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Unix/Linux Installation

Jenkins has native integrations with the following OSes. See respective sections for how to make Jenkins run in the background automatically:

Alternatively, if you have a servlet container that supports Servlet 2.4/JSP 2.0, such as Glassfish v2, Tomcat 5 (or any later versions), then you can run them as services, and deploy jenkins.war as you would any other war file. Container specific documentation is available if you choose this route.
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Windows Installation

If you're running on Windows you might want to run Jenkins as a service so it starts up automatically without requiring a user to log in. The easiest way is follow Installing Jenkins as a Windows service. Alternatively, you can install a servlet container like GlassFish and Tomcat, which can run as a service by itself, and then deploy Jenkins to it.

Since Jenkins was written to work on unix-like platforms, some parts assume the presence of unix-utilities. It is advised to install these as well on Windows. Install UnxUtils (this includes a shell that seems to work with forward and backwards slashes and does globbing correctly), put it in the Windows PATH, and copy sh.exe to C:\bin\sh.exe (or whichever drive you use) to make shebang lines work. This should get you going.

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Case Studies

Also, see how other people are deploying Jenkins/Hudson to get some idea of how to make it fit your environment.

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