openDCIM 2.1 Installation on Centos 6

This is a bottom-up guide for installing openDCIM on a system running CentOS 6.x.

This guide is released in the Public Domain, except from the section "Enable HTTPS" which is a snippet from CentOS Wiki and is licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Software Used

This guide has been tested with:

  • openDCIM version 2.1, the current version as of the writing of the guide, but it should apply to previous versions, and possibly to future ones as well.
  • CentOS 6.4 Minimal 64bit, with the latest updates as of 2013-05-25, but it should apply to previous versions, and possibly to future ones as well.
  • The vim editor is used in the commands below, because it adds nice colored syntax highlighting when editing configuration files. If you don't have vim, you can use vi, which comes preinstalled with CentOS, or any text editor of your choice.

Install Apache, PHP, MySQL

Install, start and enable Apache:

yum -y install httpd
service httpd start
chkconfig httpd on

Install PHP, and the MBSTRING module required for internationalization:

yum -y install php
yum -y install php-mysql
yum -y install php-mbstring

Install, start and enable MySQL Server:

yum -y install mysql-server
service mysqld start
chkconfig mysqld on

Secure MySQL Server:


During this step, you will:

  1. Set a root password
  2. Remove anonymous users
  3. Disallow root login remotely
  4. Remove test database and access to it
  5. Reload privilege tables

Create a database for openDCIM (change the database name dcim and the password dcimpassword to something that suits you):

mysql -u root -p
mysql> create database dcim;
mysql> grant all privileges on dcim.* to 'dcim'@'localhost' identified by 'dcimpassword';

Enable HTTPS

Install Apache SSL Module:

yum -y install mod_ssl

Generate the necessary keys and copy them to the proper directories:

cd /root
openssl genrsa -out ca.key 1024 
openssl req -new -key ca.key -out ca.csr
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in ca.csr -signkey ca.key -out ca.crt
cp ca.crt /etc/pki/tls/certs
cp ca.key /etc/pki/tls/private/ca.key
cp ca.csr /etc/pki/tls/private/ca.csr

To let Apache know of the proper locations of the keys, edit /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf...

vim +/SSLCertificateFile /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf

... comment out the line...

SSLCertificateFile /etc/pki/tls/certs/localhost.crt

... and substitute with:

SSLCertificateFile /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca.crt

Also comment out the line...

SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/pki/tls/private/localhost.key

... and substitute with:

SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/pki/tls/private/ca.key

To set the server name:

vim +/ServerName /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Find the line...


...and add below it:


Finally restart Apache...

service httpd restart

Create a VirtualHost

vim +/NameVirtualHost /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Find the line:

#NameVirtualHost *:80

... and add below it:

NameVirtualHost *:443

Now create a new configuration file for the openDCIM VirtualHost...

vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/

... add the lines...

<VirtualHost *:443>
  ServerAdmin [email protected]
  DocumentRoot /var/www/opendcim
  <Directory /var/www/opendcim>
    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "openDCIM"   
    AuthUserFile /var/www/.htpasswd
    Require valid-user

Enable User Authentication

You have protected the openDCIM web directory with a requirement for Basic authentication, with the lines already added in your Apache configuration file above.

Now, to create at least on user, do:

touch /var/www/.htpasswd
htpasswd /var/www/.htpasswd Administrator

You will be asked for a password for user "Administrator" twice.

Open Web Access on Firewall

The iptables firewall is enabled on CentOS by default, and blocks access to HTTPS port 443. To allow it...

vim /etc/sysconfing/iptables

... find the line...

-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

...and add below it:

-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT

Restart iptables:

service iptables restart

Download and Install openDCIM

Download the latest version of openDCIM from (version 2.1 at the time of writing this guide):

cd /var/www
curl -O

Extract the archive and create a symbolic link:

tar zxvf openDCIM-2.1.tar.gz
ln -s openDCIM-2.1 opendcim

The symbolic link is not required. If you don't want to create it, just rename the directory openDCIM-2.1 to opendcim. However, having a symbolic link in place allows you to find out the version of openDCIM at a glance, and makes upgrades easier.

Now, prepare the configuration file for access to the database:

cd /var/www/opendcim

Edit the following lines, to reflect your settings of database host (in this example localhost), database name (dcim), and credentials that you assigned when creating the database:

$dbhost = 'localhost';
$dbname = 'dcim';
$dbuser = 'dcim';
$dbpass = 'dcimpassword';

Finally, restart Apache one last time:

service httpd restart

Now, you can open openDCIM in your browser to proceed with the installation. If you have set up a DNS entry for a domain name to point to your web server's IP, you will go to something similar to Otherwise, you can visit https://IP_of_web_server/.

In any case, you will be asked to accept the web server's HTTPS certificate. This will only happen once per browser. You will then be asked for the Authentication credentials that you configured earlier with htpasswd.

To finish with the installation, follow Scott Milliken's (lead developer) video tutorial on YouTube, starting from minute 09:00. He will walk you through the first settings to get you started in the web interface.

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