Snipe-IT is a free and open source web application for IT assets management that provides a web-based interface for tracking licenses, accessories, consumables, and components. Snipe-IT comes with beautiful built-in email notifications for users and administrators. It is cross-platform and feature-rich web-based software built using a PHP framework called Laravel. You can keep track of what you own, how something has been deployed, who is working with what desktop, and the details of every server in your data center using Snipe-IT.
In this article, I will explain how to install Snipe-IT asset management system on Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) with Ubuntu 16.04.
First, log in to your Alibaba Cloud ECS Console. Create a new ECS instance, choosing Ubuntu 16.04 as the operating system with at least 2GB RAM. Connect to your ECS instance and log in as the root user.
Once you are logged into your Ubuntu 16.04 instance, run the following command to update your base system with the latest available packages.
apt-get update -y
Snipe-IT requires Apache, MariaDB and PHP installed to your system. First, install Apache and MariaDB with the following command:
apt-get install apache2 mariadb-server -y
Next, you will need to add the PHP repository to your system. You can add it with the following command:
apt-get install software-properties-common -y add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
Once the repository is installed, update the repository and install PHP with all the required libraries with the following command:
apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2 php7.2-pdo php7.2-mbstring php7.2-tokenizer php7.2-curl php7.2-mysql php7.2-ldap php7.2-zip php7.2-fileinfo php7.2-gd php7.2-dom php7.2-mcrypt php7.2-bcmath -y
Once all the packages are installed, you will also modify the php.ini file:
Make the following changes:
memory_limit = 256M upload_max_filesize = 200M max_execution_time = 360 date.timezone = Asia/Kolkata
Save and close the file. Then start Apache and MariaDB service and enable them to start on boot time with the following command:
systemctl start apache2 systemctl start mysql systemctl enable apache2 systemctl enable mysql
By default, MariaDB is not hardened. So you will need to secure it first. You can do this using the mysql_secure_installation script:
Set root password? [Y/n] n Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y
Next, log in to MariaDB shell:
mysql -u root -p
Enter your root password, then create a database and user for Snipe-IT:
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE snipeit_db character set utf8; MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON snipeit_db.* TO 'snipeit_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
Next, flush the privileges and exit from the MariaDB shell with the following command:
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; MariaDB [(none)]> quit
First, you will need to download the latest version of the Snipe-IT to your system. You can download it from the GIT repository with the following command:
cd /var/www/html/ git clone https://github.com/snipe/snipe-it snipe-it
Next, change the directory to the snipe-it and copy sample .env file:
cd /var/www/html/snipe-it cp .env.example .env
Next, open .env file and update the database details:
Make the following changes:
# -------------------------------------------- # REQUIRED: DATABASE SETTINGS # -------------------------------------------- DB_CONNECTION=mysql DB_HOST=localhost DB_DATABASE=snipeit_db DB_USERNAME=snipeit_user DB_PASSWORD=password DB_PREFIX=null DB_DUMP_PATH='/usr/bin'
Save and close the file.
Next, you will need to install the Composer to your system. The Composer is a dependency manager for PHP. It is used to install dependencies required by PHP. You can install it by just running the following command:
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
Next, install all the dependencies required by PHP by running the following command:
composer install --no-dev --prefer-source
Once all the dependencies are installed, generate the "APP_Key" with the following command:
php artisan key:generate
************************************** * Application In Production! * ************************************** Do you really wish to run this command? (yes/no) [no]: > yes Application key [base64:Ui3UGJG6QXyb+ary9K34qdohTC63vD8cKx5uetPfjVU=] set successfully.
Next, populate MySQL with Snipe-IT's default database schema with the following command:
php artisan migrate
************************************** * Application In Production! * ************************************** Do you really wish to run this command? (yes/no) [no]: > yes Migration table created successfully.
Next, give proper permissions to the snipe-it directory:
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/snipe-it chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/snipe-it
Next, you will need to create an Apache virtual host file for Snipe-IT. You can create it with the following command:
Add the following lines:
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin email@example.com <Directory /var/www/html/snipe-it/public> Require all granted AllowOverride All </Directory> DocumentRoot /var/www/html/snipe-it/public ServerName your-domain.com ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/snipeIT.error.log CustomLog /var/log/apache2/snipeIT.access.log combined </VirtualHost>
Save and close the file, then enable Apache virtual host file with the following command:
Next, enable mcrypt, mbstring and rewrite module using the following command:
phpenmod mcrypt phpenmod mbstring a2enmod rewrite
Finally, restart Apache service to apply all the changes:
systemctl restart apache2
Open your web browser and type the URL http://your-domain.com. You should see the following page:
Make sure all the system requirements are correct. Then, click on the Create Database Table button. You should see the following page:
Next, click on the Create User page. You should see the following page:
Here, provide your Site name, Admin username and password. Then click on the Next button. You should see the following page:
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