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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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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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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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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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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Where is a good permanent place to install custom bash scripts?

I'm about to install "leiningen" which is a bash script for the clojure programming language with a lot of usefulness... ...but I'm not sure where it is appropriate to -put- a executable script in ...
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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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How do you answer yes for yum install automatically

In centos how do you answer yes automatically for yum install so that it is an unassisted install?
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How to remotely install Linux via SSH?

I need to remotely install Ubuntu Server 10.04 (x86) on a server currently running RHEL 3.4 (x86). I'll have to be very careful because no one can press the restart button for me if anything goes ...
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How do I install a cygwin package from the command line?

I can install a cygwin package when I first install cygwin, but is there something like: cyginstall git kind of like apt-get?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Tools to install after a minimal linux install

When you finished installation of your linux machine, what are the first packages that you install, and what are the tools that you get first ? In my Debian box, I get pv, screen, ccze, ... like this ...
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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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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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Track, save and revert file system modifications made by a program under Linux

I'd like to be able to, when a program such as an installer is ran, track the list of the modifications made to my filesystem so that I can revert them afterwards. EDIT: This concerns a non-packaged ...
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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 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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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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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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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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how to silently install .dmg in MacOS?

I have a .dmg MacOS package (with 'continue' buttons, EULA etc) that i need to install on multiple computers. Is it a way to do so silently via a bash/python/ruby/etc script just like silent MSI ...
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Install Xvfb via yum - yum repository for Xvfb?

I am trying to install Xvfb on a RHEL 6.2 system using yum. However, all of the help that I've found says to type: yum install Xvfb or... yum install xorg-x11-server-Xvfb Which I'm sure ...
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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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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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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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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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Can shims be used to change Windows version number?

I've an installer that complains about wrong Windows version numbers, preventing an upgrade to an application to be installed on Windows Server 2012: Unsupported operating system, major=6, ...
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How can I record Linux commands?

Is there a way to record the Linux commands I use and reuse them on another machine or in case I want to reinstall the machine? In example record how I set up NginX, PHP and permissions in my lab ...
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Installing/enabling PHP Pecl Intl extension on CentOs 5

Original question: I'm having trouble installing the PHP Pecl Intl extension on my CentOs 5 machine. After installing both icu and libicu with the following commands: $ yum install icu $ yum ...
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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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How do I run a .msi installer with elevated priviledges on Windows

Normally you can right-click an executable and select "Run As" and away you go, but it doesn't seem to work for .msi files.
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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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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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Post-install steps for a new Linux instance, and how to automate them

What post-install steps do you find yourself taking every time you install a new Linux server or VM ? I'm interested in things that could apply regardless of what use the server is to be put to, ...