Ray, if this is for a production system, you dont wan to use the "complete package". I am guessing that you are installing on Windows because you tried to use the complete package.
I feel that its easier to install it using the normal install package and installing the components separate. If this computer will be used only for Moodle, you will find it allot easer to set up Moodle on Linux instead of Windows. If you use a distribution such as SUSE or Redhat, you can just install all of the required packages with the operating system installation.
- start apache,
- start MySql,
- Set a MySql root password,
- create a Moodle database,
- download Moodle 1.7+ install package
- Copy it to the root directory that Apache uses (eg. SUSE uses: /srv/www to store its http and ftp data
- Create a moodledata folder in the /srv/www directory
- set permissions to both the Moodle direcotry and the moodledata directory
- go to a web browser and enter your IP or IP/moodle depending if you put the moodle folder at the root of your website.
If you use linux, its that simple, and if you use a distribution like SUSE, the GUI interface is very much like Windows and you can copy/paste, right click for menus, and all kids of stuff it you have problems using console for everything.
For administration of you server
, try http://webmin.com
for a very nice web access administration interface. I dont use if for everything, but it makes for a nice quick interface for some tasks.
Moodle is really one of the easier CMS websites to setup, its just that it just requires certain applications to be installed correctly first, and have security set before it will install. Believe me, if you try a test run on Linux, you should have it working in no time.