TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library

Start-to-finish tutorial for new users

A.M. McReynolds's picture

How does a user navigate the TurnKey Hub interface?  Upon entry into TurnKey Hub, I'm launched into a admin home page with no instructions on how to access or use the installed MediaWiki appliance. 

Thank you,
A.M.

Alon Swartz's picture

I don't follow...

Could you provide some more information on what you mean by the "admin home page", and where you are getting stuck?

In general, the user experience goes something like this:

  • Request an invite, accept it, register a Hub account
  • Once logged in, you will be presented with a "lets get you started" page, with the action to register your Amazon account. If you don't have one, just follow the link to create one. Along the way, you can click "help" if you get stuck and need a little guidance. The whole process is actually quite simple.
  • Once you have registered your Amazon account, you can then launch an appliance. Click on the launch link, select your appliance (optionally set advanced options), then launch.
  • Your server will be launched and its information along with administrative actions will be displayed. You can then click on the IP address, webshell or webmin icons to connect to it.
  • Optionally, you can SSH into the instance.

I hope the above helps, but the more information you can provide as to where you are getting stuck, the easier it will be to help.

A.M. McReynolds's picture

Unregister Server, Re-registration Successful

Alon-

Thanks for your message.  Unregistering the previous server and re-registering a new EC2 proved successful—and easy.  Previously, I made the mistake of clicking on the Web Management page, which was disorienting.

How do I link this Amazon EC2 server to my website host to create the universally accessible "mediawiki.example.com"?  I have already created said subdomain.

Thank you,
A.M.
 


Alon Swartz's picture

It should be enough to just point the domain...

It should be enough to just point the domain (DNS A record) to the IP address of the server running on EC2. If not, let me know, you might need to tweak the mediawiki settings, but I doubt it.

You might want to use an Elastic IP (translating Amazon's weird lingo, that means a static IP address that doesn't change). This would allow you keep the same DNS record, even if you terminate the server and launch a new one.

Regarding webmin (the web management interface), when clicking on the link it should open up in a new window/tab - didn't that happen? Do you have any suggestions that would make this clearer for other users?

I'm at a loss regarding the unregister/reregister, but I'm glad it's working for you now.

A.M. McReynolds's picture

MediaWiki Manual: Short URL

FYI:  I "terminated" a server and registered my Amazon account. Webamin did open in a new window, but I'm unsure what to do:  Webamin Actions Log, Webadmin Configuration, Webadmin Servers Index, or Webadmin users.

I'm writing to ask why the TurnKey MediaWiki Appliance configures the following:

http://IP Address/index.php/Main_Page

As a result, I am unable to follow the follwing directions: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Short_URL#Setup_steps

Any suggestions?

Thank you,
A.M.
 


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