The process of installing software on a computer/server. Can also refer to the process of installing hardware, e.g. in a datacenter.

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Boot and Install Windows from a USB thumb drive

Installing Windows from a thumb drive is vastly superior to burning a copy to a DVD which will fill some landfill somewhere with toxic stuff. Not to mention it's about 50x faster to install Windows ...
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Scripted install of MySQL on Ubuntu

I need to write a script that will build my server from a fresh Ubuntu server install. Among things like Apache and PHP it needs to install MySQL. The only problem here is that when I install MySQL ...
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How do you install Node.JS on CentOS?

I've found numerous installation instructions for Node.js but they all seem so complicated -- I'm not a super sys admin but I can get around. I have yum on the system, but I didn't find any node.js ...
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How can I speed up MSI package install and uninstall?

When installing and uninstalling Windows Installer packages, or MSI files as they are called, the progress of the installation appears signifiantly slower than with other installation packages. Why ...
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Perform an unattended install of Windows Server 2008?

How can I perform an unattended install of Windows Server 2008? Is there an answer file mechanism? Is it possible to load the answer file automatically from the network or include it in the ISO? I'm ...
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Should I install Linux applications in /var or /opt?

I run a lot of open source applications including java and tomcat. It seems like most instructions have my applications running from the /var directory. But every once in a while, I also see the /opt ...
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How can I configure unattended installation of Ubuntu?

I'd like to configure an installer for Ubuntu which runs in 'unattended' mode and answers all the questions with defaults or pre-configured settings. Ideally it should run and reboot on it's own, ...
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Install recent ImageMagick on CentOS 6.3

I'm having a terrible time trying to get a recent version of ImageMagick installed on a CentOS 6.3 x86_64 server. First, I downloaded the RPM from the ImageMagick site and tried to install it. That ...
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PHP as CGI or Apache Module?

I've always believed that PHP works better installed as an Apache module, but recently, someone on a local forum pointed out that running PHP as CGI is better security-wise. I've done some googling ...
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Install software from packages, or build it from source?

This is a Canonical Question about when to use packaged software and when to build and install it yourself. When should I install software from packages provided by my OS distribution, instead of ...
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CentOS 5.5 remote kickstart installation stalls at “Starting install process.” How to debug?

I'm having a difficult time with a remote CentOS 5.5 kickstart installation on an HP ProLiant DL360 G6. This is in an environment where I maintain an internal CentOS yum repository. The kickstart ...
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my.cnf missing on all directories after new mysql installtion

Title says it all. I previously had mysql version 5.1 on my CENTOS 6 x86_64 OS. I attempted to remove mysql 5.1 and replace it with an install of mysql 5.6. Here is my uninstall process for mysql 5....
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Drivers initialization after reboot

For some reason. any driver i'm installing customary, like Virtual Sound Card drivers, do not initialize after reboot. I tried virtual sound card drivers, they initialize fine when installing, but ...
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Install the latest boost centos 5.5

How can I install the latest boost in centos 5.5? Like what commands.
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What's the difference between apt-get and aptitude?

I don't get why there are two different programs in a minimal install to install software. Don't they do the same thing? Is there a big difference? I have read everywhere to use aptitude over apt-get ...
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Automate the installation of postfix on Ubuntu

My system configuration script does an "apt-get install -y postfix". Unfortunately the script is halted when the postfix installer displays a configuration screen. Is there a method to force postfix ...
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“'' is not a valid login or you do not have permission” on sql server installation

I have tried installing SQL Server 2008 multiple times on my machine, and I always receive this error about 3/4 of the way through: '' is not a valid login or you do not have permission. I use SYSTEM ...
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Scripted install vs cloning

What are the downside of cloning vs scripted installation (using Kick-start / Puppet)? I read a lot of pro-scripted install opinion, where cloning is considered as unreliable method due to ever ...
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Error when installing rabbitMQ server on Ubuntu 10.10

When I install rabbitMQ in synaptic via the following command sudo apt-get install rabbitmq-server it returns an error: Starting rabbitmq-server: FAILED - check /var/log/rabbitmq/startup_log, _err ...
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Silent Install of MSI

What is the command line to silently install an MSI file?
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How can I remove/uninstall an orphaned service?

There are times when Windows Services are installed and for various reasons, that hopefully are not important to the answer, the service no longer has the installer attached to it. Therefore, this ...
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Red Hat server minimal install

In a farm of virtualized Red Hat servers, there's the need to install a minimal system for security reasons. Minimal installs have several advantages (even no security related): Less exposure to ...
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Install .iso file on a remote server without DVD drive access

Is there an easy way to install software located on a .iso file to a remote server which does not provide to me access to the DVD Drive? I have a license for SQL Server 2008 Web Edition through ...
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Software approval processes in large organizations

Many larger organizations have IT departments that lock down desktops to a standard configuration, or SOE. End users generally don't have rights to install their own software, and even if they did, ...
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Program to snapshot changes made during an install?

Question Is there a decently-priced (free preferred) tool that will allow me to see all changes made to a system (disk, registry, etc.) during the process of an install? Background I would like to ...
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Solving multilib version problems

I use Centos 6.4 When I tried to install libgcc with yum install libgcc.i686 I took following massages. Error: Multilib version problems found. This often means that the root cause is ...
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How do you install ClearCase 7.1 on a Unix-based server with no GUI and no internet?

