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Hi guys,

I am what can only be described as a total Linux newbie. The command line scares me ;)

However! I am willing to learn, but I need to set something up quite quickly, and wondered if I can ask for some help…?

I am running the Ubuntu LAMP VMWare machine on a Win 7 x64 host (my main development machine). My primary questions are:

1) How do I allow MySQL remote connections/configuration editing?

2) Related to the above, does the VM download come with an SSH2 server? If so, how can I set it up?

3) How about GD2, sendmail, and an FTP server? Are they on the image or not? Is there a way to get them if not (please remember, I’m a newbie, and additionally there is NO internet connection on this host machine at all).

I want to be able to use both Navicat and MySQL workbench on the host machine to edit the virtual machine.

For reference – security is NOT a concern on this system. As I said, there is no internet connection, and anyway, it is only used for internal website development, nothing more.

Last question:

3) For a basic system such as this, is there any functional difference between the SUSE and Ubuntu virtual machines? My web hosting provider uses CentOS, and I was considering trying to set up an identical system, but I’m a designer, and easily confused… Thus I came across the BitNami VM images :)

Many thanks!

Martin Hughes

Avatar Beltrán Rueda Administrator 3,714 post(s)


1) No for security reasons but it is easy to enable it. Take a look at

2) Yes, it ships a SSH2 server but it is not enabled by default for security reasons. It is also easy :)

- GD2 it is included. Sendmail no but you can install it easily:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install sendmail

You can also install FTP if it is necessary but I suggest to use SFTP or SCP which use SSH and most of the FTP clients supports. You can find more info at

3) You can use SuSE or Ubuntu, whatever you prefer.

I hope it helps.

Avatar moderatomaes... 2 post(s)

Thanks Beltrán. That’s a great help.

One further question though, am I not correct in thinking that “$ sudo apt-get update” relies on an internet connection? I only run the net on my laptop. Is there a repository I can download Sendmail from, and where do I then put it on the virtual machine to install it?

Finally, various other bits and bobs may be necessary to install. Do I download RPM, source, or what to install them?



Avatar Beltrán Rueda Administrator 3,714 post(s)


Yes I’m affreaid that you need internet connection. If you are using the Ubuntu Virtual appliance you can donwload the .deb packages but it could have several dependencies. Do you need sendmail? Maybe you can configure your application using SMTP setting to use an external email provider, like gmail or yahoo.

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