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SME Server on a hosted VPS (e.g. Linode.com)

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SME Server on a hosted VPS (e.g. Linode.com)
« on: May 26, 2010, 01:00:08 AM »
Hi all,

I'm trying to get some help on trying to get SME Server on a VPS (Xen based) over at linode.com.

If you're interested, would you be willing to pitch in some help please?

I would love to see to be able to deploy a (reasonably proced) hosted SME Server.

See: http://www.linode.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5620

This is NO SPAM, and not intended as such, as I need to start somewhere with some hosting service.

Thanks,
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Offline jameswilson

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Re: SME Server on a hosted VPS (e.g. Linode.com)
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2010, 01:11:48 AM »
i run a few sme's on xen (citrix) without issues. Installing it was the hard bit as the it would run from cd. im assuming it the other xen though

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Re: SME Server on a hosted VPS (e.g. Linode.com)
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 05:52:49 PM »
Back in 2008 I was considering the same thing. I have a client who uses linode. I posed the question to the folks at linode.com and they offered this link as a starting point: http://thegrebs.com/docs/linode_distro.html

I don't know if the link is still relevant, as I don't have the time to follow up right now. Still, I am interested in your project and will contribute where/when I can.
- Mark

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Re: SME Server on a hosted VPS (e.g. Linode.com)
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010, 01:09:53 AM »
Hi guys,

thanks for the responses.

I've followed this: http://library.linode.com/advanced/custom-distro-howto
which is a lot like the how-to that Mark referenced.

I've installed SME Server (SME 8B5) in virtualbox and when SME Server goes to a reboot after initial install, I killed the VM, resulting in a 'ready to config' SME Server at the next boot.

The real problem seems to be getting the LVM structure of SME Server over to linode. When I follow the above how-to's, I end up (of course) with only the SME Server /boot partition and not the LVM structure. Not bootable, but /boot by itself is transferred correctly.

I guess we need a partition/LVM guru pitching in some help here...?

Next there is the SME specific kernel and modules issue with Xen, but it seems James can help us with that ;-)

Regards,
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Re: SME Server on a hosted VPS (e.g. Linode.com)
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2010, 04:14:51 AM »
I guess we need a partition/LVM guru pitching in some help here...?

No, you can just install with 'nolvm'.

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Next there is the SME specific kernel and modules issue with Xen, but it seems James can help us with that ;-)

There is no SME specific kernel, and the modules are all optional (appletalk, dialup and PPTP VPN).

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Re: SME Server on a hosted VPS (e.g. Linode.com)
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2010, 01:26:46 AM »
Still on this, WIP. 'dd' a 2.5 Gb image is not trivial with only a 35K upload capacity at the moment.

'nolvm' did the trick, thanks Charlie.