The challenges set by the ClearCase 7.1 installation process are multiple: The installation for Unix has been changed (no more './install_server' script): a unified GUI-based Java tool is used, both ...
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Unattended installations of Mac OS X

Is there a way to setup a networked automated OS deployment for Mac OS X? Admins wanting to deploy RedHat can deploy over the network using Kickstart (with the install media on a shared network ...
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How can I re-install live production server with minimal downtime?

I need to reinstall Ubuntu Server running on VMWare VPS. The simplest way would certainly be to make a fresh install from mini ISO. But it's a production server and I can't afford an hour or more of ...
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How to force CentOS yum to use a later version of a package dependency already installed (php-common as a dependency of php-xml)

It would appear that the version I have of php-common-5.2.10-1.el5.centos is newer than the one being asked for as a dependency of php-xml when I try to install php-xml using yum install php-xml. The ...
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Install SMTP Service on Windows 2003 SP2 without Installation CD?

I need to modify my development environment, a virtual image using Windows 2003 SP2, to install the SMTP service under IIS (6.0). The virtual image is a corporate build, and I do not have access to ...
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VMware ESXi CentOS 6.4 kickstart installation

I was trying to do a kickstart installation for CentOS 6.4 but it always show me a warning of re-initializing the HDD as it say may contain invalid partition table or a virtual disk. I have added ...
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Ubuntu dpkg, non interactive installation

I am trying to install a bunch of .deb files without having to interact with them. MySQL Server for example will prompt for an interactive menu to enter an administrative password upon the dpkg's ...
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RHEL 5.5 server has most devices listed as “Unknown Device”

When I run lspci on my RHEL 5.5 Server (HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8), most items look like this: 00:03.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Unknown device 3c0b (rev 07) 00:04.0 System peripheral: Intel ...
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Hard drive is not detected at early stage of unattended installation

I'm doing an unattended installation of Ubuntu-14.04-server with a USB drive and a preseed file on different type of servers (HP Proliant ML110, ML310, ML350). This preseed file contains multiple ...
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Automated installation of FreeBSD

I would like to automate the installation of FreeBSD 8.2 for a project I'm working on. I know the answer to every question in the standard installation, so even a script that just pushes keystrokes ...
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How can I eliminate the huge, cached MSI files in C:\Windows\Installer?

The size of the MSI cache folder (C:\Windows\Installer) has grown substantially, and is now taking up way too much disk space on my domain computers. Can this folder be eliminated or shrunk?
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Easy way to install XP on several laptops?

Having been a Mac admin for the last couple of years, I haven't touched Windows much lately. I've recently been given a few (~9) previously-loved laptops, some of which work, most of which have ...
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What could be causing MsiInstaller to continuously reconfigure applications(EventID 1035)?

I have a brand-new machine that we just installed Windows Server 2008 Enterprise on about two months ago. In the event log, I am seeing thousands of EventID 1035 logged. This is MsiInstaller ...
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Force-Removing Windows Services

I am getting the following message while trying to remove a windows service with SC command? C:\Users\chacha>sc delete service_name [SC] OpenService FAILED 5: Access is denied. I tried to ...
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DHCP fails in Ubuntu network install: DHCPDECLINE

I'm trying to do a network install of Ubuntu 12.04 on Cisco UCS C240 rack-mounted servers, using Cobbler for the provisioning. Cobbler is managing my DHCP server (ISC), which is configured to hand out ...
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Trouble Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Dell PowerEdge R220

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit for the first time in a Dell PowerEdge R220, using UEFI. At first the installation wouldn't see any disks. Then, I found this: Trouble Installing ...
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Consistent Install Disk Selection in RHEL Kickstart

In my kickstart installation I specify that the operating system should be installed on /dev/sda. We have some Dell machines in our environment with iDRAC. When virtual media is attached in iDRAC, it ...
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how enable SNMP on all Computer remotely?

I need to find the easiest way to install snmp on all computers? we have Windows Server 2003 with 160 Client.
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Reinstall MySql AND keep existing database tables and data

Please help! There are server issues and MySql is no longer running on our server (Ubuntu). The service is not recognized and needs to be reinstalled. Unfortunately, the database has not been backed ...
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“Inserted disabled” while upgrading Sun Sparc t5120 memory

I'm trying to upgrade a Sun t5120 server from 4GB to 8GB of RAM memory: I followed all the steps described on the section "Upgrade Memory Configuration With Additional FB-DIMMs" "Sun SPARC Enterprise ...
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Are the Hadoop {start|stop}-all.sh scripts typically used w/ cloudera 3 clusters, and if so, how?

I've got a cluster I'm setting up Cloudera 3 on, and it is unclear on whether I should be using these start/stop scripts like I used to with the standard Apache Hadoop setup (where I had a specific ...
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Unable reset settings in .bashrc without stopping updates

I am updating my ports in MacPorts which may take a day. I have changed my dot -files. I would like to test them without shutting the updates down. I have ^Z the installation and restarted my shell. ...
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Installing Debian with a writable flash drive [closed]

I can easily make a bootable flash drive for installing Debian by doing this: dd if=debian-7.8.0-amd64-CD-1.iso of=/dev/sdg bs=4M; sync but then it makes the flash drive read-only. I'd like to ...
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Can someone help me install MYSQL server pelase? This is bugging me

$ sudo aptitude install mysql-server Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Reading extended state information Initializing package states... Done The ...