Deploying & Running Axigen in VMware & VirtualBox

Installing Axigen

 

The Axigen virtual appliance is available starting with Axigen X2 Update 2 (10.2.2).

Introduction

The Axigen virtual appliance allows customers to run an Axigen based mail service within a VMware or VirtualBox environment.

Image structure

The image relies on a CentOS 8 image on top of which Axigen is installed (from RPM) and basic configuration is performed.

The virtual machine is configured as follows:

  • CPU: 2 cores
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • HDD: 50 GB; for larger deployments, you can add additional disks or mount points.
  • LAN: one network interface  
  • OS: CentOS 8

The disk structure obeys the RPM defined structure:

  • /opt/axigen — binaries and other files

  • /var/opt/axigen — data files

The root user password is set by default to a standard value and will be displayed before each local login. 

Considerations about the Axigen virtual appliance

Network configuration

By default, the image uses DHCP for network configuration. Network settings can be modified by using the CentOS nmtui utility

Time zone

By default, the time zone is set to Europe / London.

To set your preferred time zone, use:

To find your_time_zone, you can issue the following system command: 

For example, to restrict the list to the European time zones, you can use: 

VirtualBox

When deploying in VirtualBox, it's mandatory to set HWCLOCK to UTC. More information here: https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html#settings-motherboard

Operating Axigen in a virtual appliance

Axigen does not have any particularities in operation comparing with a standard Linux install.

Examples:

  • Starting the Axigen service: /etc/init.d/axigen start
  • Stopping the Axigen service: /etc/init.d/axigen stop
  • Restarting the Axigen service: /etc/init.d/axigen restart

Upgrading to newer versions is prone to the typical upgrade procedures.