Hi Everyone,

The purpose of this post is to help you connect your windows machine to your Ubuntu Linux iDempiere or ADempiere Open Source ERP server. Putty is a free and open source way to connect via ssh to the command line of your remote Linux server.

Using Putty to Connect to AWS Ubuntu Linux from Windows

    1. Create an AWS key pair (tutorial). This will act as your password when using putty.
    2. Install putty – use the windows putty installer to install all putty tools. (fyi – putty downloads page).
    3. Convert your AWS keypair (pem) it into something Putty can use (ppk) using this tutorial.
    4. Create and save your putty session for your server. The end of the above video shows you where to put your new key.
    5. Use the tutorials here to configure your iDempiere Open Source ERP server.

Configure Your Firewall (AWS Security Group)

If you are getting a “Network Error: Timed Out” message, you probably have not set up your AWS security group. Here are the steps to tell AWS that you IP is trusted:

    1. Ask google “What is my IP”. Copy the answer.
    2. Tell AWS that your IP is trusted (tutorial). Here are the steps:
      1. Create a New Rule: All TCP
      2. IP: set your IP from Google with a /32 at the end. For example
      3. Click on Add Rule, then click on Apply Rule Changes.

AWS for Mac

Just in case you are interested, here is an article to help you connect from a Mac.

Open Source ERP Installation Script

If you are new to linux and you are looking for an easy way to install iDempiere, Open Source ERP, on Linux. This script is your best option. You simply

  1. Copy the command found here.
  2. Connect to your fresh Ubuntu Linux machine (see details above).
  3. Paste the command (update the password first).
  4. Wait about nine minutes.
  5. Connect to your server www.your-url.com:8080/webui
I hope this helps!

What is the best way to Learn iDempiere and ADempiere?

I teach an on-line class that covers how to learn, configure and audit open source ERP. It uses iDempiere as the reference ERP.  Here are more details. I have learned much over the last ten years, and I have much to share. I look forward to seeing you there!!

Why consider Open Source ERP

Open source ERP gives you every opportunity to prove or disprove its ability to support your company’s ERP needs on a timeline that satisfies your organizational needs. With open source ERP, you do not face the same financial constraints nor do you face the same conflicts of interest as with commercial ERP. Instead, you invest in the appropriate skills and knowledge for your people and processes. Best of all – if open source ERP cannot solve your company’s needs, you can safely justify spending the additional $2K to $5K per person per year for life of your commercial ERP to help drive your organization’s success.

ADempiere vs iDempiere vs Openbravo vs Compiere

The ADempiere, iDempiere, Openbravo and Compiere environments are amazingly similar. iDempiere came from ADempiere. ADempiere and Openbravo came from Compiere. Compiere came from Jorg Janke. Jorg came from Oracle. As a result, iDempiere and ADempiere have much in common with Oracle’s ERP in terms of the financial feature set.

This is both good and bad. Good because iDempiere and ADempiere are quite capable to help a company grow beyond $500M USD. Bad because they tend to be more complex in that they account for multiple languages, accounting schemas, currencies, calendars, costing types, costing methods, etc…. If you are a growing organization, and you need a system that will grow with you, and you have the right internal talent/resources, iDempiere or ADempiere will be a big asset for you.

The biggest difference between these products is that ADempiere and iDempiere are pure open source. ADempiere and iDempiere make all feature available for free. Compiere and Openbravo hold back features behind a commercial or paid license.

iDempiere and ADempiere vs OpenERP

iDempiere/ADempiere (iD/AD) and OpenERP approach ERP from two very different directions. OpenERP comes out of the box with very simple options. If you are coming from QuickBooks, and you need a simple ERP system help you manage your business, OpenERP will look and feel comfortable.

iD/AD comes out of the box with every feature installed and configured to run a $200M+ USD business. If your business is growing rapidly, and you are willing to invest the time to learn an enterprise accounting system, then iD/AD will give you confidence.

Which one is best for you depends on your internal talent, growth and business complexity. Here is a post to help you learn more.

About Chuck Boecking: I am an ERP educator. I believe that open source ERP have achieved mainstream capabilities, and as a result, more companies can create greater efficiency across their organization. I started using the iDempiere code base in 2003. Back then, it was called Compiere. In 2006, I started my first multi-million dollar installation. Since then, ADempiere has helped me create great success with distribution and manufacturing companies all over the world. My vision of success is to find companies that can best use open source ERP to help them achieve a single, global instance that drives a discontinuous increase in profitability. I believe that organizations win when they own their technology.

If you have questions, comments or concerns, let me know. I definitely want your feedback.

You can contact me by phone using 512.850.6068.

My email is chuck@chuboe.com.

You can complete the form on this page.

Thank you for taking the time. I look forward to speaking with you.

Chuck Boecking



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