How to Install i-doit Asset Management Tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

I-doit is an open-source asset management tool that can be used to manage the entire IT system. It is based on a complete open source configuration management and database that allows you to keep track of software and hardware assets and their relations. With i-doit, you can document entire IT systems and their changes, display vital information and ensure stable and efficient operation of IT networks.

It offers a wide range of features including, Asset Management, Infrastructure Planning, Ticket System, Cable Management, Inventory, SAN, IP Address Management, Cluster, Patch Management and many more.

In this tutorial, we will be going to explain how to install I-doit Asset Management System on Ubuntu 20.04.

Prerequisites

  • A server running Ubuntu 20.04 with minimum 2GB of RAM.
  • A valid domain name pointed with your server IP.
  • A root password is configured on the server.

Install LAMP Server

First, you will need to install the Apache web server, MariaDB database server, PHP and other required PHP extensions in your system. You can install all of them with the following command:

apt-get install apache2 mariadb-server libapache2-mod-php7.4 php7.4-bcmath php7.4-cli php7.4-common php7.4-curl php7.4-gd php7.4-json php7.4-ldap php7.4-mbstring php7.4-mysql php7.4-opcache php7.4-pgsql php7.4-soap php7.4-xml php7.4-zip php7.4-imagick php7.4-memcached unzip wget curl memcached moreutils -y

Once all the packages are installed, create a new php.ini file for I-doit with desired values:

nano /etc/php/7.4/mods-available/i-doit.ini

Add the following lines:

allow_url_fopen = Yes
file_uploads = On
magic_quotes_gpc = Off
max_execution_time = 300
max_file_uploads = 42
max_input_time = 60
max_input_vars = 10000
memory_limit = 256M
post_max_size = 128M
register_argc_argv = On
register_globals = Off
short_open_tag = On
upload_max_filesize = 128M
display_errors = Off
display_startup_errors = Off
error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_DEPRECATED & ~E_STRICT
log_errors = On
default_charset = "UTF-8"
default_socket_timeout = 60
date.timezone = Asia/Kolkata
session.gc_maxlifetime = 604800
session.cookie_lifetime = 0
mysqli.default_socket = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock

Save and close the file when you are finished. Then, apply the configuration and enable the memcached module with the following command:

phpenmod i-doit
phpenmod memcached

Next, restart the Apache service to apply the changes:

systemctl restart apache2

Configure MariaDB for Better Performance

Next, you will need to configure MariaDB server for better performance. You can do it by creating new configuration file:

nano /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/99-i-doit.cnf

Add the following lines:

[mysqld]
innodb_buffer_pool_size = 1G
innodb_buffer_pool_instances = 1
innodb_log_file_size = 512M
innodb_sort_buffer_size = 64M
sort_buffer_size = 262144 # default
join_buffer_size = 262144 # default
max_allowed_packet = 128M
max_heap_table_size = 32M
query_cache_min_res_unit = 4096
query_cache_type = 1
query_cache_limit = 5M
query_cache_size = 80M
tmp_table_size = 32M
max_connections = 200
innodb_file_per_table = 1
innodb_thread_concurrency = 0
innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit = 1
innodb_flush_method = O_DIRECT
innodb_lru_scan_depth = 2048
table_definition_cache = 1024
table_open_cache = 2048
innodb_stats_on_metadata = 0
sql-mode = ""

Save and close the file when you are finished. Then, log in to MariaDB shell with the following command:

mysql

Once login, change the MariaDB authentication plugin to mysql_native_password with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> SET GLOBAL innodb_fast_shutdown = 0;
MariaDB [(none)]> UPDATE mysql.user SET plugin = 'mysql_native_password' WHERE User = 'root';

Next, flush the privileges and exit from the MariaDB shell with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT;

Finally, restart the MariaDB service to apply the changes:

systemctl restart mariadb

Download I-doit

First, you will need to download the latest version of I-doit from the Sourceforge website. You can use wget command to download it:

wget https://excellmedia.dl.sourceforge.net/project/i-doit/i-doit/1.14/idoit-open-1.14.zip

Once downloaded, unzip the downloaded file to the Apache web root directory with the following command:

unzip idoit-open-1.14.2.zip -d /var/www/html/idoit

Next, change the ownership to the www-data user and set proper permissions with the following command:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/idoit/
chmod -R 775 /var/www/html/idoit/

Once you are finished, you can proceed to the next step.

Configure Apache Web Server

Next, create the Apache virtual host configuration file for I-doit.

