17 December 2008 by Lars
Using Zimbra Desktop as a custom remote email app
Zimbra Desktop runs just fine on the desktop. But if you want to use it as your own private remote email-access method (for instance, because your employer-provided webmail sucks)? Easy enough, although not the most elegant:
- enable SSH access to the desktop you are accessing
- create a tunnel from your local system (your laptop on the road? your mother-in-law’s desktop?) using Putty or SSH as ‘ssh -L 7633:localhost:7633 my-zimbra-system’
- open a web browser (or a Prism webapp) to “http://localhost:7633”
There must be a way to reconfigure the different components that make up Zimbra Desktop (jetty, derby, etc.) to accept connections from non-localhost machines, but in my testing, I must have missed a parameter. So this works (and is actually much more secure, since Zimbra desktop by default does not ask for a password – I presume that’s another parameter to search for).