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CommunityServer.org installation at ORCSWeb.com

Written By: Steve Schofield

CommunityServer.org installation at ORCSWeb.com
Steve Schofield
March, 7 2005

Introduction

This article describes how you can easily set up a community-related site using CommunityServer.org at orcsweb.com. This article covers the necessary steps to using Community Server’s web-based installer. There are just a few steps to get up and going. Community Server is a rich knowledge management and collaboration platform designed to meet the demands of the most rigorous collaborative needs. Community Server is perfect for setting up a support system for products, reporting, and general information management by organizations or individuals.

I have installed a lot of products and very few were as easy to get up and going as Community Server 1.0. There are just a few steps to get your own instance of Community Server powering your site at http://www.ORCSWeb.com . In just a few minutes you will be able to have your very own Community Site.

Installation Instructions

Step 1 – Download files, FTP files to server

1. 1. Register and Download Community Server from www.communityserver.org.
2. 2. You should know the following database information before getting started. You will get this from ORCS Web when you sign up. Any questions please contact webteam@orcsweb.com about your SQL server credentials. You will enter your database information while using the web-installer.
1. Name of the database.
2. Name of the database server.
3. Username for the database.
4. Password for the database
3. You need to copy the necessary files and folders to your remote server. You will need to FTP all the files and folders from the WEB directory. By default, the Community Server download should have all the necessary files located in a folder called Web.

Step 2 – Enable the Web-Installer

1. Follow the step by step instructions located under “Enable Installer” here: http://docs.communityserver.org/default.aspx/CS.WebBasedInstaller. This will be ONLY done for the initial install.

Step 3 – Run the Installer

1. After enabling installer in Step 2, go to your website either by IP Address (http://x.x.x.x/installer/) or your domain name (http://YourDomain.com/installer/).
2. 2. Follow instructions located under the Detailed Steps at this link http://docs.communityserver.org/default.aspx/CS.WebBasedInstaller You’ll use the database login information gathered at the beginning.

Step 4 – Run and Enjoy

1. In your web browser, go to the root of your website and enjoy. You will be required to log in for administrative features. Use the username and password you set up while installing Community Server.

Note: To run in a sub-folder

* When completed with your install, send an email to webteam@orcsweb.com and we’ll grant write permissions on ‘blogs’ and ‘photos’ directories.
* Community Server can also be installed in a sub-folder of your site (http://YourDomain.com/subFolder) . Just send an email to webteam@orcsweb.com to mark the folder as an application.

Steve Schofield is a Senior Internet support specialist with ORCS Web, Inc. – a company that provides managed hosting services for clients who develop and deploy their applications on Microsoft Windows platforms.

About the Author

Steve Schofield is a Senior Internet support specialist with ORCS Web, Inc. – a company that provides managed hosting services for clients who develop and deploy their applications on Microsoft Windows platforms.

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