Our department has recently hired hosting space at the University and we have a virtual machine using CenTOs 6.3.
I am installing a brand new Moodle site 2.5 stable to set up a sort of performance baseline.
There are specific firewall restrictions at the University, so I have had problems installing some repositories in the virtual machine in the past.
I am installing the Moodle site following the instructions in Moodle.org (that is what I meant with 'by the book'):
I have two problems following the instructions:
1) I cannot install zend-server because I get a network error connection (I guess it may be firewall restrictions).
As far as I understand, zend-server is php-web based software to enhance the performance, but it not an strict requirement (as a matter of fact, I have seem 'unofficial' Moodle technical blogs in which the authors don't use Zend server).
Can you please confirm that it is OK not to install Zend-server?
2) I cannot finish the installation by running http://localhost/moodle,
because I don't have a remote access desktop software (I use Putty and WinSCP). I have requested IT to have a VN client in my laptop computer and they are installing desktop facilities and a VNC server in the VM, but I don't know when this will be completed and I am behind schedule.
Will the performance be affected if I create the config.php manually?
To enable the option of 'Unix socket' on, in addition to
'dbsocket' => true,
Do I need to do something else?
Thank you very much for your advice.