PA OXaaS APSv2 Deployment Guide

Deployment Guide for the OX as a Service APSv2 package into Odin Service Automation

This APS 2.0 package is only for the Open-Xchange own OXaaS platform or similar respective compatible deployments or copies of this platform. The package is designed for syndication and on-premise customers with Odin Service Automation 6.0.4 and higher.

This guide describes the integration for the OX as a Service APSv2 package into Odin Service Automation. This guide is intended for providers that use Odin Service Automation and want to sell Open-Xchange services to customers.

Terms and Abbreviations

Below is the list of concepts and abbreviations you will find in this page.

Abbreviation Definition
API Application Programming Interface
APS Application Packaging Standard, an open standard that was designed to simplify the delivery of SaaS applications in the cloud-computing industry.
HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol
OSA Odin Service Automation (former Parallels Automation), which includes both POA and PBA
PBA Parallels Business Automation.
POA Parallels Operations Automation.
SaaS Software as a Service.
SSO Single Sign-On.
URI Uniform Resource Identifier
URL Uniform Resource Locator
VM Virtual Machine
VPS Virtual Private Server


Below is the list of conventions you will find in this page.

Abbreviation Definition Package Open-Xchange is the name of the package and xx-xx is the placeholder for a specific version of the APS
Foldername Name of the folder where a specific file is located. In this case, “open-xchange”
https://endpoint-ip-or-dns IP or URL of the environment

Business Model Overview

About Open-Xchange

The standard business model of Open-Xchange consists of two major components: a platform fee and a revenue share. With the platform fee the customer pays the basic access to the hosted service or the software and it usually includes a certain amount of basic packages that are ideally distributed to a wide audience of users by bundling them into other products.

Technical Overview

This section contains an outline of how the integration of Open-Xchange and PA is performed and the list of Open-Xchange features that are supported within the integration package.

Supported Architecture and Requirements

The Principle of OSA & APS 2

The usual way that users use Odin, in order to get OX App Suite, is as follows:

  1. Open-Xchange published an APS 2 package into the Odin catalogue/ecosystem.
  2. Odin customers, and service resellers, see the package and want to resell OX App Suite.
  3. The service resellers downloads the APS 2 package and installs it into their OSA system
  4. The OSA system will ask for the location of a running and compliant OX App Suite System (This can be OXaaS or a compliant in-house OX App Suite System)
  5. The reseller can then sell OX App Suite accounts.

Compliant OX App Suite System

There are two options to connect an OX App Suite system:

  1. Use the OXaaS service that is provided by Open-Xchange
  2. Use an on-premise installation that includes a complete OX App Suite system, a Dovecot mail system and all the related services.

Use the standard recommend components together with provided configurations for:

  • Apache
  • Mysql
  • Openldap (with a dedicated Open-Xchange schema)
  • HAproxy
  • Postfix
  • S3 compatible Objectstore (as a file/email backend)

Please refer to following high level architecture diagram and if you have any questions please contact

Odin Architecture.png


APS package

Download the APS package from the APS catalog:


Please contact Open-Xchange for further download and configuration information via

Integration Prerequisites

Before you start integrating Open-Xchange into OSA, learn about the necessary preparations for the process.

Prerequisites for the OSA Platform

The APS Package requires POA v6.0.4 or higher and OX App Suite 7.8.0 or higher.

PBA upsell APS must be enabled (to install it, follow this link:

Prerequisites for the Endpoint

Prerequisites Notification code server
Description Specific node with Apache and PHP used to install the system script.
  • Apache >= 2.2.15 with mod_ssl
  • PHP >= 5.3.3
  • aps_php_runtime >= 2.1-292

Preparing the Endpoint Host Server

Open-Xchange APS Package requires an application host server to be set up before it can be successfully imported and used in OSA. This endpoint server can be provisioned as a VPS or a VM in the same infrastructure as OSA systems. Please make sure you have OSA (POA + PBA) infrastructure set up properly before continuing. The Provider’s guide for setting up OSA can be found at

You can either choose the automated endpoint deployment by using the script file or use the manual installation process by continuing reading this chapter. For more information about automated endpoint deployment, please refer to for instructions on how to download and use the script

Please verify if the endpoint is compliant with the above-mentioned prerequisites.

These deployment instructions are based on the fresh installation of CentOS 6. All required packages are installed and managed by its yum package manager.

Before carrying out the steps described below, you must have:

