The Perfect Server - Fedora 12 x86_64 [ISPConfig 3]

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Author: Falko Timme
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This tutorial shows how to prepare a Fedora 12 server (x86_64) 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, MyDNS 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 Install The Base System

Boot from your Fedora 12 DVD. Select Install or upgrade an existing system:

It can take a long time to test the installation media so we skip this test here:

The welcome screen of the Fedora installer appears. Click on Next:

Choose your language next:

Select your keyboard layout:

If you see the following message (Error processing drive: /dev/sda. This device may need to be reinitialized. REINITIALIZING WILL CAUSE ALL DATA TO BE LOST!), please click on Re-initialize drive:

Fill in the hostname of the server:

Choose your time zone:

Give root a password:

Next we do the partitioning. Select Replace existing Linux system. This will give you a small /boot partition and a large / partition which is fine for our purposes:

Select Write changes to disk:

The hard drive is being formatted:

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By: gimi

followed your how to and web mail is not working

By: adycobra

Yes squiremail doesnt work, after u complete this tutorial, after deep searches into my server i nodest that on postfix virtual  mysql confs u can see that it logs to mysql with user ispconfig which on this entire tutorial wasnt sayd anywhere to create it,  in /etc/dovecot-sql.conf u will see the same user ispconfig, so that is why ur mail doesnt work cause postfix conf have one user who cant connect to mysql and dovecot the same, so go on /etc/postfix and modify the user and pass for mysql on these files:

After this changes go edit /etc/dovecot-sql.conf and change user and password, after that restart postfix and dovecot and should work, or lool the simplest is to way early in instalation steps to add the user ispconfig :)) i hope it work for u...


After following the complete tutorial I noticed that MyDNS service did not start.

So I ran /tmp/ispconfig3_install/install/php -q update.php and I noticed that ISPConfig tries to config BIND.

After reading the complete tutorial again I am sure there is no line with : yum install bind So it is installed from dvd.

There are two solutions

1. on page two you select the packages to be installed,  select dns server, select additional packages, remove the tick from BIND, continue install

2. run ( somewhere in the beginning, but before yum install mydns ) yum erase bind, continue install.


I've created shell scripts to do all of this automatically.  Will be happy to share them.

My scripts also include installing tomcat6, JDK, and setting up the tomcat connector - mod_jk.

BTW ...

This tutorial is not perfect yet ... I did find that I had to make a few tweaks to get squirrelmail to deliver mail.

By: Anonymous

are u able to share?i found out that dovecot has problems too, i've simply compile this tutorial with another one to get the damn thing working, still didn't get the squerill to work properly


waiting for a reply, best regards,


By: robertlouwen

Make it comfortable ... and install the update - daemon "yum-updatesd" and get notified by e-mail when there are updates for your Fedora 12 server.

1. yum install yum-updatesd

2. vi /etc/yum/yum-updatesd.conf and set the interval for checking, set notification method ( email ), set email recipient and email sender.

All done ( sit back and relax )