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  • Download and install VMWare Player.

    It is completely free and supports Windows and Linux.

    Note: the VMWare Player installation procedure falls beyond this manual; please refer to VMWare documentation for detailed information.

  • Download the VA virtual machine package here.
  • Extract files from the downloaded archive to any folder, for example: С:\VMBitrix\BitrixVM\.
  • Run VMWare Player. Click Open Virtual Machine and select BitrixVM.vmx that has previously been extracted to С:\VMBitrix\BitrixVM\. The new virtual machine will be added the list.
  • Select Bitrix Virtual Appliance and click Play Virtual Machine:

  • VMWare Player will start the virtual machine and load the operating system installed on it. Once the operating system is loaded, you will see the following window:

  • When starting the virtual machine for the first time, you will be prompted to change the passwords for the root superuser and the bitrix user:

    • In localhost login and Password prompts, type the current login and password (root and bitrix, respectively). Hit Enter.
    • When prompter for (current) UNIX password, type the current password (bitrix) and press Enter.
    • Type the new password in Enter new UNIX password; press Enter.
    • Retype the new password in Retype new UNIX password; press Enter again.

    Note: you can also change the password using the Change root password command.
  • Now your virtual server is running and ready for use:

  • The Available actions list enumerates possible administrative options.

    • 0. Virtual appliance information – shows information on the current settings and parameters for the current environment;
    • 1. Mail sending system parameters – configures the parameters of the built-in mail server;
    • 2. Disable/Enable HTTP access (HTTPS only) – enables or disables access to the website using HTTP protocol;
    • 3. Change root password – changes the superuser password;
    • 4. Change bitrix password – changes the password for the "bitrix" user;
    • 5. Virtual server reboot – restarts the virtual server;
    • 6. Virtual server shutdown – stops the virtual server;
    • 7. Get a new IP address via DHCP – obtains a new IP address for the server from a DHCP server;
    • 8. Assign a new IP address (manual) – enables an administrator to set the server IP address manually;
    • 9. Set PHP timezone from Operating System setting – sets the virtual appliance's time zone according to the operating system preferences;
    • 10. Create master node – creates a master node in a web cluster;
    • 11. Add slave node – adds a slave node to an existing web (available only on a master machine);
    • 12. Make slave node a master node – converts a slave node into a master node (available only on a slave machine);
    • 13. Add additional site – adds another website in multisite mode;
    • 14. Delete additional site – deletes an existing website when in multisite mode;
    • 15. NTLM authentication – enables or disables NTLM authentication;
    • 16. Start/Stop server monitoring – enables or disables server status and health monitoring;
    • 17. Start/Stop site backup – enables or disables website data auto backup;
    • 18. Sphinx search server - setting for the Sphinx search server;
    • 19. Update System - updates the virtual appliance to the latest version.

To execute any command, type the command number and press Enter. For example, to disable the virtual server type 6 (Virtual server shutdown) and press Enter.

To direct control back to operating system, press Ctrl+Alt.

To return from shell to the virtual machine menu, execute:

cd ./menu.sh

Note: if you encounter problems with the network adapter, try changing the adapter mode (Bridged, NAT, Host-only):

Then, restart the server by selecting the command 5 and pressing Enter.

Now that the server is running, type the address suggested by the appliance (it varies from system to system; the screenshot above shows the address http://192.168.1.105) in the web browser. You will see the following welcome screen:

Choose one of the options to continue:

  • New Installation - runs the installation wizard which will download, unpack and install a new website;
  • Restore Project - runs a restoration wizard to create a backup copy of your website or restore it from an existing backup.


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