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Old 27th December 2008, 20:08
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Default ISPConfig3 support for external mail (Google Apps) and nginx as alternative webserver

Hi all,

Recently I was forced to migrate from dedicated to VPS.

Maybe I am too optimistic, but after small battle with low resources I've came with 3 decisions:

1) ISPConfig3 will be the CP (mydns support and single language code were main reasons).

2) Google Apps will replace mail subsystem (Saves tens of MB and solves spam headache). Therefore whole mail/spam supporting code must be disabled and replaced with simple DNS settings.

3) Nginx will be used instead of Apache.

Now, since I am pretty new to ISPConfig and a lot of work expected, it will be really nice to hear your ideas and if I'll have some luck even receive some code drafts from you ;-)

BTW: If some is interested I've built updated Ubuntu source for MyDNS 1.2.8.15.

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2) There has no code to be changed. Just installl ispconfig 3 and then go to system > users and uncheck the checkbox for mail for the admin user.

3) Nginx is not supported, but you can write plugin for it which simply replaces the apache plugin. Just take a look at the apache plugin in /usr/local/ispconfig3/server/plugins-available/ and write a new plugin for nginx.
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Old 27th December 2008, 23:58
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Thanks for the tip.

I am currently trying to understand relation between object/modules.
Are they all totally independent when items created?

For ex. when I add add site, does ISPC creates also DNS records for it?

Is ISPC will be affected by disabling all mail related services? Is it going to restart them at some point ad fail, lets say on DNS changes?
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Are they all totally independent when items created?
yes.

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For ex. when I add add site, does ISPC creates also DNS records for it?
no.

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Is ISPC will be affected by disabling all mail related services? Is it going to restart them at some point ad fail, lets say on DNS changes?
No. ISPConfig is a multi server control panel, ist is built so that services are independant and dont have to be installed on the same server or be installed at all.
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Old 28th December 2008, 00:28
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Thanks for information.
After install script inspection, I've also noticed same level of modules separation on install stage, very smart!

Are there any plans for more "user-friendly" modules? Maybe some work already done in this area?

And are myDNS System->Server Config->Nameservers used as upstream DNS?

Automated DNS zone, as an option, on site creation would be really nice.
In addition two NS (ns1,ns2) records by default is good choice also.

BTW: 3rd version looks very nice and solid, nice work.
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The modules are laready very user friendly. They are separated as this is nescessary and this will not be changed. Otherwise you would not be able to run ispconfig without mail system

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Automated DNS zone, as an option, on site creation would be really nice.
We will add some more wizards later.

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In addition two NS (ns1,ns2) records by default is good choice also.
Thats already included. Take a look at the dns wizard.
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