I’m currently working as an IT system integrator on a small company based on Bekasi, a small town near Jakarta Indonesia. The company founded by me and my young brother and covering on various jobs regarding server setting, implementation, maintenance and workshop/training.
At first, installing server is an interesting jobs but after similar works on some client, I feel bored with the process, ie :
- Virtualization Server (VMWare, KVM, OpenVZ, Xen, etc) Installation
- Server OS installation
- Application Installation
- Customizing the configuration
I think I could reduce the time for processing the above task by making an appliance using SUSE Studio. An appliance will contains my default server setup and all of packages required by application. The results are Minimal Server Appliance.
Minimal Server Appliance based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 64 bit Just Enough Operating System (JeOS). It has all minimal server package with DRBD+Heartbeat from High Availability Extension (HAE) Addons.
The Appliance was successfully tested to running Zimbra Collaboration Suite 7.×.x (latest testing with Zimbra 7.1.3) on VMWare ESXi, Proxmox VE, VirtualBox and KVM Virtualization. Use the following user name and password credentials to make modification to the appliance configuration :
User Name : root
Password : opensuse
By using this application I can reduce the installation time to just a few minutes only. If you wish to make some modification, feel free to clone the appliance and making your own.
Notes from latest releases :
001 : Change Appliance Size to 50 GB (Dynamic Size)
002 : Add netcat package, required by Zimbra zmconfigd
003 : Add Indonesian Local Mirror for SLES 11 SP1 64 bit
004 : Add imapsync package for mail migration and synchronization
005 : Add nmap package for port tracking
006 : Add opendkim package for Zimbra DKIM signature
007 : Add ntp and yast2-ntp-client for time synchronization
008 : Add sqlite3 package, required by Zimbra 7.×.x
I’m intended and mostly using the appliance for Zimbra mail server deployment on top of SLES 11 SP1 64 bit but the appliance itself could be setting up as web server, database server, proxy server, file server, etc.
Minimal Server Appliance available on ISO LiveCD, Preload ISO for physical server deployment and Virtual Image (OVF and VMX extension) for virtual server deployment.
Please let me know if you found any bugs regarding the appliance.