well, i am making progress and moving forward. I am now getting ready to start on my prod site. i still have a lot of learning left to do but i need to move forward with the real deal.
i have the best hosting provider there is – Blackmesh. they are based out of the DC area and they are really a top class act.
they run all their drupal stuff on centos. i have been using ubuntu desktop 12.04 for all my dev work so far but the time has come to go back to the command line and use the same OS for the sandbox that i will be using in prod.
so i’m learing linux commands again. no desktop to fall back on. i was an AIX admin years ago so this isn’t too bad. but it is new and therefore will warrant some space on this site.
centos has networking turned off by default. here is a good link about that.
make sure the the onboot option is set to yes. learn vi editor if you don’t know it. BTW, it sucks. but here is a link for its commands
then you can install the packages that you need. i also had some trouble getting centos installed on vmware player but i was able to work around them with some google searches. you need to get the centos iso minimal install file AND, when you create the vm, don’t install the os with the initial wizard, just choose don’t install os, then go back and do it. do specifiy in vmware that you will be using centos though.