Installing an Apache Web Server using Sun xVM Ops Center

You can use the Update module in Sun xVM Ops Center to install and configure an Apache Web Server to host a web site and maintain the server. Apache does not have a graphical installation routine and is normally installed through a command-line interface. By defining the steps, you can automate the process using Sun xVM Ops Center.

The three main areas in Sun xVM Ops Center that will help you to accomplish the task are:

    1. Action->Manage Local Content: This is where you upload your scripts and configuration file.
    2. Action->Upload Local Components from Directory: This is where you upload the package stream directories.
    3. Action->Manage Profiles and Policies: Here you arrange your tasks with the uploaded components to install and configure the apache web server.

Your profile will consist of the following components:

    1. Probes: Boolean scripts to test whether to run the job or not.
    2. Pre-actions: Any pre-requisites before installing Apache Web Server.
    3. Packages: Apache Web Server packages.
    4. Patches: Any patches that are available for Apache.
    5. Files: Configuration files and html files for the web content.
    6. Post-Actions: Scripts to deploy the new configuration file and restart the apache.

Deploy this profile which will execute the probes, pre-actions and the other components in the order as listed above.

You can save this profile and can use it to deploy Apache on any number of systems. If required, you can also edit the loaded components such as executables and binaries.

This is one such instance of installing and configuring an application. You can use Sun xVM Ops Center to automate the process for installing different applications as well.

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