BitNami Roller for VMware
What is the BitNami Application Library for VMware
The BitNami Application Library for VMware is a collection of popular open source applications that are prepackaged as application blueprints and ready to use with VMware vFabric™ Application Director. The library includes wikis, content and document management systems, portals, development tools, customer relationship management (CRM) systems and many other types of applications. You can learn more about them at http://bitnami.com/vmware
BitNami’s library for VMware consists of BitNami’s application components within reusable blueprints using industry’s leading Cloud-enabled application provisioning solution, VMware vFabric™ Application Director. The product takes a model-driven open approach to drastically simplify and automate application deployment topologies of portable multi-tier applications in private, public and hybrid clouds. These application topologies are called application blueprints. With the joint integration of BitNami application packages with VMware vFabric™ Application Director, users can rapidly deploy and customize applications across clouds per their enterprise IT policies.
The BitNami Application Library hooks up to existing services like Apache and MySQL, making it easy to deploy and manage your favorite applications.
The BitNami Application Library currently supports the following OS platforms:
CentOS 5.6: Both local and remote MySQL deployments
Support for RHEL and Ubuntu is planned.
Introduction to Roller
Roller is an open source blog server best known for powering heavily used corporate blog sites, such as Sun Microsystem’s employee blogging site, IBM DeveloperWorks blogs, IBM Blog Central and Javalobby’s JRoller Java community site. Roller supports all of the features needed to set up a blog server for one or a community of authors, including group blogging, RSS and Atom newsfeeds, rich-text editing, customizable page templates, comments, trackbacks, referrers, blogroll management (with OPML) and an available XML-RPC interface.
You can learn more about Roller at (http://www.rollerweblogger.org)
The following sections will explain how to launch and manage Roller with VMware vFabric™ Application Director.
Identifying BitNami Services
Go to "Administration" in the Catalog section. Then in "Tags" create a new tag for BitNami. This will make easier to identify the BitNami services later when creating new Blueprints.
Description: Deployment of web applications
Creating a BitNami Roller Service
Use an Application Director wizard to create a new service.
Install script: http://bitnami.com/vmware/roller/roller_install.sh
Configure script: http://bitnami.com/vmware/roller/roller_configure.sh
Building Blueprints using the BitNami Roller Service
Once you have created the BitNami Roller service in your catalog, you can use it as a building block when you create your own Blueprints. To use BitNami Roller in your own BluePrints, complete the following steps:
Add an OS Template supported by the service.
Add the MySQL 5.0.0 Database server service.
Add the BitNami Roller service. Set the base_password property for the BitNami Roller service to match the MySQL service password - self:MySQL:db_root_password. For remote database installations you can also set the mysql_hostname and the mysql_port properties.
Launching BitNami Roller as a Blueprint
The BitNami Roller Blueprint provides a server specification that includes:
A ready to run version of Roller.
Blueprints make it easy to launch servers that share a well-defined, repeatable configuration. To launch a server based on a Blueprint, go to the Applications section in the vFabric UI and select one of the BitNami Roller Blueprints available in the system.
Accessing your Roller application
Once you have launched BitNami Roller, you can view the details for the running machines in your deployment, including the IP of the server where Roller is running. Pointing your browser to http://<ip>:8080/roller will take you to the main screen of your application. You will be presented with a registration screen:
You can now register any username and password to access the application.
The installation of all BitNami applications is standardized. This section provides an overview of where each component is located in the event that you need to log in to your server, which you can do using the VMware console.
The standard location for the BitNami Library Application files is under /opt/bitnami. The following top-level folders are available:
mysql/: Contains configuration files related to MySQL. No MySQL binaries or libraries are bundled with BitNami for VMware deployments. Instead, the apps deployed integrate with the existing MySQL server provided by the distribution (either local or remote) and that has been configured using the VMware vFabric™ Application Director service template.
apache-tomcat/: Contains configuration files related to Tomcat. Tomcat binaries and libraries are bundled with BitNami for VMware deployments.
apache-tomcat/webapps/roller: Web files for BitNami Roller.
scripts/: Control scripts internal to BitNami.
apps/: The directory containing the BitNami applications that have been installed.
And, inside apps/roller folder:
You will find the application files for BitNami Roller under apps/roller/.
At the top level of the installation you will find the following additional files:
properties.ini: This file is readable only for the user that the installation was performed as. It includes information related to installation paths and configuration settings for the installed applications and associated services.
ctlscript.sh: Management script that allows you to start / stop different services. It provides a consistent interface across operating systems and services. You can find more information by typing /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart
The reason that all configuration and application files are located inside /opt/bitnami is to remain consistent with other BitNami application packages such as native installers and VMs that can be downloaded from (http://bitnami.com). Maintaining a common filesystem layout across operating systems and delivery mechanisms helps in many scenarios, such as moving from local laptop development environment to a vCloud production environment.
You can find additional information about BitNami Applications for VMware at http://bitnami.com/vmware