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Old 7th February 2006, 13:35
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Originally Posted by cpcpy
1) if i intend manage a few (<10) sites using ispconfig, do i need 1 IP address for each site? or the sites can share the same IP address?
You can have as many sites as you like sharing one IP address, except if you want to host SSL web sites (https). Then you need one IP address per SSL web site.

Originally Posted by cpcpy
2) it seems like the server itself must have a fully qualified domain name, is it correct? if so, must i have a DNS record somewhere else that points to it before i can add new domains?
It is strongly recommended that the server has a FQDN pointing to it. And yes, this FQDN must have the appropriate DNS record.
It is possible, however, to set up ISPConfig with just an IP address, but it's not the optimal solution.

Originally Posted by cpcpy
3) how can i setup the server in my intranet environment to familiarise myself before i put it on the internet for public access? or is this not possible?
It is possible. When the ISPConfig installer asks you for the hostname and domain name, you leave the hostname empty and enter the IP address as domain. However, this is the not-so-optimal solution mentioned above...
If your server has an FQDN with a DNS record pointing to your router's public IP address, and your router forwards all needed ports (21, 22, 25, 53, 80, 81, 110, 443, ...) to your ISPConfig server, then you can use this FQDN during the installation.
You could also put the FQDN into /etc/hosts and use the FQDN during installation. On your Windows clients you must then also change the hosts file:
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