How to install Group Office (an enterprise CRM and collaboration tool) on Debian 7 (Wheezy)

how-to-install-groupoffice-an-enterprise-crm-and-collaboration-tool-on-debian-7-wheezyIn the following article we are going to install Group Office, an enterprise CRM and collaboration tool on a Debian VPS.

A Group Office VPS will help you share projects, calendars, tasks, files and e-mail online with co-workers and clients.

If you are starting with a minimal Debian 7 VPS, then you need to set-up and install LAMP Stack on your VPS before proceeding any further with this article. If you’re starting with our LAMP Stack based Debian VPS, then you can proceed with the installation of Group Office.

First thing to do is to login to your VPS via SSH using some SSH Client like putty for example or use your terminal application.

Once logged in, fire up a screen session by executing:

screen -U -S goffice

and make sure your Debian VPS is fully up-to-date by running:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Next thing to do is to set-up a database for Group Office. Do this by running the following commands:

mysql -u root -p
create database groupofficeDB;
grant all on groupofficeDB.* to groupoffice@localhost identified by 'MySecurePass';
\q

once the database is created, navigate to your webserver’s document root, download Group Office sources from http://sourceforge.net/projects/group-office/files/latest/download and install the software. We do this by running the following commands:

cd /var/www/
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/group-office/5.0/groupoffice-com-5.0.9.tar.gz -O groupoffice.tar.gz
tar -zxvf groupoffice.tar.gz
rm -f groupoffice.tar.gz
mv groupoffice-com-5.0.9 groupoffice
chown www-data: -R groupoffice/

before proceeding with Group Office installation, there are some packages which need to be installed on the VPS for best Group Office experience.

apt-get install libwbxml2-utils tnef php5-mcrypt php5-pspell zip

with all this in place, navigate to http://yourdomain.com/groupoffice/install to set-up and install Group Office.

when prompted to create a config.php file, do this by executing:

touch /var/www/groupoffice/config.php
chown www-data: -R /var/www/groupoffice/

next, create protected directory for storage somewhere outside of the document root. /home/groupoffice is fine place.

mkdir /home/groupoffice
chown www-data: /home/groupoffice

and complete your Group Office installation by following the on-screen instructions.

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