This meeting of the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group has been recorded and is available for viewing here:

http://adobe.breezecentral.com/p15449246/
The subject of this meeting was installing ColdFusion MX 7.01 server application on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, configuring it for the Apache webserver, and connecting to and using the MySQL 4.1 database. I tried to cover everything you need to know to get started while demonstrating the range of problems that some users encounter and then showing the solutions.

The topic list includes:

  • Installing ColdFusion MX 7.01 Server Configuration
  • Usage of Red Hat System V "boot scripts" with the service command.
  • Identifying and fixing CFMX problems due to missing X libraries
  • Identifying and fixing SELinux security context problems the right way. Security Enhanced Linux is now ACTIVE by default in Red Hat 4 and Fedora Core 4
  • Configuring Apache webserver and adding the CFMX connector module to the same SELinux security context as Apache.
  • MySQL 4.1 commandline usage to create databases and assign users in a secure manner
  • Configuration of JDBC driver for CFMX to connect to MySQL 4.1 (rather than 3.2x)
  • Demonstration of Linux user and group management for web application development


  • Installation of the CFEclipse plugin, a free and alternative IDE to develop ColdFusion applications while working on Linux or Mac OS X workstations, rather than using Homesite or Dreamweaver.

After watching the recording you'll be able to set this up for yourself at home all for free. Apache, MySQL, and Eclipse/CFEclipse are free products for home use, and rather than using Red Hat Enterprise Linux you can use its little brother Fedora Linux instead.



Also, ColdFusion MX has a FREE Developer Edition which has all the Enterprise features but is restricted to localhost and one other IP so you can't run a business on that edition but you can do all your development with it and move it to a licensed CFMX server later.

Finally, be sure to check out this additional resource, the ACME guide, from Stephen Collins. Its a fantastic quickstart guide to all this in PDF format. The guide covers installing and using Apache, ColdFusion, MySQL, and CFEclipse.

Related Links:

Recorded Meeting URL (availble for public viewing)
http://adobe.breezecentral.com/p15449246

Online ColdFusion Meetup Group
http://coldfusion.meetup.com/17/

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
http://www.redhat.com/

Fedora Core 4 Linux
http://fedora.redhat.com/

About SELinux
http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/selinux-faq-fc3/

CFEclipse
http://www.cfeclipse.org/

ACME Guide
http://www.stephencollins.org/acme/

ColdFusion MX Developer Edition
http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=coldfusion

MySQL
http://www.mysql.com/



About me: I'm a Senior ColdFusion Support Engineer for Macromedia, where I've has worked for over five years, and a Red Hat Linux Certified Technician.