  • Server path
  • Credentials: ID and password
  1. Install PHP interpreter via yum install PHP and Apache HTTP server via yum install httpd if your Linux distribution does not include them. Please check your installed version of PHP via:
    [root@endpoint ~]# php -version
    And ensure your Apache HTTP server is up and running:
    [root@endpoint ~]# service httpd status
    The answer should be:
    httpd (pid 5749) is running...
    The default document root directory for Apache HTTP Server is located at /var/www/html/.
  2. The application host server requires the APS PHP Runtime library. Check if you have installed the appropriate version by using the following command:
    [root@endpoint~]# rpm –qa | grep aps
    Otherwise, it can be downloaded from
    If you need to copy files from different servers, we recommend using an FTP client.
    If you have an older version installed, execute the command below:
    [root@endpoint~]# rpm -Uvh aps-php-runtime-{version}.noarch.rpm
    If you do not have PHP runtime installed on your server, do the following:
    [root@endpoint~]# rpm -ivh aps-php-runtime-{version}.noarch.rpm
    Where aps-php-runtime-{version}.noarch.rpm is the name of the PHP runtime library, and {version} is the version number you download from the above link. After the installation, the /usr/share/aps/php directory will be added to the system php.ini file automatically.
  3. Create a new folder under /root/
    [root@endpoint~]# mkdir /root/Open-Xchange-[x.x-x]
  4. Upload the APS package zip file on your application endpoint. This guide assumes you place it under /root/Open-Xchange-[x.x-x]/Open-Xchange-[x.x-x] If you need to copy files from different servers, we recommend using an FTP client.
  5. Move to folder /root/Open-Xchange-[x.x-x]
    [root@endpoint~]# cd /root/Open-Xchange-[x.x-x]
  6. Unzip the uploaded zip Open-Xchange-[x.x-x]
    [root@endpoint~]# unzip Open-Xchange-[x.x-x]
  7. Copy the “scripts” folder to the folder where Apache is set up as Virtual Host:
    [root@endpoint~]# cp -R /root/Open-Xchange -[x.x-x]/scripts/
  8. Access /var/www/html/open-xchange.
  9. Ensure that the end-point is correctly deployed.
    • Verify that the directory root exists and contains all project scripts.
    ll -aR /var/www/html/open-xchange
    • Verify that the .htaccess contains rewrite rules for all the application services
    cat /var/www/html/open-xchange/.htaccess
  10. The .htaccess file must be like:
    Options +FollowSymLinks +ExecCGI
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /openxchange
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico
    RewriteRule ^brand(|/.*)$ brand.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^domain(|/.*)$ domain.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^emailaddress(|/.*)$ emailaddress.php?q=$1
    RewriteRule ^globals(|/.*)$ globals.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^group(|/.*)$ group.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^profile(|/.*)$ profile.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^purchaserequest(|/.*)$ purchaserequest.php?q=$1
    RewriteRule ^resource(|/.*)$ resource.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^subdomain(|/.*)$ subdomain.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^shareddomain(|/.*)$ shareddomain.php?q=$1
    RewriteRule ^sharedsubdomain(|/.*)$ sharedsubdomain.php?q=$1
    RewriteRule ^tenant(|/.*)$ tenant.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^user(|/.*)$ user.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^cron(|/.*)$ cron.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^crontask(|/.*)$ crontask.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^api/createrequest(|/.*)?$
    api.php?call=createrequest [L,QSA]
    RewriteRule ^api/getupsellresources/([a-zA-Z0-9/@/.]+)?$
    api.php?call=getupsellresources&login=$1 [L,QSA]
  11. Set the user to Apache:
    chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/open-xchange
  12. Check that the end-point has been installed successfully by visiting the endpoint’s URL in your browser: #:https://endpoint-ip-or-dns/openxchange/globals.
    If you get the following error, the endpoint has been deployed successfully and the process finishes here.
    { "code": 500, "type": "Exception", "message": "APS-Instance-Id header not set." }
    If you get the following one, please see the instructions below.
    "code": 404,
    "type": "RuntimeException",
    "message": "Not Found: No appropriate method found for url…"
    Set the AllowOverride All option for the folder that will be the parent of application endpoints. It is usually var/www/html in Apache. For example, in the /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf file, find the <Directory “var/www/html”> section and edit the following line.
    AllowOverride All
  13. Restart the Apache service with the following command: service httpd restart.

Creating the crontab task in the Endpoint Host Server

This APS needs that a crontab task in order to execute periodical tasks. This steps has to be done in automatic and manual deployment.

  • Set the crontab in order to execute periodical tasks
  • Open the crontab
[root@endpoint~]# crontab -e
  • Set the crontab and save
*/30 * * * * cd /var/www/html/open-xchange; /usr/bin/php cronjob.php

Deploying the Open-Xchange APS Package

To deploy the Open-Xchange APS package on the provisioning host, you need to prepare the host and then import your Open-Xchange APS package in OSA. Find information about how to do it in this chapter.

Importing Open-Xchange Application

To import the Open-Xchange application to POA:

  1. Log in as a service provider administrator.
  2. In the POA Control Panel, navigate to Services>Applications.
  3. Click Import Package, in the APS Packages tab. Aps package import.jpg
  4. Upload the package zip file from your local workstation to the POA environment. Select local file and browse for the correct application file. In this case Open-Xchange-[x.x-x]
  5. Click on Submit to upload the file.
  6. Click the Refresh icon, in the upper right corner, to check that the package has been uploaded.
  7. The package will successfully uploaded once you see the icon next to the package name. Aps ox package available.jpg
  8. Click on Open-Xchange to create a new instance.
  9. Go to the Instances tab.
  10. Click Install.
  11. Type the Application API end-point URI: https://endpoint-ip-or-dns/open-xchange
  12. Click Finish, to confirm the creation of a new instance.