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/idoit.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerAdmin [email protected]
        ServerName  idoit.linuxbuz.com
        DirectoryIndex index.php
        DocumentRoot /var/www/html/idoit
        <Directory /var/www/html/idoit>
                AllowOverride All
                Require all granted
        </Directory>
        LogLevel warn
        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
</VirtualHost>

Save and close the file when you are finished. Then, enable the virtual host and Apache rewrite module with the following command:

a2ensite idoit
a2enmod rewrite

Next, restart the Apache service to apply the changes:

systemctl restart apache2

Secure I-doit with Let's Encrypt SSL

In order to secure your I-doit website with Let's Encrypt SSL, you will need to install the Certbot client package in your server. You can install it with the following command:

apt-get install python3-certbot-apache -y

Once installed, run the following command to secure your website with Let's Encrypt SSL:

certbot --apache -d idoit.linuxbuz.com

You will need to provide your valid email address and accept the term of service as shown below:

Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
Plugins selected: Authenticator apache, Installer apache
Enter email address (used for urgent renewal and security notices) (Enter 'c' to
cancel): [email protected]

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Please read the Terms of Service at
https://letsencrypt.org/documents/LE-SA-v1.2-November-15-2017.pdf. You must
agree in order to register with the ACME server at
https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/directory
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(A)gree/(C)ancel: A

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Would you be willing to share your email address with the Electronic Frontier
Foundation, a founding partner of the Let's Encrypt project and the non-profit
organization that develops Certbot? We'd like to send you email about our work
encrypting the web, EFF news, campaigns, and ways to support digital freedom.
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(Y)es/(N)o: Y
Obtaining a new certificate
Performing the following challenges:
http-01 challenge for idoit.linuxbuz.com
Enabled Apache rewrite module
Waiting for verification...
Cleaning up challenges
Created an SSL vhost at /etc/apache2/sites-available/idoit-le-ssl.conf
Enabled Apache socache_shmcb module
Enabled Apache ssl module
Deploying Certificate to VirtualHost /etc/apache2/sites-available/idoit-le-ssl.conf
Enabling available site: /etc/apache2/sites-available/idoit-le-ssl.conf

Next, select whether or not to redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS as shown below:

Please choose whether or not to redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS, removing HTTP access.
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1: No redirect - Make no further changes to the webserver configuration.
2: Redirect - Make all requests redirect to secure HTTPS access. Choose this for
new sites, or if you're confident your site works on HTTPS. You can undo this
change by editing your web server's configuration.
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Select the appropriate number [1-2] then [enter] (press 'c' to cancel): 2

Type 2 and hit Enter to install the Let's Encrypt SSL for your website:

Enabled Apache rewrite module
Redirecting vhost in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/idoit.conf to ssl vhost in /etc/apache2/sites-available/idoit-le-ssl.conf

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Congratulations! You have successfully enabled https://idoit.linuxbuz.com

You should test your configuration at:
https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=idoit.linuxbuz.com
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IMPORTANT NOTES:
 - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at:
   /etc/letsencrypt/live/idoit.linuxbuz.com/fullchain.pem
   Your key file has been saved at:
   /etc/letsencrypt/live/idoit.linuxbuz.com/privkey.pem
   Your cert will expire on 2020-10-17. To obtain a new or tweaked
   version of this certificate in the future, simply run certbot again
   with the "certonly" option. To non-interactively renew *all* of
   your certificates, run "certbot renew"
 - Your account credentials have been saved in your Certbot
   configuration directory at /etc/letsencrypt. You should make a
   secure backup of this folder now. This configuration directory will
   also contain certificates and private keys obtained by Certbot so
   making regular backups of this folder is ideal.
 - If you like Certbot, please consider supporting our work by:

   Donating to ISRG / Let's Encrypt:   https://letsencrypt.org/donate
   Donating to EFF:                    https://eff.org/donate-le

Once you are finished, you can proceed to the next step.

Access I-doit Web Interface

Now, open your web browser and access the I-doit using the URL https://idoit.linuxbuz.com. You should see the system check screen:

System Check

Make sure all required packages are installed. Then, click on the Next button. You should see the directory configuration screen:

Directory Configuration

Provide your desired filemanager directory path and click on the Next button. You should see the database configuration screen:

Database configuration

Provide your desired database information and click on the Next button. You should see the admin user configuration screen:

Admin credentials

Provide your admin username, password and click on the Next button. You should see the configuration preview screen:

Final configuration check

Click on the Next button to start the installation. Once the installation has been finished, you should see the following screen:

Installation progress

Click on the Next button. You should see the I-doit login screen:

i-doit login

Provide your admin username, password and click on the Login button. You should see the I-doit dashboard in the following screen:

I-Doit Asset Management Tool

Conclusion

Congratulations! you have successfully installed I-doit Asset Management System on Ubuntu 20.04 with Let's Encrypt SSL. You can now manage your hardware and software assets through a web browser. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

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