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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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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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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Learning to compile things from source (on Unix/Linux/OSX)

While I install software from packages (MacPorts / apt-get) where-ever possible, I often find myself needing to compile packages from source. ./configure && make && sudo make install ...
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ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-i386 but it is not installable

I am trying to install ia32-libs (a dependency to build the VirtualBox sources) on my Debian x86_64 box, however it's giving me the error: The following packages have unmet dependencies: ia32-libs : ...
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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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Why is it important to ensure equipment is well-grounded?

I am installing a new ethernet switch, and the instructions say to connect the ground screw to the rack or some other kind of electrical ground. What are the risks of not ensuring that equipment is ...
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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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How to make/compare filesystem/registry snapshots in Windows?

What's a simple way to get a list of all files installed/modified and keys added/removed by a Windows (XP, Vista or 7) program installer? I'd like to take a before and after snapshot, and see what ...
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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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Bare minimum Fedora installation?

I am looking for the bare minimum packages that I need to install for a fedora Linux machine. I do not need the X Window System or anything else. The machine will be used as a server and managed ...
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Howto install recent mono on a Linux distro other than Suse (e.g. Debian/Ubuntu)?

How does one go about installing a recent version of mono on a linux distro other than Novell's Suse? http://www.mono-project.com/Main_Page promises a "Linux" download, but they 'only' offer ...
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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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Why is Debian 6.0.1 asking for Install CD when installing stuff?

I've recently installed a Debian 6.0.1 and when i issue the simple apt-get, when finishing (99% says) ask for the install CD. Cambio de medio: Por favor, inserte el disco etiquetado como ...
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automated installs vs. drive imaging

What are the pros and cons of deploying via automated installs vs. drive imaging? For Windows I know there are issues around SID generation when cloning drives. Are there any similar issues for ...
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Creating a script to install a Perl application and its dependencies automatically

I have a Perl application that needs a lot of dependencies that i need to deploy on numerous servers I would like to make a script that installs that Perl application automatically and quickly. To ...
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OpenIndiana installation hangs at 2% - Preparing disk for OpenIndiana installation

I've been trying to install OpenIndiana on an HP DL320 G6 for a while now. I've got a 16GB HP SDHC card in the onboard slot and a SATA CD-Rom with oi-dev-151a-text-x86.iso burnt to a disc. ...
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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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Does InstallShield keep a log during installation?

Just want to know if InstallShield keeps a log during installation of an application. I already checked C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information{GUID}, but there isn't a log file ...
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any way to use puppet or chef without launching daemons?

Is there any way to use puppet or chef recipes without launching daemons and such? I'd like to be able to interpret files and apply them without all of the heavy lifting. If not, is there an ...
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Starting managed Windows deployment

I want to start providing managed Windows XP images to my users, however I've only done this with Linux servers, and I'm unsure of where to begin. Ideally, I want to start buying machines in groups, ...
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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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Can't connect to SQL Server 2008R2 on Windows Server 2008R2

I reinstall a server Windows Server 2008 R2, I installed SQL Server 2008 R2 no problem during installation. When I try to connect with "Microsoft SQL Management Studio" via sa account or Windows ...
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GPO Installs - Differentiating between 64 and 32 bit systems

What is the easiest way to use group policies to install the 64 bit version of a package on 64bit systems and the 32bit package on 32 bit systems. I have done some searching and I am not seeing ...
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CentOS 6 Minimal or Hardened Install

I am working on building some new CentOs 6 servers and creating documentation for the installation of said servers. I would like to create a base CentOS 6 server install that would be light on the ...
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Deploy software with no .msi in AD

I have a small AD in which I am deploying software to domain computers through GPO (using msi installers). What is the best method to deploy software that has no .msi installer, but has switches ...
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dpkg can install from a file, apt-get can resolve dependencies, can anything do both?

I'm looking for a command line tool that can install a package from a file and automatically resolve dependencies via download. Does such a thing exist?
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Fail to install Fedora 18 from flash drive (Warning: /dev/root does not exist) [closed]

I'm trying to install Fedora 18 on an HP DL 180 G6 with no luck so far. Please don't suggest installing/using Centos as we have a requirement to use Fedora 18. I have tried using two different USB ...
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Is MySQL required on both the database server and the webserver? why?

