The Movable Type Jumpbox is a great solution for many people who want to get started quickly using Movable Type or who don't have time to build a system themselves. For tweakers like myself however, this is not sufficient. I need more control over how my system is setup, and I prefer to do it against a documented set of best practices. More importantly however, a JumpBox does not provide any instruction or guidance on how to maintain Movable Type once it has been installed.
So I have begun stubbing out an operations manual and run book for Movable Type that I can share with my clients and the community. My hope is that collaboratively we can build a comprehensive guide to running, supporting and operating Movable Type.
So I am offering forth the beginnings of just such a manual. This version includes detailed instructions on installing Movable Type on a vanilla CentOS 5.2 system. In time I hope we can add more chapters on operating run-periodic-tasks, creating RPMs, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery.
What chapters would you like to see added?
Update 9/25/2009: Added a chapter about Movable Type System Architectures with recommendations about rsync vs. NFS.