Virtual Appliance Installation and Configuration

Download and import the Virtual Appliance

A .zip Archive containing the virtual appliance’s disk image and VM configuration can be obtained from the following URL:

http://s3download.teamdrive.net/HostServer/TD-Host-Server-CentOS6-64bit-3.0.013.7.zip

Download and unzip the archive. The archive contains four files, a virtual disk image (.vmdk), two virtual machine description files (.ovf) and a manifest file (.mf), containing the file names and SHA1 checksums.

Import the virtual machine image according to the documentation of your virtualization technology and adjust the VM parameters (e.g. number of virtual CPUs, RAM) based on your requirements, if necessary.

Start up the virtual machine and observe the virtual machine’s console output.

First Boot and Initial Configuration

When you boot up the VM image for the first time, the Operating System will perform a number of initial configuration steps, to customize the virtual machine for your environment. For more details on these individual steps, please refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Installation Guide at https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/6/html/Installation_Guide/index.html

The first screen will prompt you to select your keyboard layout. Use the cursor keys to select the appropriate layout and press Tab to select the OK button. Press Space or Enter to proceed.

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After loading the appropriate keymap, you will now be prompted to enter the password for the root user account. Choose a strong password here — the root user has full administrative privileges on a Linux system. The password won’t be printed on the screen for security reasons, therefore you need to enter it twice to avoid typos.

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Next, you are required to configure the network device and DNS.

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Press Enter to enter the device configuration screen. Select the network device which is usually named eth0. The hardware description (e.g. AMD PCnet32 or Ethernet) depends on the virtual network card that your virtual machine has been configured with. Press Enter to get to the device configuration details.

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The network configuration screen allows you to specify the IP address and other network-related settings. Adjust these to your local environment, keeping the requirements outlined in chapter Network Requirements in mind. the Tab key to move between elements. Select the Ok button and press Space or Enter to apply your changes. In the device selection screen, select the Save button to save the device configuration.

Note

Note that you should not use dynamic IP addresses (DHCP) for the TeamDrive Host Server. The TeamDrive Service depends on static IP addresses and requires a resolvable fully qualified domain name.

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Next, select the DNS configuration screen from the network configuration and adjust the DNS settings to match your environment. Enter your Host Server’s host name (e.g. hostserver.yourdomain.com) in the Hostname field and add your DNS server’s IP address(es). Select the Ok button to apply the DNS changes.

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Select the Save&Quit button to proceed with the installation.

Note

A cloned CentOS image in a VMWare environment might exhibit problems updating the network interface. If you are observing issues when configuring the network interface, please follow these instructions: http://alexcline.net/2011/11/15/reconfiguring-network-interfaces-in-centosrhel-systems-cloned-with-vcenter/

The next screen allows you to modify the local user authentication configuration. Unless you have specific requirements for your local environment, it’s safe to keep the proposed defaults and proceed with the installation by selecting the Next button.

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The following screen will ask you to select which services should be started at system bootup time. Adjust these based on your requirements and local policies. Also make sure that the MySQL database (service mysqld) is enabled. Select the Ok button to proceed.

Note

Do not enable the Apache http Server (httpd) yet — this should only be done after the Host Server has been configured correctly.

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The system will now proceed with the bootup process until you reach the login prompt.

Log in as the root user, providing the login password you defined during the initial installation.

Changing default passwords

The TeamDrive Host Server Virtual Appliance uses the following default passwords for user accounts of the different software components. The following list shows the accounts in question and their passwords.

Note

We strongly suggest changing the passwords of the OS and MySQL root user accounts before connecting this system to a public network.

Default accounts and passwords
Account type Username Password (default) New Password
MySQL Database Server root teamdrive  
MySQL Database Server teamdrive teamdrive  
Admin Console HostAdmin (defined during setup)  

Changing the MySQL Database Passwords

To change the passwords for the MySQL root and teamdrive user, please use the following commands. First change the password for the root user:

[root@hostserver ~] mysqladmin -u root -pteamdrive password
New password: <new password>
Confirm new password: <new password>

Next, log into the MySQL database as the root user (using the new password) and change the password for the user teamdrive:

[root@hostserver ~]# mysql -u root -p
Enter password: <new password>

[...]

mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR 'teamdrive'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('<new password>');
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> quit
Bye

Note

Take note of the new MySQL password for the teamdrive user, as you will need to update that password in a configuration file as outlined the following chapter.

Updating the MySQL Database Connection Information

The default Host Server Appliance installation assumes a MySQL database instance running on localhost that can be accessed using the user teamdrive and password teamdrive. If you changed the password of the teamdrive the following change need to be performed.

The Host Server Apache modules mod_pspace and mod_yvva as well as the yvvad daemon that performs the td-hostserver background tasks need to be able to communicate with the MySQL management database of the Host Server. To change the MySQL login credentials, edit the file /etc/td-hostserver.my.cnf. The password for the teamdrive MySQL user in the [p1db] option group must match the one you defined earlier:

[p1db]
database=pspace
user=teamdrive
password=<password>
host=127.0.0.1

Firewall Configuration

The iptables-based OS firewall on the TeamDrive Host Server Virtual Appliance has been configured to only allow access to the following services:

  • SSH (TCP Port 22)
  • Secure WWW (HTTPS, TCP Port 443)
  • WWW (HTTP, TCP Port 80)

If necessary, you can change the firewall configuration using the following utility:

[root@hostserver install]# system-config-firewall-tui

Follow the instructions to configure the firewall and to enable additional protections based on your local requirements or security policies. More complex firewall settings need to be performed by editing the firewall rules in file /etc/sysconfig/iptables directly.

SELinux Configuration

Please note that the TeamDrive Host Server currently can not be run when SELinux is enabled. Therefore SELinux has been disabled by setting SELINUX=disabled in file /etc/selinux/config. It is important to leave it disabled, otherwise the correct functionality of the Host Server can not be ensured.