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The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2008 Spring Free (Mandriva 2008.1)
This is a detailed description about how to set up a Mandriva 2008 Spring Free (Mandriva 2008.1) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Mandriva 2008.1, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.
Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Mandriva 2008.0 & Apache2)
This guide explains how to integrate XCache into PHP5 on a Mandriva 2008.0 system (with Apache2). From the XCache project page: "XCache is a fast, stable PHP opcode cacher that has been tested and is now running on production servers under high load." It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and APC.
Server Monitoring With munin And monit On Mandriva 2008.0
In this article I will describe how you can monitor your Mandriva 2008.0 server with munin and monit. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action such as a restart if it finds a service is not behaving as expected. The combination of the two gives you full monitoring: graphics that lets you recognize current or upcoming problems (like "We need a bigger server soon, our load average is increasing rapidly."), and a watchdog that ensures the availability of the monitored services.
How To Set Up Software RAID1 On A Running System (Incl. GRUB Configuration) (Mandriva 2008.0)
This guide explains how to set up software RAID1 on an already running Mandriva 2008.0 system. The GRUB bootloader will be configured in such a way that the system will still be able to boot if one of the hard drives fails (no matter which one).
How To Install suPHP On Various Linux Distributions For Use With ISPConfig (2.2.20 And Above)
Starting with version 2.2.20, ISPConfig has improved support for suPHP. This article explains how to install suPHP on various distributions supported by ISPConfig. (If you have used suPHP with previous ISPConfig versions, your installation will still work.)
How To Install mod_ruby On Various Linux Distributions For Use With ISPConfig (2.2.20 And Above)
Starting with version 2.2.20, ISPConfig has built-in support for Ruby. Instead of using CGI/FastCGI, ISPConfig depends on mod_ruby being available in the server's Apache. This article explains how to install mod_ruby on various distributions supported by ISPConfig.
Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (Mandriva 2008.0)
This document describes how to install a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I'll also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier (Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate against the same MySQL database Postfix uses. The resulting Postfix server is capable of SMTP-AUTH and TLS and quota (quota is not built into Postfix by default, I'll show how to patch your Postfix appropriately). Passwords are stored in encrypted form in the database (most documents I found were dealing with plain text passwords which is a security risk). In addition to that, this tutorial covers the installation of Amavisd, SpamAssassin and ClamAV so that emails will be scanned for spam and viruses.
Installing MyDNS And The MyDNSConfig Control Panel On Mandriva 2008.0
In this tutorial I will describe how to install and configure MyDNS and MyDNSConfig on Mandriva 2008.0. MyDNS is a DNS server that uses a MySQL database as backend instead of configuration files like, for example, Bind or djbdns. The advantage is that MyDNS simply reads the records from the database, and it does not have to be restarted/reloaded when DNS records change or zones are created/edited/deleted. A secondary nameserver can be easily set up by installing a second instance of MyDNS that accesses the same database or, to be more redundant, uses the MySQL master / slave replication features to replicate the data to the secondary nameserver.
Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Mandriva 2008.0
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Mandriva 2008.0 server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.
How To Upgrade Your Desktop From Mandriva 2007.1 To Mandriva 2008.0
This guide shows how you can upgrade your desktop from Mandriva 2007.1 to Mandriva 2008.0.