Hi there! I've been following the perfect setup howto for ubuntu server 6.06 lts here to get a server with ispconfig and joomla running. Edit: All this is happening in a VMWare VM on an XP host. I'm doing all this via putty from another XP box on the LAN. I have a few questions: (1) I am running this server on my LAN, with the possibility of later making it accessible to the internet (via my router's DMZ or specific port forwarding). If I don't plan on using DynDNS or something comparable, how would i go about changing /etc/hosts? Following the howto to the letter, I would get this: Code: 127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost 192.168.1.222 servebox.example.com servebox # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts ::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback fe00::0 ip6-localnet ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix ff02::1 ip6-allnodes ff02::2 ip6-allrouters ff02::3 ip6-allhosts What purpose does the "servebox.example.com" have, is it even necessary? I don't plan on having this machine reachable via DNS, just IP. According to the howto, both "hostname" and "hostname -f" should output "servebox.example.com". Is that really correct? "hostname" only outputs "servebox" for me. (2) I'm running into a problem after installing mysql according to the howto. It might very well be related to the question above. It all works according to plan until i set the root password with: Code: mysqladmin -u root password newpasswordhere The next step Code: mysqladmin -h servebox.example.com -u root password newpasswordhere gives the following error: Code: mysqladmin: connect to server at 'servebox.example.com' failed error: 'Host 'servebox.example.com' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL server' I'd like to proceed with the install, but i'm stuck here. Any help is appreciated. (3) Just thought of another question. Why do we want mysqld to listen on other interfaces than localhost? Anything that accesses the DB should be on the machine, anyway.