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Dspace on VirtualBox VM (GUI)

Start by downloading the virtual box VM from here


This instance of dspace has been created using Debian Squeeze with Gnome GUI interface. A barebone server without any graphic interface is also available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/dspacevb/files/DspaceVB_1.8.2_GUI/. The non-GUI version is light in size and fast in performance but needs some a client browser to access dspace. Also some command line skills may be required for configuration.

External Resources

For more details about the technologies/applications used follow the following links,

The dspace instance is ready to use. Download the .ova file, import it to your Virtual Box and its ready to use.

Hardware Requirements

Since its a virtual image and works in virtual environment its very flexible to manage. The resources needed are,

  • RAM = 1GB (You can decrease/increase this value according to the resouces at your disposal).
  • HardDisk = 32 GB (Its dynamically allocated i.e. It will work with less than 5 GB free space and keep expanding as you keep adding data).
  • Processor = P4 upwards.

Software Requirements

This virtual machine serve only needs a layer of virtual environment (Exp. Oracle Virtual Box, VMWare Player etc.) to run. At the bottom of the virtual layer there can be any OS that is supported by the virtual technology you use.

On VMWare Player

This Virtual Machine can also be run on VMWare Player which is available for free download. You can import this .ova file by going to the Open A Virtual Machine link on the left and selecting this .ova file. However the installation won't work out of the box as it works on Oracle VB. You need to install the linux tools first on the Guest OS. Once you have installed the tools your VM will be available over the network and so will be your Dspace instance.

Access Details

You can access dspace as under,

	JSPUI Interface		http://192.168.1.40:8080/jspui
	XMLUI Interface 	http://192.168.1.40:8080/xmlui

Authorization Details

The linux user,

	Username*	dspace
	password	dspace123

*The user has sudo privileges,

You can create the administrator user from the command line with the dspace linux user as,

cd /dspace/bin

./dspace create-administrator

Email Setup

This instance is setup to send emails using sendmail email application. All you need to do is input you email ID in the configuration file at /dspace/config/dspace.cfg. Replace the youremail@yourdomain.com with your email ID under #####Email Settings##### heading. As the IP is not a public one, the emails may go to your spam box.

Configuring Dspace Emails with Gmail Account

Alternately you can configure your emails to work with your gmail ID. Change the following settings in the dspace.cfg file,

Give the gmail smtp settings as under,

# SMTP mail server
mail.server = smtp.gmail.com

Provide your gmail email ID and password as bellow,

# SMTP mail server authentication username and password (if required)
mail.server.username = youremailID@gmail.com
mail.server.password = Your password

Uncomment the following lines,

# Pass extra settings to the Java mail library. Comma-separated, equals sign between
# the key and the value. For example:
mail.extraproperties = mail.smtp.socketFactory.port=465, \
mail.smtp.socketFactory.class=javax.net.ssl.SSLSocketFactory, \
mail.smtp.socketFactory.fallback=false

Known Issues

Known Issues: After importing the network settings may not work at first. You may need to shutdown the virtual machine and open the Settings >> Network and change the option from NAT to Bridged and select you NIC to make it work.

Warning: The installation is not meant for production, its only for test environment.

Contact Details

In case you face problems or want to make any suggestions you can write to me at support[at]punlib.net

	Best of Luck

Title - Dspace on VirtualBox VM (GUI) | Author - Amandeep Kapila | Article ID - 00000000038 | Last Updated - 2015-06-16 10:21:05 | Keywords - Dspace, Dspace Virtual Machine, Dspace VirtualBox VM, Dspace in Virtual Environment, Dspace Virtual Server

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