Installation of the OpenText Content Management System

I would like to explain which working steps you have to make in order to install the Open Text Web Content Management Systems 10.1. For a start, the following parts are necessary for the installation of such a system:

  • an appropriate operation sstem
  • a web-server, a database and PHP
  • Microsoft .NET Framework, version3.5
  • and an OpenText Website Management Server

The agony of choice: virtual or physical server?

The Open Text Web Site Management Server may be installed on a virtual or physical server. Any virtualization software available on the market can be used as a virtualization solution, for example ESXi or KVM. VirtualBox is suitable for a local test environment of the OpenText CMS.

Basic requirements and first steps

The virtual server system should at least have four gigabyte working memory and ten gigabyte physical fixed-disk storage. 

The OpenText CMS can be installed on a Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, always in the Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition. Before starting the OpenText CMS installation, the selected operating system should be updated; meaning all updates for a stable and secure operation should be installed.

Database installation

When the operation system is updated, the next installation step may be made.  Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008, all in the Standard or Enterprise Edition, are supported as a database. If a Microsoft SQL server is used as a database it is advisable to install and configure the 2005-compatability mode as well as client tools.

Alternatively, Oracle databases (versions 9i, 10g oo 11 Standard Edition) are also supported.

Web-server installation

After the installation of the database, the installation and configuration of the web-server follows. The Microsoft „Internet Information Server“, IIS, is used. By installing the IIS, the following client-services are also installed:

  • General HTTP-services (static content, standard document, directory search, HTTP-errors),
  • services for application development (ASP.NET, .NET-expandability, CGI, ISAP-expansions, ISAP-filter),
  • services for integrity of data and diagnosis (HTTP-recording, request monitor, request filtering), 
  • services for monitoring and improvement of efficiency and performance  (compression of static content),
  • and maintenance programms (IIS-management console, IIS 6-management compatibility).

Additionally a current PHP version is installed. This may be .msi or might be integrated as .zip. Finally, the .Net Framework 3.5 is installed.

Open Text Content Management Server installation

The web server is now ready and the CMS can be installed in the desired release version. Here, it is once more important to install necessary updates, especially security updates.

As a first step, the installation checks, if MSXML and SOAP are installed on the system. If this is not the case, the interfaces are installed. Subsequently, the installation of the actual CMS is performed.

The license key must be entered during the installation process. A license is always linked to a permanent IP. OpenText CMS is equipped with 2 sample projects (Sample project Best Practice and Sample project Up-And-Away) by default, which may be selected or deselected during the installation.

Upon completion of the installation the user can log in under http://localhost/cms and can change the standard admin-user access data. If the system as well as the CMS is working, the desired configurations as well as the steady quality assurance on the testing environment can be made.

Jana Förster, Apprentice IT Specialist for Integration, first of training