The Perfect Server - Debian Squeeze (Debian 6.0) With BIND & Dovecot [ISPConfig 3]

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Submitted by falko (Contact Author) (Forums) on Tue, 2011-08-09 17:42. :: Debian | ISPConfig | Control Panels

The Perfect Server - Debian Squeeze (Debian 6.0) With BIND & Dovecot [ISPConfig 3]

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Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
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Last edited 08/01/2011

This tutorial shows how to prepare a Debian Squeeze (Debian 6.0) server for the installation of ISPConfig 3, and how to install ISPConfig 3. ISPConfig 3 is a webhosting control panel that allows you to configure the following services through a web browser: Apache web server, Postfix mail server, MySQL, BIND nameserver, PureFTPd, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, and many more.

Please note that this setup does not work for ISPConfig 2! It is valid for ISPConfig 3 only!

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Requirements

To install such a system you will need the following:


2 Preliminary Note

In this tutorial I use the hostname with the IP address and the gateway These settings might differ for you, so you have to replace them where appropriate.


3 The Base System

Insert your Debian Squeeze network installation CD into your system and boot from it. Select Install (this will start the text installer - if you prefer a graphical installer, select Graphical install):

Choose your language:

Then select your location:

If you've selected an uncommon combination of language and location (like English as the language and Germany as the location, as in my case), the installer might tell you that there is no locale defined for this combination; in this case you have to select the locale manually. I select en_US.UTF-8 here:

Choose a keyboard layout:

The installer checks the installation CD, your hardware, and configures the network with DHCP if there is a DHCP server in the network:

Enter the hostname. In this example, my system is called, so I enter server1:

Enter your domain name. In this example, this is

Afterwards, give the root user a password:

Confirm that password to avoid typos:

Create a normal user account, for example the user Administrator with the user name administrator (don't use the user name admin as it is a reserved name on Debian Squeeze):

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Submitted by Ahmad (not registered) on Sun, 2012-07-29 08:42.

Just feel to share the new link for downloading debian iso image cd, the above link i s not working.

for 32 bit pc:

 and for 64 bit pc:


hope this helps.


Submitted by Dr. Yves Kreis (not registered) on Mon, 2012-10-15 15:58.
Better check under where you always get the latest one...
Submitted by Rasmus (not registered) on Sat, 2012-04-14 12:46.

Great tutorial, thanks!
I followed it, except using Ubuntu 11.10, and when I was done the package dovecot-mysql was missing - resulting in not being able to login to dovecot. Just a heads ups if anyone else have that problem.

Thanks again.

Submitted by Dr. Yves Kreis (not registered) on Sun, 2012-10-28 10:43.
Even a newer one is available by now:
Submitted by Dr. Yves Kreis (not registered) on Mon, 2012-10-15 16:26.
For Ubuntu 11.10 follow the following tutorial:
Submitted by Dr. Yves Kreis (not registered) on Mon, 2012-10-15 16:01.