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iceScrum installation on SLES

Today I received a demand from our programmers to install a tool called iceScrum.
I thought it would be a good idea to blog how I set it up.

A little quote to point out what iceScrum just is.

IceScrum is an agile management tool created by french students. IceScrum is a WebApplication that runs under a Tomcat server using a MYSql Database with GPL License. The tool is focused on Scrum only and brings basic functionalities to manage Scrum teams but with an original user interface.

You can find more information on there website http://www.icescrum.org/en/

Don’t ask me any details on what the program can do because I only installed it :-S

Time to get our hands dirty and start installing

First of all I’m installing it on a vmware virtual environement with following specs

  • 1 vCPU
  • 1,5 GB Ram
  • Hardisk – 25GB
  • Network to your operational lan

The OS will be a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 64-bit (SLES)
I will not go into the basics of installing a SLES (as usual 🙂 ).

1 Installing pre-required Software

W’ll be needing tomcat5, java, mysql, apache (more for me then for the app you’ll see later) and php5

Because SLES has a beautiful GUI let’s use it for once
Open the Software Manager

Search for java and add the following packages:
– jakarta-commons-collections-tomcat5
– jakarta-commons-daemon
– jakarta-commons-dbcp-tomcat5
– jakarta-commons-logging
– jakarta-commons-pool-tomcat5
– java-1_6_0-ibm
– java-1_6_0-ibm-fonts
– jpackage-utils
Search for tomcat and add the following packages:
– tomcat6
– tomcat6-acmin-webapps
– tomcat6-jsp-2_1-api
– tomcat6-lib
– tomcat6-servlet-2_5-api
Search for mysql and add the following packages:
– libmysqlclient_r15-32bit
– libqt4-sql-mysql
– libqt4-sql-mysql-32bit
– mysql
– mysql-client
– php5-mysql
Search for apache and add the following packages:
– apache2-prefork
– apache2-utils
– libapr-util
– libapr1
– libtcnative-1-0
Search for tomcat and add the following packages:
– Apache2-mod_php5
– php5
– php5-ctype
– php5-dom
– php5-hash
– php5-iconv
– php5-json
– php5-mcrypt
– php5-pdo
– php5-suhosin
– php5-tokenizer
– php5-xmlreader
– php5-xmlwriter
– php5-zip

2 Configuring Software

Before installing iceScrum we will have to configure the pre-required software

2.1 Tomcat6 Configuration

Open the file /etc/tomcat6/tomcat-users.xml (add users for the sql webapp)


<role rolename="tomcat"/>
<role rolename="role1"/>
<user username="tomcat" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat"/>
<user username="both" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat,role1"/>
<user username="role1" password="tomcat" roles="role1"/>


<role rolename="tomcat"/>
<role rolename="role1"/>
<user username="tomcat" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat"/>
<user username="both" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat,role1"/>
<user username="role1" password="tomcat" roles="role1"/>
–><role rolename="manager"/>
<user username="admin" password="icescrum" roles="manager"/>

Open the file /usr/bin/dtomcat6 (configure tomcat to start java with more reserved memory, icescrum will run faster)


# Get the tomcat config (use this for environment specific settings)
# Don’t read a conf file again – bnc#446598
#if [ -z "${TOMCAT_CFG}" ]; then
# TOMCAT_CFG="/etc/tomcat6/tomcat6.conf"


JAVA_OPTS="-X:MaxPermSize=1024m -Xmx1024m"
# Get the tomcat config (use this for environment specific settings)
# Don’t read a conf file again – bnc#446598
#if [ -z "${TOMCAT_CFG}" ]; then
# TOMCAT_CFG="/etc/tomcat6/tomcat6.conf"

Start Tomcat6

/etc/init.d/tomcat6 start

To check that tomcat is running open a browser to http://<hostname>:8080/manager/html

login with the credentials you entered in the configuration file


You will see a management page with the status of all tomcat applications.

2.2 MySQL Configuration

Start configuration by entering the following command in the console

mysql_install_db –user=mysql

Start Mysql

/etc/init.d/mysql start

Make Mysql more secure


Follow the instruction on the screen

In order to log into MySQL to secure it, we’ll need the current
password for the root user. If you’ve just installed MySQL, and
you haven’t set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.
Enter current password for root (enter for none):
OK, successfully used password, moving on…
Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MySQL
root user without the proper authorisation.
You already have a root password set, so you can safely answer ‘n’.Change the root password? [Y/n] y
New password:
Re-enter new password:
Password updated successfully!Reloading privilege tables..
… Success!
By default, a MySQL installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MySQL without having to have a user account created for
them. This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother. You should remove them before moving into a
production environment.Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y… Success!
Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from ‘localhost’. This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y… Success!By default, MySQL comes with a database named ‘test’ that anyone can
access. This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y- Dropping test database…
… Success!- Removing privileges on test database…
… Success!Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y… Success!Cleaning up…All done! If you’ve completed all of the above steps, your MySQL
installation should now be secure.Thanks for using MySQL!

