(This blog is dedicated to the IT guys at the office)

Since the office is about to go on full migration to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (aka Zimbra e-mail), I’ve decided to tackle the steps how to access and set this up on a workstation. Many guys had been saying that it’s a pain to set this up, but really, it’s quite easier than setting up your own web server.

I guess I’ll start with installation of Thunderbird:

Run the Thunderbird 3 installer


Choose Standard Installation -- DO NOT set Thunderbird to be the default mail application (for importing your Outlook PST files later on)
Installing Thunderbird
Finishing installation

Should be easy enough. Just don’t forget to not set Thunderbird as your default mail application — this is important so the PST files that you have on your MS Outlook can be imported (although excruciatingly manually) onto your Zimbra e-mail account.

Outlined are the details for creating your Zimbra account on Thunderbird. For the steps, just refer to the gallery of screenshots.

Don't import anything, yet.
Input your name, then your email address (include the @aub.com.ph here) and your password.
Thunderbird will try to determine the settings automatically, but... never mind. Click on Stop and proceed to Manual Setup.
See the settings as outlined below. Shouldn't be too difficult to set this one. After this, click on the Outgoing Server (SMTP) to configure the outbound email settings.

Server Name:

Port: 993 (automatically set when Connection security is set to SSL/TLS)


SMTP settings

Server Name:

Port 465 (Connection security: SSL/TLS)

Tick the Use name and password and specify your email account user ID

Again, DO NOT set Thunderbird as your default email client. At least, not just yet.
Just add a security exception rule here. The address is temporary, after all.

After this, the main screen will appear. You may now click on Get Mail button to sync with the server’s email contents.

There you have it. Simple as pie. At least this is a start to move away from the aging Outlook mailserver.

(Next: How to setup your Pidgin Instant Messenger to take advantage of Zimbra’s instant messaging capability, much like IPmsg)