Is MySQL required on both the MySQL database server and the web server that it is connecting to? If it is required on both the web server and database server, please explain why this is. Moreover, if ...
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Installing ESXi on Dell Poweredge Server

We had two Dell Poweredge servers donated to us yesterday which I want to install ESXi on. I'm used to HP servers, but I understand that it is possible to buy Dell servers with ESXi pre-installed. ...
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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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Installing Oracle 11g for 64bit on Ubuntu 10.04 server 64bit?

I want to install Oracle 11g for 64bit on a Ubuntu 10.04 64bit server.Does anybody knows how to install the Oracle 11g on Ubuntu from the scratch(pre-installation to post-installation)?
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How to do an automated installation of Ubuntu on 100 Remote machines?

Help!  I desperately need some advice / help... I want an automated install (via CD or USB) of Ubuntu 10.04 ...on 100 remote machines located all over the country, using a Kickstart configuration ...
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Any side-effects to ignoring the Windows Genuine Advantage Install popup

For someone looking after a small 50 Windows PC network (Mainly XP - some Vista), (all genuine copies), what would be the effect of ignoring the constant "Windows Genuine Advantage Install" pop-up ...
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how to enable redmine (ruby on rails) logging?

For some reason my RedMine install never gets any log files. Redmine is an open source project management system written with Ruby on Rails. I'm a total newbie to Ruby or Rails. Have searched the ...
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Postgresql installation issues on OS X

I used Fink to install postgresql on os x. when i try to start psql, i get: psql: could not connect to server: No such file or directory Is the server running locally and accepting ...
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Re/Installing an MSI, getting 'not a valid short file name' error

We are running windows 2008. We have a windows service called ImportService, that is installed via an MSI package. A previous version was installed about 3 months ago without problems. When have ...
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How do you make a WinXP bootable USB drive?

How do you make a WinXP bootable USB drive? I've seen a bunch of instruction here on ServerFault but they are specific to Vista or Linux, so again - I'm using WinXP. I've also tried unetbootin, but ...
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Post-Installation Checklist for Windows Server 2008

I'm curious to know what folks standard post-installation checklist looks like for Windows Server 2008. I'm creating a virtual instance of 2k8 to use a base for other VMs in our test environment, so I ...
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Apache Solr Admin on Tomcat Deployed in WebApps Directory

I am trying to get Apache Solr to work on Redhat6 and Tomcat6 (using these instructions), but get this error when browsing to the admin section, http://localhost:8080/solr-example/admin: HTTP ...
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How to minimize Windows Server 2008 R2 size?

Is there a guide somewhere on how to minimize the Windows Server 2008 R2 installation folder? I am talking specifically about all the features and roles that come with the Windows Server 2008 R2 ...
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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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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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Installing git with no idea about machine configuration

I have a user account on a Linux server (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, according to this). It apparently has no package managers in the $PATH (yum, apt-get, pkg, pkg-add, emerge, pacman), and it does not ...
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Is there a .NET 4.0 offline install?

I'm trying to install .NET 4.0 on some VMs using dotNetFx40_Full_setup.exe and am getting error 0x800C0005. The issue likely involves the firewall/proxy/security configuration. Rather than dealing ...
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VMWare ESXi: how to add network drivers to installation?

Background / Problem I have two new servers (Dell R720 & Dell R520) that I plan to install ESXi onto. During the VMWare Hypervisor installation, I'm told that no network adapters exist. Upon ...
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What does “virtual consoles” in the ubuntu installer stand for?

I am installing ubuntu server in a vmware vm. In the expert installer there is this question (i guess this is the same in the debian installer): Please enter a space delimited list of virtual ...
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easy_install'ing under different Python version

I'm trying to easy_install a Python 2.5 package, but I've also got Python 3.1 installed, so I get a syntax error: except pkg_resources.VersionConflict, e: ...
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After adding a Windows component do I need to reinstall its latest service pack?

I have a Windows Server 2003 SP1 machine that was service packed to SP2. If I now add additional components such as IIS to this machine, do I need to reinstall SP2? If Windows handles this for me, ...
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Installing IIS on windows 2003 without the windows CD

Ihave a server that I need to install IIS on - however I don't have the windows 2003 CD available. It prompts me to insert the CD labeled "Service Pack 2 CD-ROM" - I've downloaded the service pack ...