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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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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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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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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Firefox packaging to include addons for network installation

While looking up information on FireFox here I came across the post: Non-IE browsers wont auto-authenticate. which showed how to handle the issue of integrated login for FireFox which also briefly ...
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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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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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Possible to upgrade PowerShell 2.0 to 3.0 without a reboot?

Is it possible to upgrade powershell without reboot from 2.0 to 3.0 using Windows Server 2008?
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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 ...
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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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Installing php-fpm over php version missmatched

I have PHP installed by yum from the base @updates repository on Centos 6.3: php x86_64 5.3.3-14.el6_3 @updates 3.5 M I would like to install php-fpm version 5.3 because our web software works ...
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linux install without yum or gcc

Hulo All, Linux newb here. I just ssh'ed into my first shiny new CentOS virtual server to install a LAMP stack. No yum, so I had to install yum. Yum needs gettext, so it got gettext. Gettext ...
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mySQL issue at installation

I have great trouble with mySQL installation. The error message in log (/var/log/debug) is: Nov 20 11:17:41 gotfarm1 /etc/init.d/mysql[11880]: 0 processes alive and '/usr/bin/mysqladmin ...
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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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magento on Zend Server (Win7) installation error

I try to install magento for the first time. I've created the database with the name "project" in my C:\Zend\Apache2\conf\httpd.conf I added on the end: <Directory ...
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how to share the same domain machine account with multi-boot workgroup Windows setup?

Having read in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/154501/EN-US/ (How to disable automatic machine account password changes): "You have two separate installations of Windows NT or Windows 2000 on ...
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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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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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“'' 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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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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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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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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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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Windows feature installation fails with “The source files could not be found”

I am trying to install the Media Foundation feature onto a Windows 2012 R2 box in preparation for it to be used as an RDS Session Host. However, all attempts to install fail with: Installation of one ...
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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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Oracle 11g silent install on Linux CentOS 5.2 x86-32 fails on database creation

After reading the Linux installation guide for Oracle 11g, taking particular note of the pre-installation requirements; I have been able to record a response file for a silent installation based off a ...
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Weird “missing” CD/DVD driver during Windows Server 2008 installation

We have an old PowerEdge 860 that we're trying to install Windows Server 2008 R2 onto. At present the machine doesn't have any OS installed, so we're doing a clean install from a DVD. Pretty simple ...
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Is it possible to install Windows Vista or 2008 Server on a USB Hard Drive?

With Windows XP, it was not possible to install it to a USB Hard drive (without diving deep into unsupported terrain). With Windows 7, it looks like VHD Support could solve that. But is there a ...
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How to upgrade Apache 2 from 2.2 to 2.4 for Ubuntu 10.04

I was in the process of doing a test upgrade from Apache 2.2 to 2.4.3. I'm using Ubuntu 10.04. I would have upgraded to 12.04 for this to see if the upgrade would go a lot smoother. Unfortunately, I ...
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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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CentOS 7 Install Error: Call to StartServiceByName Timeout

I'm trying to install CentOS 7 on my HP Proliant DL320e Gen8 v2 server. I'm attempting this through the iLO4 IRC and virtual media. I'm booting 'CentOS-7.0-1406-x86_64-Minimal'. I get to the first ...
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Is it bad practice to store www-related files into /home?

When I setup a new webserver (apache/mysql/nodejs/mongodb), I have the habit of storing every www-related asset (apache www-files, node js-apps, mysql/mongodb db files) into /srv/www that I symlink to ...
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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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Yum doesn't install latest version of Git on Centos6

When I go to Gits download section it mentions that latest version is 1.8 and I can install it by yum install git on Fedora. I'm running CentOS6 so that command should also work for me, but yum tells ...
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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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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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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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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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Getting a list of packages installed on CentOS (by command line and on the web)

When installing CentOS (6.2), it installs a whole bunch of packages, but the installation is often very fast, it's hard to note the names of the packages. I have a couple of questions: 1) I'm ...
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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 ...