Getting Started

    This article describes how to get started using the Windows Azure images developed by Bitnami. We will use the Bitnami WordPress image for the examples below.

    Bitnami Launchpad for Windows Azure

    The Launchpad for Windows Azure is a web-based interface for launching Azure images with ease. When you visit the Launchpad, you will have access to the entire Bitnami Library.

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    Mouse over a image to reveal two options: Launch in Account and Free 1 hour Demo. You do not need an Azure account to launch a demo, however you will need to sign up for Windows Azure to run a production server.

     

     

    Enter Bitnami admin password by clicking the sign in link in the top right. Next, you will create a Management Certificate in order to give Bitnami permission to launch applications in your Azure account. Just sign in to Azure.

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    A customized pub file will automatically download to your computer, which you can drag from your desktop into the console. Now just click to create a service. Once you do, you'll be able to set your server size, select a region and create a virtual machine

     

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    Where do I find my application credentials?

    Using the Bitnami Launchpad

    Your default credentials become available once you create a virtual machine instance. To find them, follow these steps:

    • Log in to the Bitnami Launchpad for Microsoft Azure.
    • Click the "Virtual Machines" item in the top navigation bar.
    • The resulting page will display a list of your virtual machines. Select the one for which you need credentials.

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    • The "Application Info" section in the left panel contains the credentials for your instance. The password is hidden by default but will be displayed in plain text when the "Show" button, adjacent to the password input, is clicked.

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    Using the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

    Please note that in most cases, the default application login and password are:

    login: user

    password: bitnami

    You can find the default login and password in the Windows Azure VMDepot portal, in the Azure image description.

    WARNING: Please login to your application immediately after launching your server and change the default password.

    Connect to your machine

    You have full control over your machine and you can connect to it with any SSH/SFTP/SCP client. The system account login and password were chosen with the server creation command. Learn more about how to connect to your server. Here is an example of SSH session for our demo machine below:

    ssh wpuser@mywordpress.cloudapp.net
    wpuser@mywordpress.cloudapp.net's password:
    
    The programs included with the Ubuntu system are free software;
    the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
    individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.
    
    Ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by
    applicable law.
    
    Welcome to Ubuntu 12.10 (GNU/Linux 3.5.0-21-generic x86_64)
           ___ _ _   _  _            _ 
          | _ |_) |_| \| |__ _ _ __ (_)
          | _ \ |  _| .` / _` | '  \| |
          |___/_|\__|_|\_\__,_|_|_|_|_|
    
      *** Welcome to the Bitnami WordPress 3.5-0 ***
      *** Bitnami Wiki:   http://wiki.bitnami.com/ ***
      *** Bitnami Forums: http://answers.bitnami.com/ ***
    wpuser@my-wordpress:~$
    

     

    Basic operations

    All of the Bitnami base stack components, such as Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc., are located in the /opt/bitnami directory. 

    Configuration files

    The most important configuration files are located in the following locations:

    Apache web server:

    /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf

    Apache web server application secific configuration file

    /opt/bitnami/apps/<application-name>conf/<application-name>.conf

    example: /opt/bitnami/apps/wordpress/conf/wordpress.conf

    PHP configuration file

    /opt/bitnami/php/etc/php.ini

    Log files

    • /opt/bitnami/apache2/log/error.log
    • /opt/bitnami/apache2/log/access.log
    • /opt/bitnami/mysql/data/mysqld.log

    Applications

    All of the Bitnami applications are installed in the /opt/bitnami/apps directory. If you want to learn more about a specifc Bitnami application, see the following articles:

     

    Managing Services

    The Bitnami Stack is managed with the ctlscript.sh tool. You can use it to check the state of your services (Apache, MySQL, etc.), start, stop or restart them.

    wpuser@my-wordpress:~$ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh status 
    apache already running
    mysql already running
    wpuser@my-wordpress:~$ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart
    Syntax OK
    /opt/bitnami/apache2/scripts/ctl.sh : httpd stopped
    /opt/bitnami/mysql/scripts/ctl.sh : mysql stopped
    130114 16:01:05 mysqld_safe Logging to '/opt/bitnami/mysql/data/mysqld.log'.
    130114 16:01:06 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld.bin daemon with databases from /opt/bitnami/mysql/data
    /opt/bitnami/mysql/scripts/ctl.sh : mysql  started at port 3306
    Syntax OK
    /opt/bitnami/apache2/scripts/ctl.sh : httpd started at port 80
    
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