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I have a new test installation running SolarWinds WebHelpDesk as a virtual machine under VMware ESXi 5.1. I found this download on the SolarWinds site as "WHD-vSphere-12.0.1.25"

The installation allows one to choose between a built-in PostGre SQL database, or to use an external MySql database. I want to use the latter.

I have this database set up and hosted online at 1and1. When I try to connect to is from my WebHelpDesk, I get this error. "Unable to connect to database."

The solution, as you will read in the link above, is to install a MySQL JDBC Driver. If this were Windows or OSX, I'd be fine. But this virtual machine is running CentOS. I have access to the BASH command line, but the last time I used BASH was in college. So....

Who can help me install this driver via bash command line?
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You may find this reference at Thwack of help.
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You can download the binary on the following url:

http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/j/5.0.html

After that you can extract and copy to the webhelpdesk directory -

tar zxvf mysql-connector-java-5.0.8.tar.gz
cp -Rv <mysql-connector-java-5.0.8> /usr/local/webhelpdesk/bin/jre/lib/ext

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by:Netbeam
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Thank you so much! It looks like we're on the right track here. I have a problem, though. I can download the binary on my windows machine, but then how do I get it over to the CentOS machine? Or can I download it on the CentOS machine via command line?

For future reference, the full URL of today's download is:
http://dev.mysql.com/get/Downloads/Connector-J/mysql-connector-java-5.0.8.tar.gz
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by:Netbeam
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Inside the gZip, inside the Tar, inside a few folders, I find a file called "mysql-connector-java-5.0.8-bin.jar"  This is the only bin.jar in the archive.

I'm assuming this is the only file I'd need to copy? There are other files you can see for yourself in the archive but it looks like the majority (10/12MB) of the archive is source file, which I won't be using hopefully - or will I need to copy the entire archive to the CentOS machine?
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by:Mazdajai
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You can download it inside Centos with 'wget' -

wget http://dev.mysql.com/get/Downloads/Connector-J/mysql-connector-java-5.0.8.tar.gz
tar zxvf mysql-connector-java-5.0.8.tar.gz 
cd mysql-connector-java-5.0.8
cp mysql-connector-java-5.0.8-bin.jar /usr/local/webhelpdesk/bin/jre/lib/ext

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Afterward, use the cp command to copy the jar file only (The others are ReadMe, legal documents and generally necessary)  to SolarWinds specified directory and restart Web Help Desk.
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Excellent! Getting there! I've successfully downloaded and un-archived the jar file. It now sits in the root directory and my command prompt says:
[admin@localhost ~]$

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I can ls or dir and I can see my download. But I think ~ must be the temp file? There was no files or structure there.

I ran "cd /" and found the file structure I was looking for. I navigated to the directory /usr/local/webhelpdesk/bin/jre/lib/ext/ and tried the wget command again.

Now, it says "cannot write to mysql-connector-java-5.0.8-bin.jar, permission denied."

Do I need to elevate my command prompt or something?
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by:Mazdajai
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Yes you would need to change to root. Try and enter the root password -  

su - 

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