These steps work well on a Debian Lenny 5.0 container. After logging into the container for the first time: 1. Type passwd and enter your new UNIX password. 2. Configure locales: dpkg-reconfigure locales Select your language from the long list. NOTE: Should be in utf8 format and the default for the container. Clear out your locales cache: apt-get install localepurge Then run localepurge 3. Configure local time. VERY IMPORTANT if you want to avoid problems with syncing timestamped files later (yikes!). Do this: dpkg-reconfigure tzdata and select correct timezone. Then run this diff -s /etc/localtime /usr/share/zoneinfo/`cat /etc/timezone` .. these should be the same and when you "poweroff" from the console you should see local time being correctly reported. 4. apt-get install vim-nox 5. Get a decent set of sources from here: http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/ -include "main", "security" and "volatile" repos. vi /etc/apt/sources.list Paste your new sources in and save. apt-get update apt-get upgrade 6. vi /etc/network/interfaces and set up a static ip for the container as you normally would. /etc/init.d/networking restart check the output of ifconfig - your network should reflect your changes. 7. vi /etc/hosts - write out the hosts file as you normally would - note that this will be a new file since the default container doesn't have a hosts file. echo hostname.example.tld > /etc/hostname /etc/init.d/hostname.sh start The output of hostname and hostname -f should now be hostname.example.tld ----------------------- You should be good to go now with installing a base system for use in a multiserver setup although the master server (with quota installed) will still have to reside on the host server/physical machine unless you customize your fstab in the container. ----------------------- Regards.