I hope this thread will be helpful to those who follow in my foot steps as well as getting any advice based on what I have done / documented.
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This thread will cover installation of a dedicated Ubuntu web server. CumulusClips is a video sharing script that allows you to start your own YouTube-like video website where users can upload, rate and comment on videos. The server will be installed inside a virtual machine in vSphere running on ESXi servers. Notes will also be supplied for doing the same thing for VirtualBox on a Windows 10 PC. Although there are some VMware-specific and VirtualBox-specific steps, they are very few and the majority of this documentation will work for other Virtual Machines or even directly installed onto a physical machine (e.g. bare-metal install). If you have any advice on doing things better, please let me know by replying on the Ubuntu forums link above.
Tools utilized in this process
- Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS, 64-bit
- Apache 2.4.29
- PHP 7.2.3
- MariaDB 10.5.5 (or MySQL)
- CumulusClips 2.5.3
- Portable PuTTY 0.74
- VMware vSphere 6.0.0
- VirtualBox 6.1.14
The list below are sources of information that was helpful in the creation of this document.
This documentation will need to make use of some very-specific information that will most-likely be different for each person / location. And as such, this information will be noted in this section. They will be highlighted in red throughout the document as a reminder that you should plug-in your own value rather than actually using these "place-holder" values.
Under no circumstance should you use the actual values listed below. They are place-holders for the real thing. This is just a checklist template you need to have answered before you start the install process.
Wherever you see RED in this document, you need to substitute it for you will use in your environment.
- Ubuntu Server name: srv-video
- Internet domain: mydomain.com
- Ubuntu Server IP address: 192.168.107.66
- Ubuntu Admin ID: administrator
- Ubuntu Admin Password: myadminpass
- Email Server (remote): 192.168.107.25
- Database root Password: mydbrootpass
- Database user: u_cumulus
- Database user password: cumulususerpass
- Server RAM: 4 GB (I would set it to 2x the size of the largest file you are going to upload)