2.3 Install phpmyadmin

phpmyadmin is not a pre-required software for iceScrum but I like to use it to manage the mysql database.

Download the latest phpmyadmin package from http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php
Extract the package to /srv/www/htdocs/
Rename the folder phpmyadmin-<version> to phpmyadmin
Create a folder named config in the phpmyadmin folder and add full rights for everyone

mkdir /srv/www/htdocs/phpmyadmin/configchmod 777 /srv/www/htdocs/phpmyadmin/config

Start Apache2

/etc/init.d/apache2 start

Open a browser to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/setup or
http://<servername or server-ip>/phpmyadmin/setup


Click the New server button
Enter the following data and click save

Verbose name of this server: Icescrum
Use SSL: yes
User for config auth: root
Password for config auth: icescrum123


Remove the folder setup

rm /srv/www/htdocs/phpmyadmin/setup

3 Create the icescrum database

Open a browser to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ or http://<servername or server-ip>/phpmyadmin/

Login: root
Password: icescrum123
Create the database icescrum image
Click Create
Click On privileges
Click on Add a new user
User name: icescrum
Password: icescrum123

Select: Grant all privileges on database “icescrum”

Click Go

4 Install iceScrum

Download the latest war package from http://www.icescrum.org

Unzip the war file to /srv/tomcat6/webapps/

Open the file /srv/tomcat6/webapps/icescrum/WEB-INF/classes/config.properties


#Data Source


#Data Source

Remove the file /srv/tomcat6/webapps/icescrum/WEB-INF/lib/serverlet-<version>

rm /srv/tomcat6/webapps/icescrum/WEB-INF/lib/serverlet-<version>

Change permissions on the folder /usr/share/tomcat6

Chmod 777 /usr/share/tomcat6

Restart tomcat6

/etc/init.d/tomcat6 restart

Open a browser to http://localhost:8080/icescrum/ or
http://<servername or server-ip>:8080/icescrum/

On the initial page you will not see much just the toolbar.
Here you can click connect.

A login box will appear here you can use the standard Administrator login

Standard Administrator login:
Username: admin
Password: adminadmin!

When you are logged in you can start creating teams and projects.

5 Extra

To make my life a bit easier in managing the server I made the following modifications

5.1 Add an admin webpage with all the admin urls

Create a file in /srv/www/htdocs named admin.html

touch /srv/www/htdocs/admin.html

Open the file /srv/www/htdocs/admin.html

<h1><b><u>Admin Page</u></b></h1><br>
<a href="http://<hostname>:8080/icescrum">Icescrum Application</a><br>
<a href="http://<hostname>/phpmyadmin">Icescrum phpmyadmin</a><br>
<a href="http://<hostname>:8080/manager/html">Icescrum Tomcat manager</a><br>
<a href="http://<hostname>:5801/">Icescrum VNC Remote Desktop</a><br>

Do not forget to change <hostname> with you’re hostname or ip.

You can now open a browser and go to http://localhost/admin.html or
http://<servername or server-ip>/admin.html

5.2 Configure a redirect on standard website

Create a file in /srv/www/htdocs named index.php

touch /srv/www/htdocs/index.php

Open the file /srv/www/htdocs/index.php

Redirecting to the proper site …<?php header(‘Location: http://<hostname>:8080/icescrum’); /* Stuur de browser naar www.site.be */?>

Do not forget to change <hostname> with you’re hostname or ip.

5.3 Configure services to start on boot

Open Yast and open system services (runlevel)
Go to the Expert mode
Add Apache2, MySql and tomcat6 to runlevel 3 and 5


  1. steve

    In your Datasource snippet, you have “strong” tags around icescrum, assuming those don’t actually go in the syntax and were intended for your blog right?

    • DreamOn

      Indeed doesn’t belong there thx wordpress :-s
      Thanks for noticing

      • steve


        at what point in the instructions did you actually deploy the app to tomcat?

        • DreamOn

          At point 4 install icescrm -> Unzip the war file to /srv/tomcat6/webapps/
          I didn’t use the TomCat web application manager because the deployment kept crashing for some reason

  2. tphuc

    i had error “HTTP Status 404 – ” when open http://localhost:8080/icescrum/
    why ?

    • DreamOn

      Sorry for the late reply (It has been busy …)
      Difficult to say, without extra info.
      HTTP Status 404 is a Not Found error message
      Is the icescrum webapp enabled on you’re tomcat

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