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Default FC4 Setup DNS and ISPCONFIG issues

As you have gathered im am brand new to LINUX, and to ISPConfig but i love a challange and i have always wanted to have a secure working web server , butI think im just gonna give up LOL!

I have been converted to using the linux platform for a server by a friend, and to be honest i am a little bit lost in text entry, but it's a bit like my old MS-DOS V2.6 days!
i have be reading all the threads for about a week and i just can't grasp it, and i was wondering if anyone have the time, to help me to get this to work? Don't worry im not looking for a perminant system engineer, but if i can get it to a working state, i know whatever happens i can always get it back to that by follwing the guides and a bit of luck!!!. I have listeded my major points below,

Kind regards

Bill Lightstone

This is my setup

(1) Smoothwall V2 fix 8

Hostname: smoothwall (should i change this)?

Green DHCP -
Orange(DMZ) NIC:
Red ADSL though USB Speedtouch FIXED IP:

(2) Fedora core 4 and ISPConfig on P4 3Ghz on DMZ (ORANGE) at

IP: (eth0)
IP: (eth0:0)
Gateway set to : (as per smoothwall instructions)
Primary DNS : (My ISP's primary DNS)
Secondary DNS: (My ISP Secondary DNS)

(3) Ports forwarded from Smoothwall to are:

53 tcp & udp,
80 tcp
81 tcp
and all others listed in the ISPConfig firewall (any others please help)????????

(4) i have a domain registered called www.chelsev.com with www.1and1.co.uk ready and waiting for use for as you say in one of your threads "technical issues"!
(5) i have a fixed ip address with BT (my ISP) for example call it :
(6) i would like to know the following points if possible. im sure it would solve a lot of problems for a lot of other users as well as myself
and maybe these questions could be posted onto a "howtoforge" thread afterwards

I have no problems following the basic fedora core 4 HOWTO for ISPConfig (well i must do a bit)!, but there are a few things that you could clarify if possible please.

(Q1) when we set the hostname in the first page of the setup guide (your example): " server1.example.com " do i have to relate this to a NS address say: ns1.chelsev.com, or do i just put chelsev.com or does this name have no relivance to anything and is only relivant to local network?

(Q1a) do i have to register ns1.chelserv.com with the www.1and1.co.uk reg company or do i just enter it in to the "YOUR DNS SERVERS" boxes for www.chelsev.com with www.1and1.co.uk reg company?
(Q1b) when we setup fedora and enter up to three DNS servers, do i have to set one DNS server to my fixed ip address?

(Q2) Also when we set the hostname on page3 is it nessesary if we have done the above in (Q1) if it is,
Setting The Hostname

echo server1.example.com > /etc/hostname
/bin/hostname -F /etc/hostname

Should this read for me

echo ns1.chelsev.com > /etc/hostname
/bin/hostname -F /etc/hostname


echo chelsev.com > /etc/hostname
/bin/hostname -F /etc/hostname

(Q3) These 2 warnings come up, do i ignore them?

quotacheck: WARNING - Quotafile //aquota.user was probably truncated. Can't save quota settings...
quotacheck: WARNING - Quotafile //aquota.group was probably truncated. Can't save quota settings...

(Q4) When installing BIND i get the error

Updating : bind [3/8]warning: /etc/rndc.key created as /etc/rndc.key.rpmnew

Do i have to do anything with this new file before i go on follwing on with the DNS setup steps?

(Q5) openssl req -new -key smtpd.key -out smtpd.csr

When this is typed in i am asked lots of questions. Are any relivant to the install and working of ISPConfig I.E:Servers hostname should this be "WWW "or "ns1.chelsev.com"?

(Q6) when installing perl CPAN for the first time, it ask for PROXYS of FTP Etc Etc. Do i just put in the smoothwall gateway address of and are these proxy's just for the installation of perl CPAN?

(Q7) Warning: prerequisite Net::IP 1.2 not found.
Writing Makefile for Net:NS
---- Unsatisfied dependencies detected during [O/OL/OLAF/Net-DNS-0.57.tar.gz] -----
Shall I follow them and prepend them to the queue of modules we are processing right now? [yes]

Y/N here??????????????????

Thats all questions on the FC4 basic setup (Thank God)!

Questions on ISPConfig installation


STEP 5: Generating X.509 certificate signing request for SERVER [server.csr]
You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
into your certificate request.
What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
For some fields there will be a default value,
If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
1. Country Name (2 letter code) [XY]:GB
2. State or Province Name (full name) [Snake Desert]:Gloucestershire
3. Locality Name (eg, city) [Snake Town]:Cheltenham
4. Organization Name (eg, company) [Snake Oil, Ltd]:Chelserv
5. Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) [Webserver Team]:Technical
6. Common Name (eg, FQDN) [www.snakeoil.dom]:
Do i have to put in www.chelsev.com as a awnser to the highlighted line?

(Q9) Please enter the IP address of the ISPConfig web (e.g. WHAT I.P. ADDRESS DO I PUT HERE? My internet gateway or ISPConfig server address?

(Q10) Please enter the host name (e.g. www):
Please enter the domain (e.g. xyz.de):

What whould i put in these two boxes? www & chelsev.com or www & ns1.chelsev.com

MY Kind Regards

Bill Lightstone
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