network):


To log in, a user name and password is asked, this data is asked during the first stage of the installation. But any other user belonging to the “admin” group could be used to log in as well.

Notes for installation on a Virtual Machine

Note: The installers are generated from time to time, so maybe some packages contained on them are outdated. If you have Internet connection during the installation, the latest version of the packages will be installed from zentyal repositories.

Zentyal 2.0 packages

For Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid). You should install the server edition.

Add to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zentyal/2.0/ubuntu lucid main

In order to authenticate the packages in the PPA you can import its public key with the following command:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 10E239FF

Read the 2.0 Announcement for more info.

Zentyal 2.1 Beta packages

For Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid). You should install the server edition.

Add to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zentyal/2.1/ubuntu lucid main

In order to authenticate the packages in the PPA you can import its public key with the following command:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 10E239FF

Read the 2.1 Announcement for more info.

Installing packages

Zentyal has a modular design that allows you to install or remove modules depending on your needs. The number of Zentyal modules is greater than 30. In order to ease the process of installation you can install one or more Zentyal profiles. A profile contains a set of packages that are commonly used in a task. This is a the list of the current profiles:

  • zentyal-office: ebox-samba, ebox-printers, ebox-antivirus, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software, ebox-monitor
  • zentyal-communication: ebox-mail, ebox-jabber, ebox-asterisk, ebox-mailfilter, ebox-antivirus, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software, ebox-monitor
  • zentyal-security: ebox-firewall, ebox-ids, ebox-squid, ebox-openvpn, ebox-mailfilter, ebox-antivirus, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software, ebox-monitor
  • zentyal-gateway: ebox-network, ebox-squid, ebox-firewall, ebox-trafficshaping, ebox-l7-protocols, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software, ebox-monitor
  • zentyal-infrastructure: ebox-network, ebox-dhcp, ebox-dns, ebox-openvpn, ebox-webserver, ebox-ntp, ebox-ebackup, ebox-software, ebox-monitor, ebox-ftp

The groupware module (ebox-zarafa) needs an extra repository added in /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner

Note that if you use our installer Zarafa is already included in the CD and it’s also included in the zentyal-office profile.

The old groupware module (ebox-egroupware) is also on a separate repository:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zentyal/2.0-contrib/ubuntu lucid main

After editing your sources.list, make sure that your package database is up to date by running the following command:

sudo apt-get update

After that, you just need to run:

sudo apt-get install zentyal

And then point your browser to the Zentyal IP address and follow the instructions on screen:


You can also use the command line to install the packages.


sudo apt-get install zentyal-office

You can also install all the eBox packages:

sudo apt-get install ebox-all

In case you need just a few modules you can also install any of the following list by running apt-get install <modulename>:

  • ebox-antivirus
  • ebox-asterisk
  • ebox-ca
  • ebox-dhcp
  • ebox-dns
  • ebox-ebackup
  • ebox-firewall
  • ebox-ftp
  • ebox-ids
  • ebox-jabber
  • ebox-l7-protocols
  • ebox-mail
  • ebox-mailfilter
  • ebox-monitor
  • ebox-network
  • ebox-ntp
  • ebox-objects
  • ebox-openvpn
  • ebox-printers
  • ebox-remoteservices
  • ebox-samba
  • ebox-services
  • ebox-software
  • ebox-squid
  • ebox-trafficshaping
  • ebox-usersandgroups
  • ebox-webserver
  • ebox-radius
  • ebox-webmail
  • ebox-zarafa

The new package names from Zentyal 2.1 on are:

  • zentyal-antivirus
  • zentyal-asterisk
  • zentyal-ca
  • zentyal-dhcp
  • zentyal-dns
  • zentyal-ebackup
  • zentyal-firewall
  • zentyal-ftp
  • zentyal-ids
  • zentyal-jabber
  • zentyal-l7-protocols
  • zentyal-mail
  • zentyal-mailfilter
  • zentyal-monitor
  • zentyal-network
  • zentyal-ntp
  • zentyal-objects
  • zentyal-openvpn
  • zentyal-printers
  • zentyal-remoteservices
  • zentyal-samba
  • zentyal-services
  • zentyal-software
  • zentyal-squid
  • zentyal-trafficshaping
  • zentyal-users
  • zentyal-usercorner
  • zentyal-webserver
  • zentyal-radius
  • zentyal-webmail
  • zentyal-zarafa

Taken from: Zentyal Documentation

Mobile Development with PhoneGap

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PhoneGap platforms

Install Firefox 4 in Ubuntu from PPA

As you may know Firefox has reached more than the double of downloads than IE9 in just 24 hours, If you use Ubuntu and need an easy and quick way to update your current Firefox version, here are the steps:

Firefox 4

First we need to add the Firefox PPA repository, type the following command in your terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable

If you already have installed Firefox on your system use:

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude upgrade

For new installations use:

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install firefox

That’s it, enjoy! 😉

Amazon Android App Store goes Live!

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It has more than 3,700 between free and paid apps from all the big development names and one interesting thing is that Amazon will put all their online app store background experience on this new launch, including features like app recommendation as with traditional products.

The launch didn’t go without a hitch. Apple thinks the name is too similar to its own Apple App Store and issued a formal complaint. According to the iPhone/iPad maker, Amazon is “improperly using” Apple’s trademark in connection to its mobile software developer program and its application download service.


Ubuntu Wireless Compaq Mini

First lets see what is your wifi card info, type the following in a terminal:

lspci | grep Wireless

My info is:

02:00.0 Network controller: RaLink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe

Next you have to install the dkms package:

sudo aptitude install dkms

Now download the file rt3090-dkms_2.3.1.7-0ubuntu0~ppa2_all.deb from this page (I’m using Ubuntu 10.04, you can choose whatever best fits your version)

After download is complete, you can install it with:

sudo dpkg -i rt3090-dkms_2.3.1.7-0ubuntu0~ppa2_all.deb

Wait a couple of minutes, reboot and you’re done.

Happy wardriving! :p

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