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How to install the ZenTao project management tool

How to install the ZenTao project management tool

The ZenTao project management tool might be very suitable for your organization. Jack Wallen guides you through the installation process.

If you want to integrate project management tools into your data center, you might look at all possible options and are elements that must be taken its path. Do you choose a proprietary route or an open source route? Did you choose an expensive solution or free option? What features do you need? Server? Client? Pack?

There are so many choices.

One such option is ZenTao, which is considered a complete lifecycle management tool. This open source system offers management for people like:

  • Product
  • Project
  • Q&A
  • Docs
  • Work
  • Organization
  • Report

At present, ZenTao serves more than 30,000 teams, 200,000 projects and 800,000 developers, so this project is widely used and respected.

I want to guide you through the process of installing ZenTao. I will show you on Ubuntu Server 18.04, but the software can also be installed on Windows.

What do you need

  • Example of running Ubuntu Server 18.04
  • A user with sudo privileges

How to download and uninstall ZenTao

If you are going to run ZenTao on a headless server, you must download the .tar.gz file to a computer with a desktop environment and then copy the file to the server with scp. To download a file, open the download page and make sure to download the one-click install file for Linux for 64-bit architecture.

Save the file to your ~ / Downloads directory. After the download is complete, copy it to the server with the command:

scp ~/Downloads/ZenTaoALM.X.int.zbox_64.tar.gz USER@SERVER_IP:/home/USER

Where:

  • X is the ZenTao release number
  • User is a remote username
  • SERVER_IP is the remote server’s IP address

With the file copied, SSH to the server and then extract it to the / opt directory with the command:

sudo tar xvzf ZenTaoALM*.tar.gz -C /opt/

How to run ZenTao

With ZenTao dismantled, you can now run it. However, before you start the service, you might need to use this tool on a non-default port. Out of the box, ZenTao uses port 80. If you need to choose another port, you can set it with the command:

sudo /opt/zbox/zbox -ap PORT

Where PORT is the Apache port number that will be used.

You can also change the default MySQL port with the command:

sudo /opt/zbox/zbox -mp PORT

Where PORT is the MySQL port number that will be used.

Finally, to start ZenTao, give the command:

sudo /opt/zbox/zbox start

The above command will start Apache and MySQL.

How to enter ZenTao

After the service starts, open a web browser on your LAN and navigate to http: // SERVER_IP (where SERVER_IP is the IP address of the ZenTao hosting server).

You will be greeted by a welcome window where you can choose which version of ZenTao to use (Figure A).

Figure A

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Choose the ZenTao version for your organization.

You might start with the open source version of ZenTao. If the project suits your needs, you can upgrade to the Pro version.

In the resulting window, type the default login credentials (admin / 123456) (Figure B).

Figure B

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ZenTao login window.

After successful authentication, you will be asked to create a new admin password (Figure C).

Figure C.

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Create a new admin password for ZenTao.

Type the default password, create a new password, and click Save. You will then be asked to choose the type of management you will use for ZenTao, as well as whether you want to use hours or story points for estimation (Figure D).

Figure D

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What do you use ZenTao for?

Make your choice and click Save. You will then find yourself in the ZenTao main window, where you can start organizing tools for projects, products and more (Figure E).

Figure E

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ZenTao is ready to meet your project management needs.

How to activate ZenTao on reboot

One warning for ZenTao is not to give you the option to start the service at boot. Because we use Linux, it’s not a problem, because we can switch to cron for the task.

To enable ZenTao to start at boot, create a new cron job with the command:

sudo crontab -e

At the bottom of the crontab file, add the following:

@reboot /opt/zbox/zbox start

Save and close the file.

Now, when / if your server is rebooted, ZenTao will start and be available when the boot process is complete.

And that’s all there is to getting a powerful, open source project management tool up and running. Try ZenTao and see if ZenTao doesn’t meet and exceed your life cycle management needs.

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