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Force Unlock Zimbra Shutdown Domain

After doing a host name change on a Zimbra appliance the domain was locked. Error messages included:


This account is currently in maintenance mode

Admin FE

The domain is temporarily locked by the server. You will not be able to make any changes to the domain until the internal lock is removed.


ERROR: service.PERM_DENIED (permission denied: can not access domain, domain is in shutdown status)

Unfotunately, it’s not possible to change the status in the Admin FE. You’re going to have to either use ldapmodify, or if you’re ldap-squeamish like me phpldapadmin.

I went through maybe two dozen bellyaching forum threads complaining about this problem and how no one has come up with a solution until I found this article at

You may have to run this multiple times for every 1000 users because of a java/zimbra bug. After it you are left with both domains in shutdown mode and having a rename status. These are store in openldap. Below is method to fix it. This is for zimbra 6.0+ – I did it on 7.1.3. BE REALLY CAREFUL AND BACKUP AS YOU CAN MESS STUFF UP Easily.

First, backup your entire /opt/zimbra is recommended and at least your ldap

openldap backup

su – zimbra
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmslapcat /tmp/backup

download phpldapadmin (you can do this using ldapmodify as well or any other ldap tool)

phpldapadmin config.php

$config->custom->appearance['friendly_attrs'] = array(
‘facsimileTelephoneNumber’ => ‘Fax’,
‘gid’ => ‘Group’,
‘mail’ => ‘Email’,
‘telephoneNumber’ => ‘Telephone’,
‘uid’ => ‘User Name’,
‘userPassword’ => ‘Password’

$servers = new Datastore();
$servers->setValue(‘server’,'name’,'My LDAP Server’);
$servers->setValue(‘server’,'host’,'YOUR HOST IP’);

Using PHPLDAPADMIN do the following
Search Base DN

DC=yourdomainname, DC=com

Click on domain, make changes searching for
zimbraDomainRenameInfo – set to “active” no quotes
zimbraDomainStatus – delete all text from box

zimbraMailStatus – enabled
zmprov md YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME zimbraMailStatus enabled

update verify it updated as it sometimes will prompt you “Click Update Object” button at bottom of object

as zimbra user
zmmailboxdctl restart

zmprov md YOUR_NEWLY_RENAMED_DOMAIN_NAME zimbraMailStatus enabled

If you want to remove old domain
zmprov dd THE_OLD_DOMAIN

You can obtain your LDAP password by running:

$ zmlocalconfig -s | grep zimbra_ldap_password

I found the config.php part uneccecary since the default installation of phpldapadmin supplies a form for directly logging in.

FurFinding: Restoring a Piece of Furry History: The Furnpike

As mentioned in my last FurFinding article, I’ve been cleaning up the furry sites database at Yiffy International in preparation for the re-launch of FurFinder. Along the way I found The Furnpike, what was once the largest furry site directory on the web. The Furnpike started around 2000 and helped inspire the idea of the site review section on YI many years ago. Unfortunately, by now it had been defunct for some time.

Having already created the code for a category-based site directory in 2008 – not unlike what The Furnpike was offering at the time – I realized this might be an opportunity to both revitalize an old furry landmark and put work to use that would never otherwise have seen the day. I sent my proposal to The Furnpike’s founder who very graciously accepted and transferred the domain to us. Even before the domain had finished transferring I had completed porting the site directory code to run on its own and was already working on cosmetics.

When the site directory code was initially made I had categorized over a thousand sites, but since the collapse of Furnation and Furtopia hosting services only around 500 site-to-category associations remained. A few hours over the next two nights were spent categorizing the over 600 sites that had never been added to the directory using an interface that would be flattered if called half-arsed:

The end result is a brand new Furnpike with three times as many sites in its directory than during its peak. Admittedly, I sort of rushed through the categorization of the new sites and some of the categories will have to be re-thought. In time, and hopefully with some volunteer help, we’ll be able to improve the category associations.

As an added bonus, links on The Furnpike are now routed through FurStumbler, a long-running YI feature which allows a user to input details about the kind of sites they are looking for then navigate backward, forward or randomly.

GoDaddy’s Latest Scumbag Move Backfires, Damage Control Failing

GoDaddy is no stranger to the ire of Internet liberty advocates but the last few days have seen what could be the registrar giant’s biggest PR blunder yet. Although GoDaddy has been involved with new American anti-piracy legislation Stop Online Piracy Act (or SOPA) since nearly its inception the media started buzzing when the U.S. House Judiciary Committee published a list of corporations supporting their legislation on the 23rd. This led to a number of Internet personalities calling for a boycott of the registrar’s services and numerous individuals began posting step-by-step tutorials detailing how to transfer domain names from GoDaddy to their competitors.

As of yesterday the number that is being thrown around the most is 37,000 transfers out; however this figure is based on the number of domains transferred away from GoDaddy using their DNS service ( and not the actual number of domains transferred out of the registrar. As this article outlines, the number of transfers in are also not taken into account. As commenter Jamie Zoch of DotWeekly points out:

One interesting stat that I found (based on data from is the total loss over the past 30 days…. in the tune of 1 Million domains. This data is from 11/14/2011 to 12/19/2011. 37,841,094 down to 36,884,911.

So the transfer out because of the SOPA deal really doesn’t mean a ton as much as the total loss over the past 30 days IMO. If my memory servers me correctly, I have not seen a loss like this for GoDaddy.

Despite this, reports their market share has been increasing over the same period:

Weeks Total Domains Global Market Share
12/19/11 36,884,911 32.430%
12/12/11 37,097,675 32.430%
12/05/11 37,297,640 32.428%
11/28/11 37,504,999 32.433%
11/21/11 37,667,786 32.427%
11/14/11 37,841,094 32.408%

I am prone to believe that this is due to deficiencies in their reporting mechanism rather than a decline in the actual total number of domain names. Nonetheless I don’t think anyone has accurate statistics but GoDaddy themselves and they have deemed the loss great enough to reverse their position on SOPA. Despite this, they have reminded consumers of their true colours and by all accounts the campaign to switch moves on. There are now reports of GoDaddy staff personally calling customers whom have transferred multiple domains to ask them to change their minds.

I would find all this personally very amusing if I wasn’t locked into agreements with their reseller service, Wild West Domains. Since the resale business is a relatively small club there isn’t a lot of information on GoDaddy’s ethics in dealing with reseller domains but it is conventional wisdom that if they are willing to seize one of their own they are willing to seize one of yours. If SOPA ever becomes a reality it will be easy to diversify your domain portfolio into registrars not under American jurisdiction but resellers may find themselves without recourse.

Exactly how far this will go and what effect – if any – it may have on SOPA remains to be seen. GoDaddy isn’t the kind of giant a boycott can topple; conversely they don’t have significant lobbying clout no matter what position they are forced to take. If I were an anti-SOPA activist I would be trying to look for a more meaningful way to attack the legislation – though I don’t mind seeing GoDaddy take one in the kisser. It’s a long long list of supporters and so far there’s only one down.

On a lighter note, all the hullabaloo has sparked a new meme: Scumbag GoDaddy

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