Ensim Corporation



Setting up a local FTP server to install Ensim® Pro and Ensim Basic 3.7 for Linux® (LS)

January 2, 2004

Introduction

The document provides instructions for setting up a local FTP server to work with the Installer for Ensim® Pro and Ensim Basic 3.7 for Linux® (LS).

Note icon

For simplicity, we refer to Ensim Pro and Ensim Basic 3.7 for Linux (LS) as Ensim Control Panel throughout this document.


Before installing Ensim Control Panel, the Installer downloads the requisite RPMs and files from Ensim’s FTP server. The remote download of files consume a fairly large amount of bandwidth resources and constrain efficiency when you deploy a host of Ensim Control Panel servers in your hosting farm.

To avoid the overheads of a remote installation, you can set up a local FTP server that mirrors Ensim’s FTP server. This will enable the Installer to download the required files from the local FTP server rather than Ensim’s FTP server.

Before you start

Before you start, verify that your local FTP server is a server running a Linux operating system.

Important icon

You cannot use an FTP server running a Microsoft® Windows® operating system because the file naming conventions in Linux and Windows systems differ. Many Ensim Control Panel RPMs use the colon (:) character in their file names which are acceptable in a Linux environment, but unacceptable in a Windows environment.


Setting up a local FTP server

Setting up a local FTP server consists of three steps:

Step 1: Creating a user account on the local FTP server

The first step to setting up a local FTP server requires you to create a user account on your local FTP server. The user account must be set up using the account information provided by Ensim.

Procedure icon

To create a user account on the local FTP server:

  1. Log on to the FTP server as the root user, using Telnet or SSH.
  2. Create a user account with the following account information:
    1. User name: ensimwpl
    2. Password : ensim94089
    3. Important icon

      You must use the specified account information otherwise the setup will fail.


Step 2: Downloading the required files on to the local FTP server

You need to download the Ensim Control Panel installation files from Ensim’s FTP server on to your local FTP server. This process mirrors the Ensim FTP directory structure on your local FTP server.

Important icon

Ensure that you have the “NcFTP” FTP client software installed on your Linux server. The following procedure requires the NcFTP client to start a recursive download of the required files from Ensim’s FTP server to your local FTP server.


Procedure icon

To download the required files to the local FTP server:

  1. Connect to your local FTP server with the account information provided by Ensim (ensimwpl/ensim94089). You will be logged in to your Home directory.
  2. Type the following command at the prompt.
  3. #ncftpget -R -u ensimwpl -p ensim94089 ftp2.ensim.com . apt

    where:

    • -R : Indicates recursive mode; recursively copies whole directory
             trees.
    • -u ensimwpl : The account user name.
    • -p ensim94089 : The account password.
    • ftp2.ensim.com : The host name of Ensim’s FTP server.
    • . : Refers to the local directory on your local FTP server.
    • apt : Refers to the remote directory to be downloaded.
    • Important icon

      The command is case-sensitive. Ensure that you run the command as specified, otherwise the command will fail. Further, ensure that you leave a space before and after “.”.


The following directory structure and files are copied on to your local FTP server.

Note the interpretation of the following variables used in the directory names:

Step 3: Enabling the Installer to download files from the local FTP server

After mirroring Ensim’s FTP server on your local FTP server, you need to enable the Installer to download installation files from your local FTP server.

To enable downloads from your local FTP server, you must specify the name of your FTP server when you access the Installation Wizard in a browser.

Procedure icon

To enable downloads from your local FTP server:

  1. Open a Web browser and in the Address field of the browser, enter the following URL:
  2. https://lwpwizard.ensim.com/webgui/overview.php?ftp_server=<ftpservername>

    where <ftpservername> is the name of your local FTP server

    The Installer is now configured to obtain the Ensim Control Panel installation files from your local FTP server.

    To run the wizard and install Fedora Core 1.0 and Ensim Control Panel, refer to the document Installing Fedora Core 1.0 and Ensim Pro and Ensim Basic 3.7 for Linux (LS).

    To run the wizard and install Ensim Control Panel, refer to the document Installing Ensim Pro and Ensim Basic 3.7 for Linux (LS) on an existing Fedora Core 1.0 server.

    You can find the documents on the Web at http://www.ensim.com/support/index.html.

    Important icon

    The dissociation from Ensim’s FTP server renders your local repository obsolete if updates are not obtained from Ensim’s FTP server. You must ensure that your local FTP server is periodically updated with the latest files.


Feedback and support

To take advantage of Ensim's support services or to find additional product documentation, visit the Ensim support site, http://support.ensim.com.

To log in to Ensim online support, go to https://onlinesupport.ensim.com.

To provide feedback about Ensim products or documentation, please use the feedback form at http://www.ensim.com/about/feedback.asp.

Legal and copyright notice

This document contains information proprietary to Ensim Corporation and its receipt or possession does not convey any rights to reproduce, disclose, manufacture, or sell anything it might describe. Reproduction, disclosure, or use without Ensim’s specific written authorization is strictly forbidden.

Ensim Corporation makes no representations or warranties with respect to the content or use of this document. It also reserves the right to revise this document at any time without the obligation to notify any person of such revision.

Ensim and the Ensim logo are registered trademarks of Ensim Corporation.

All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

© 2004 Ensim Corporation. All rights reserved.


Ensim Corporation
www.ensim.com

Contact Ensim
www.ensim.com/about/contact.html