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Advantages of OpenERP Appliance

The weakest link of the free of charge OpenERP All-In-One for Linux is its dependence on the network and on launchpad.net repository, failing in case the Internet or Launchpad connection gets in trouble and requiring then a new deployment from scratch (with a fresh install of Ubuntu Linux included). Also, this All-In-One installer for Linux lasts longer than 40 minutes, downloading all the required python libraries and OpenERP source code. OpenERP All-In-One for Windows is easy-to-use and fast-to-deploy but is not update-able and not recommended for production either.

On the other hand, the purchase of these inexpensive OpenERP Appliances will save you precious time and money by including OpenERP source code without the need of an Internet connection for downloading OpenERP. The full installation processends in less than 5 minutes, and can be deployed on virtual machines, in cloud computing infrastructures or installed in physical computers. The appliances also offer a professional well tuned and tested installation with ease of use, latest OpenERP updates with full logging, and guarantee of success without licence costs. Actually this is the number one choice for mission-critical computing (production), testing and demonstrations.

Now you can get the performance, reliability, scalability and usability of propietary ERPs for up to 99,99 percent less!! :-)

Pricing

  • OpenERP 6 Desktop Appliance: 6€
  • OpenERP 6 Server Appliance: 6€
  • OpenERP 6.1rc1 Server Appliance: 6€
  • OpenERP 6.1.1 Server Appliance: 10€

Community vs Enterprise pricing

Pricing of services offered by the Editor:  click here and here

Where to purchase and download OpenERP Appliance

‘Add to cart’ buttons available here via e-junkie.com purchases. PayPal, credit card and debit card payments.

The downloading should take around 9 minutes. Bear in mind that any download is only as fast as the slowest link in the network route, which is usually the buyer’s own ISP connection — e.g., a 500MB file would take several hours, and a 2GB file would take a day or two, to download to completion over a 256kbps basic residential DSL connection. Files are zipped for Simple File Verification.

Community Support Forum

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Key points

  • A pre-packaged Installable Live CD OpenERP server on IA 32-bit Ubuntu Linux: an ISO image which installs on both bare metal (I.e., a non-virtualized physical machine) and virtual machines, including VMware, Xen, VirtualBox, and KVM. This image can also run live in non-persistent demo mode
  • From the Desktop to the data center: deploys on both physical and virtual machines and in cloud computing infrastructure
  • Based on TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library
  • Administrators gain an easy method of setting up a dedicated OpenERP server
  • OpenERP branches included: openerp-server, openerp-web, openerp-client, addons, extra-addons.
  • Apply latest OpenERP bug fixes available on Launchpad.net repository via openerp-update script in ‘openerp’ linux account.
  • Its web based tools make it perfect for cloud computing and hosting services
  • Desktop appliances offer a GUI Desktop to developers, testers and newbies
  • Server appliances lack of GUI Desktop, being more suitable for cloud computing and hosting services
  • Open source means no license cost, no vendor lock-in and no forced upgrades, resulting in lower costs and higher return on investment

Web based Tools (screenshot)

  • OpenERP Web interface
  • Web Shell: a web-based ssh shell. It runs on any browser capable of JavaScript and AJAX. You can use it from any computer or iPhone/smartphone
  • Webmin: a web-based configuration tool for system administration. User accounts, Apache, DNS, software packages, backup, file sharing and much more can be configured remotely using a web browser
  • phpPgAdmin: a web-based administration tool for PostgreSQL
  • TLKBAM: TurnKey Linux Backup and Migration, a simple and powerful system-level backup (not yet available on postgresql appliances like this one. Postgresql support is in the works according to turnkeylinux.org FAQ)

Cloud Technologies, Cloud Providers and Hosting Providers

Physical Machines where openerp appliance has been deployed successfully

  • HP ProLiant MicroServer AMD Turion II N40L/2GB/250GB. Due to its lack of a DVD drive, this openerp appliance needs to be installed from USB, for which UNetbootin can be used.
  • etc.

Desktop virtualization tips and Howtos

  • Install in a physical machine if you’re not familiar with virtualization
  • Burn the ISO image to a DVD: The installation process will be much faster if the appliance is installed from a DVD
  • Documentation: Example of how to deploy this appliance on VirtualBox (also applies to VMware): Read “Third, install the generic ISO image (#2 alternative) (external link)
  • Deploy on the latest free of charge VMware player for windows (VMware Fusion on Mac OS X). VMware player default settings allow to reach the appliance from your windows browser, while virtualbox requires customization.
  • The desktop appliance runs LXDE, a light weight X11 window manager suitable for netbooks
  • VirtualBox and VMware Player can be installed on the same Windows system and run simultaneously.
  • Desktop Appliances on VirtualBox or VMware Player: Set up full screen resolution, clipboard (copy/paste) support, and shared folders between the Virtual Machine and the Windows Host. Dual Monitor configuration: one monitor with a full screen Virtual Machine (openerpappliance), and the other monitor (i.e. laptop’s monitor) with the Windows host.
  • VMware Player Settings:
    • How to reach the Virtual Machine from a windows host: Its default network configuration (NAT) will allow you to reach the virtual machine from your windows host.
    • How to reach the Virtual Machine from the LAN: Set up a Bridged network adapter. A DHCP server available in the LAN is required, like i.e. your wireless router.
    • Desktop Appliance: At least 700MB of VM memory required.
  • VirtualBox Settings:
    • How to reach the Virtual Machine from a windows host: VirtualBox requires a non default configuration. Set up two network adapters:
      • NAT adapter, required to reach Internet from inside the Virtual Machine. This is the default adapter.
      • Host-only adapter, required to reach the Virtual Machine from the windows host. It has to be added manually.
    • How to reach the Virtual Machine from the LAN: Set up a Bridged network adapter. A DHCP server available in the LAN is required, like i.e. your wireless router.
    • Desktop Appliance: At least 700MB of VM memory required. Select 128MB of display memory.
  • KVM on Linux hosts Settings:
    • Desktop Appliance and virt-manager: Set up “vga 9MB” as default video adaptor before starting the KVM virtual machine. This fixes major display issues.

The author

Iñaki Fernández, 35, is a Senior IT professional with 11 years of experience in Public and Telecommunications sectors as Systems/Automation Engineer but recently starting a career as Data Migration/Integration Engineer. He holds a Honours of Bachelor Computer Science degree from the University of the Basque Country (2000) in Donostia – San Sebastian, Spain. His career began in Network365, Ireland, during the years 2001 and 2002. Iñaki returned to Spain in 2002 after the dot-com bubble burst, and became contractor for final customers like Osakidetza; Sun Microsystems; Telefonica Solutions; Spanish Patent and Trademark Office; Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Linea Directa Aseguradora; Yell; Ericsson R&D; RedSys. He grew up in Llodio (Alava, 20km south of Bilbao), and lives permanently in Madrid since late 2003.

Inaki Fernandez
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Madrid, Spain
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