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Install curl 7.24 on CentOS 6.2

– Make sure to check PHP-FPM post.

– install from source

yum remove curl curl-devel

wget http://curl.haxx.se/download/curl-7.24.0.tar.bz2
tar xfj curl-7.24.0.tar.bz2
cd curl-7.24.0
./configure --prefix=/usr
make
make install
#check version
curl -V

– To install with support

./configure --with-curl=/usr --with-curlwrappers

Install MySQL 5.5.27 64-bit RPM on CentOS 6.2 x86_64

Check Installing CentOS 6.2 on VMware, Install PHP 5.3.10 with PHP-FPM on CentOS 6.2 64-bit, Install Nginx 1.0.12 for PHP-FPM on CentOS 6.2 and install memcached 1.4.13 on CentOS 6.2 posts.

– Remove old version

yum remove mysql mysql-devel mysql-server mysql-libs

– Download the needed packages from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/#downloads
Download URL varies depending on download mirror

mkdir mysql
cd mysql
#MySQL-client-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
wget http://cdn.mysql.com/Downloads/MySQL-5.5/MySQL-client-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
#MySQL-shared-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
wget http://cdn.mysql.com/Downloads/MySQL-5.5/MySQL-shared-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
#MySQL-devel-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
wget http://cdn.mysql.com/Downloads/MySQL-5.5/MySQL-devel-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
#MySQL-server-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
wget http://cdn.mysql.com/Downloads/MySQL-5.5/MySQL-server-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
#MySQL-shared-compat-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
wget http://cdn.mysql.com/Downloads/MySQL-5.5/MySQL-shared-compat-5.5.27-1.el6.x86_64.rpm

#install
rpm -Uvh *
#create log dir
mkdir /var/log/mysql
chmod 777 /var/log/mysql

#start MySQL
/etc/init.d/mysql start
#add root password
/usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'new-password'
/usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root -h centos6.vmware.local password 'new-password'

– configure mysql more info

vi /etc/my.cnf

Configuring vsFTPd on CentOS with different port

Check Installing CentOS 6.2 on VMware post.

– make sure SELINUX is disabled and iptables is configured for FTP

– add ftp user

adduser ftpuser -g ftp -s /sbin/nologin -d /server
#set password
passwd ftpuser

– configuration, more info

synchronize clock on CentOS server

Check Installing CentOS 6.2 on VMware post.

chkconfig --levels 235 ntpd on
/etc/init.d/ntpd restart
ntpdate 0.pool.ntp.org

– using dateconfig

yum groupinstall 'X Window System'
dateconfig

disable root login

Check Installing CentOS 6.2 on VMware post.

This should make the server more secure, review creating admin users post

– this will disable logging in ssh as root

vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config 
#add
PermitRootLogin no
#restart ssh
/etc/init.d/sshd restart