Greetings and salutations,
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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Xibo allows multiple displays to show media contained on multiple different screen layouts on a scheduled basis.
This tutorial will cover how to manually setup a Xibo server which will use a separate dedicated database server rather than using the Docker image system.
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 to the Ubuntu forums thread above.
Tools utilized in this process
- Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS (Legacy Installer)
- Apache 2.4.41
- PHP 7.4.3
- MariaDB 10.5.15
- Xibo 3.1.2 (3.1.0 and 3.1.1 have bugs in the installer)
- Portable PuTTY 0.76
- VMware vSphere 6.0.0
- VirtualBox 6.1.34
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-xibo
- Ubuntu Server IP address: 192.168.107.12
- Database Server Name (remote): srv-mariadb
- Database Server IP (remote): 192.168.107.20
- Database Admin ID: root
- Database Admin Password: rootpass
- Database ID: xibouser
- Database Password: xibouserpass
- Xibo Library Location: /srv/xibo-library
- Xibo Secret Key: YourSecretXiboKey
- Email Server Name (remote): srv-mail
- Email Server IP (remote): 192.168.107.25
- Ubuntu Admin ID: administrator
- Ubuntu Admin Password: myadminpass
MySQL/MariaDB server - Setup a separate and dedicated database server. This tutorial assumes the server was configured according to this tutorial: How to install and configure MariaDB
It is also assumed the reader knows how to use the VI editor. If not, you will need to beef up your skill set or use a different editor in place of it.