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Railux: A Railo ColdFusion CFML Virtual Appliance

This is the older version of Railux, but has Apache and MySQL. For the ligthweight new Railux with Railo 3.3, go to http://blog.thesitestudio.com/?p=79

Railo Appliance, Railux, is an Apache/Tomcat/Railo stack on Ubuntu Linux and Railo 3.2 on Tomcat. Based on the BitNami Apache-Tomcat Appliance, it’s a fully functioning Railo ColdFusion Server Appliance that could be used for production or development.

Version information
– Railo 3.2 (CF 9.0 compatible)
– Apache 2.2.16
– Tomcat 6.0.29
– MySQL 5.1.50
– Java 1.6.0_22
– Samba server (latest via apt-get)
– UFW Firewall (latest via apt-get)
– Nano editor (latest via apt-get)

Usernames, passwords, and other information
– For Linux: bitnami:bitnami
– For Tomcat: manager:bitnami
– For Railo: istanbul
– For Samba: coldfusion:istanbul
– For mySQL: coldfusion:istanbul
– Hostname: Railux
– IP Address: DHCP Configured
– Railo Homepage: http://railux (you will need to add the IP and name to your host file)
– Tomcat Manager URL: http://railux/manager
– Installation folder: /opt/bitnami

How to get it
Download image (717MB)
– Extract the contents folder to your drive

How to use it
– Double click bitnami-tomcatstack-6.0.32-0-ubuntu-10.10.vmx in the extracted folder to start the appliance (you must have VMWare or VMWare Player, get the player free here)
– There is no need to login to the console to use Railo. After start up, you can either go to the IP address displayed on the console window or go to http://railux to view the Railo homepage. From there you can access the Railo admin
– The Site Studio website is provided as an example under http://railux/tss
– To upload your website, go to the samba share on \railuxcoldfusion
– You can delete the TSS folder if you like but do not delete anything else
– To make the default page your home page (e.g. http://yourdomain.com), you must add a Virtual Host to Apache , then¬† create a domain in your hosts file or on your network’s DNS server and point it to railux so you can access it
– The conf file is in /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf
– Restart Apache when done by running the control script by sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart apache

Future Features
– Add Mura and other CF apps
– Improve management
– Reduce image size
– Add other VM formats

If you have questions or feedback, contact me ozzy@thesitetudio.com

10 Comments

  1. David Siles says:

    Nice job on the appliance. Going to save me a little time this weekend for sure.

    1. ozzy says:

      Thanks, hope it does the job, good luck.

  2. Richard Hughes says:

    Thanks for railux, pretty cool!

    1. ozzy says:

      Thanks. A new version will be out soon with FTP and Mura. It’s smaller and faster.

  3. Richard Hughes says:

    Ozzy, how hard would it be to add eclipse with subversion?

    I love the idea of a completely free CML server & development system that you can have on a thumb drive or in the cloud!

    1. ozzy says:

      I’ll add it soon as I can. Good idea.

      1. Macdonald says:

        I have to admit, Railo is super easy to get up and rnnuing. I recently pulled down their Express download, no install, was up and rnnuing in about 5 minutes (the time it took me to set up my datasources). As a quick test, I copied over an old MG:U app and outside of some small changes, it ran beautifully. I’m definitely impressed with all the hard work the Railo folks have done.

        1. Ketyllin says:

          Hi Richard,indeed they have small fitopront applnaices. I like it, because not only they are available for free and does not waste valuable disk space but also use the OVF format to compress their images and allow us to import it directly through the VI-Client interface.Right now there is another one called VA-ntop available through the import mechanism of the VI-Client.- Open VI-Client- Go to File->Virtual Appliance->Import choose import from the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace. (first button)- Click the next button- Look for Virtualapplnaices.net.- Click the Download Now button

    2. Valentin says:

      I have done this now on searevl times and can pretty much confirm that it works just fine.I am running the J2EE (Multiserver Configuration) setup on Ubuntu Server (Dapper) which has been turned into a developer workstation running Gnome deskop, Eclispe WTP, etc.No issues as yet and stable like you would not believe.Tied in with Apache it really is the best way to develop web applications with ColdFusion, considering most good things will eventually be served on production Linux boxes, it makes sense to develop on the same too.Ethan CaneWeb Developer

      1. Romina says:

        I have to admit, Railo is super easy to get up and running. I reenltcy pulled down their Express download, no install, was up and running in about 5 minutes (the time it took me to set up my datasources). As a quick test, I copied over an old MG:U app and outside of some small changes, it ran beautifully. I’m definitely impressed with all the hard work the Railo folks have done.