The Perfect Server - what to do when server already installed?

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by msp, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. msp

    msp Member

    Apologies if this has been covered before here. It's quite hard with this topic to know what search terms to use on the forum!

    I'm doing a clean install of ISPConfig3 and want to follow the "Perfect Server" guide for Debian Squeeze 6.0 (BIND & Dovecot).

    Problem is it runs through the installation from CD or ISO (i.e. the full screen, menu based installation), and as part of this process it does lots of things e.g. configuring apt..., whereas my VPS is deployed as a 'vanilla install' of some sort. They simply give you the option of which distribution to install, set the disk size, root password, swap disk, and that's it.

    Is there a process guide for installing The Perfect Server from a distro that has already been installed?

    Hope the above makes sense

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  2. pdxvwerik

    pdxvwerik New Member

    I had the same issue, but with CentOS.

    It really was no problem. Just go through the process and follow the instructions carefully. Pretend that it is a clean minimal install.

    If you have issues when completing the install, note those issues, you may need to uninstall ISPConfig and go through the process again noting things to change as you go, ie: apt-get remove sendmail (as an example) before you continue with the walkthrough.

    Note, if you are using godaddy's vps, you have to use 'relayhost=['servernamehere']' as the relay host. Remember the brackets, they are important.

    I was unable to find a for CentOS/64 bit and I skipped configuring Apache with Ruby with no apparent consequences outside of being unable to offer Ruby as an option.

  3. darinpeterson

    darinpeterson Member

    This is no problem, and just about anywhere you get a VPS, dedicated server, or other, they are going to install some default that they have for you. My service provider was good enough to allow me to tell them how I wanted it installed. If you can do this, just ask for the basic system with an ssh server.

    It doesn't matter though. If they provided you with something already, just use this howto:, starting on page 3 as I marked and follow. In general, you should be fine. If a package is already installed, it won't reinstall it, and things that aren't installed will be installed.

    Good luck!

  4. msp

    msp Member

    Thanks GL & Darin,

    I'll try the above!


    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013

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