ISPConfig 3 setup and configuration

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by Milleman, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Milleman

    Milleman New Member


    I've been using ISPConfig 2 for a year now. Just installed ISPConig 3 on a server for testing. But I can't make 3 to work. Is there any tutorial, configuration howto in order to get starting with 3?
    All I find is documentation for ISPConfig 2.
  2. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    If you're starting from scratch, which I would advise, follow this guide:

    I tried the other distros but debian lenny worked the best.

    Then you need to set the name servers up:
    These tutorials are for ISPConfig 2, but they should give you the idea:

    Leave it 72 hours for the nameservices to settle.
    Then use the DNS templates to make dns zone entries for your sites. (Remember when it asks for an IP it's the public ip not your lan ip)
    Assuminng you've done port forwarding from your router It should then work straight out the box.. Click sites, create site and away you go.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2010
  3. Milleman

    Milleman New Member

    Thanks for your help, Toucan!

    Your 3rd link isn't working:

    My server is an co-location server, at an ISP broadband broadband facility. No firewall. I currently run ISPConfig 2 on the server. For testing ISPConfig 3, I just shut down i2 and bring i3 online instead, using the same IP. My i2 works fine, hosting i3 testing websites with their own domain names. I fired up i3 and entered DNS settings that should resemble something similar to the settings I have on i2. I use Ubuntu 8.04 as a host on both.

    Is i3 worth the effort or should I stick to i2? I'll guess the development is focused on i3. That's the reason I want to do the switch.
  4. Toucan

    Toucan Member

  5. grillonic

    grillonic New Member

    Any other links?

    Could you help me with some good tutorials for ISPConfig 3??, I have it running in a VPS with CentOS 5.4, everything works fine, but I don't know what to do now hahaha, I mean, I added a client, FTP accound, mail, everything, but I don't know how to access them, or how to install a webpanel to every client, hope you can help mate, thanks in advance!
  6. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    Presumably you've made these accounts yourself from the control panel at: ?

    If you've made the dns records for your site when you visit it you should get the default page come up. Looks a little like this one:

    I assume you're trying to get a client to be a reseller or have access to the control panel to add more of their own sites etc yes?

    To add a reseller you'll find that on the clients tab, then 'add reseller'.

    If you want someone to have access to the control panel like you do, it's the system tab, then 'add user'.

    All they then do is log in the same way you do:
    with the details you set up. They will have access to the modules that you gave access to.

    First things first though is to test out a default site that you set up. Remember unless you have set up dns records for your domain no one will be able to find it on your server.
    I don't want to go over stuff you already know but just in case...
    you should:
    *Set up a domain with a registrar which will be used for the name server on your setup. Tell the registrar to set up a glue record. This points that domain to your ip address.
    *The on your server set up the domain that has the glue record to act as the name server domain on your server, so you can make and The dns wizard virtually does this for you.
    *Then you need to add the domain that you intend to host into your own dns records using your ns1 and ns2..
    *Then you need to go back to your registrar for the domain your are hosting and change the name server records to your own ns1 and 2.

    So when someone looks for your domain from the internet and put in their browser it looks for the .com name servers who say they don't know where it's held but they do know someone who may, your registrar, your registrar (or duplicate record server) says I don't know where that record is held but i do know it's held on AND i know the IP of that name server, so it send the user using the IP to will reply - yes, i know where that domain is held and because I'm a clever ISPConfig3 server and I do the lot, it's held on me so look for your site at my IP address.

    That's my interpretation of the DNS model and I can't guarantee it's completely accurate but i think it's about right - and that's the bit I think you're missing... unless i've made a grave mistake and you can infact see your default sites from other internet machines?

    The other way i believe is to make DNS records with your registrar if they offer DNS services. I think you'd have to make an 'a' record with them initially pointing to your IP... but that's not nearly so much fun.

    The schlundtech guide written by falko as attached above is a good one to follow plus it's well supported as it came from this site. However, if you have difficulty with the German language on their site you can apply the same principles to other registrars. As well as schlundtech I've used UKreg which offer glue records.

    I think it helps to understand the DNS model to know how to implement it yourself.

    I'm not an expert on this matter at all and only speak from experience so anyone feel free to correct what I have written if I've got the concept or models wrong.
  7. grillonic

    grillonic New Member

    Kinda clear...

    You are and awesome dude for giving me this help, I thank you so much mate.
    Well I totally understand how the DNS for the domains work, what I don't know is what to fill in the DNS forms

    I'm a total newbie even with VPS, I manage to get all the appropiate services for ISPConfig 3 to work, and it did, what I don't know it's how to use it.. I mean, I go through the panel clicking here, clicking there and there are some foroms that I just don't know how to fill...

    For instance, I need to add Clients or Users?, when I setup a new client, how do I configure his web service, and I don't know what to fill in the DNS section :S ... in this image for example, it asks me for IP, what IP?? one of the two of my VPS??.

    I just don't know how to use it at all, that's all, kinda embarassing and frustrating too...
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2010
  8. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Dont use the dns form if you are not so familar with dns settings, use the dns wizard instead.

    If you are the only person who uses the server, then you dont have to add any clients.
  9. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    I agree. The dns wizard does it all for you. The ip address it asks for is the same one that your vps is on.*

    If the server is just for you, maybe making sites for other people, all yoi have to do is go 'add new site' and use the dns wizard to give it some records. You should then be able to see a default index.HTML from a browser like the one above.*

    Till, if I've given any poor advice feel free to correct it. *As you know I only speak from my own Limited experience.*

  10. grillonic

    grillonic New Member

    I still can't do it :(

    I still can't point my domains to my VPS, Is there any guide on how to configure DNS records and stuff?, I'm really confused :confused:
  11. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    Ok, I think this should work, pick one of the domains, changes the name servers at your registrar to and Let me know the domain and the ip of your server and I'll try hosting it's dns records.

    I think that should work to test it out.

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