Introduction

I’ve covered in my previous post how to create a LAMP stack on Windows Azure using the BitNami provided image. In this post, I’ll alternatively create the lamp stack using Ubuntu’s tasksel, which gives me a more “traditional” barebones setup than the once enforced by the BitNami images.

Let’s start

Provision the machine

Create a new Virtual Machine, I’ll choose a spanking new Ubuntu 13.10

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Open the HTTP port 80 in the load balancer to allow web access

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Provision the server (should take about 10 minutes).

Install the required software

SSH into the new machine using PuTTy and run apt-get update

sudo apt-get update

Install the Ubuntu LAMP stack using Tasksel

sudo apt-get install tasksel
sudo tasksel install lamp-server

Go through the wizard and choose your MySQL root password

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After the wizard is done, if you browse to http://lampstack3.cloudapp.net you should be presented with a page like the below

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Install phpmyadmin

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

Go through the wizard

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Then enter the MySQL root password

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Then define a password for the phpMyAdmin application

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After phpmyadmin is installed, you need to add its configuration in the apache2.conf to be able to access it at http://lampstack3.cloudapp.net/phpmyadmin

sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

And add the following line at the very end

Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

Then exit and save (CTRL+X then Y)

Restart apache

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Accessing the webserver files

The root of the webserver is located at /var/www. You need to change the ownership of that folder from root to the username you used when provisioning the machine (ex: azureuser)

sudo chown azureuser /var/www

Use any SFTP client (ex: FileZilla) to connect to lampstack3.cloudapp.net and navigate to /var/www to publish your site.

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