The Perfect Server - Fedora 13 x86_64 [ISPConfig 3] - Page 2

Now we select the software we want to install. Uncheck Graphical Desktop and check Web server instead. Then check Customize now. Afterwards, select the additional repositories Fedora 13 - x86_64 and Fedora 13 - x86_64 - Updates (if you are on an i386 system, the names are probably Fedora 13 - i386 and Fedora 13 - i386 - Updates):

As the last two repositories need an Internet connection, a new window pops up where you have to configure your network card. Select Enable IPv4 support, but disable Use dynamic IP configuration (DHCP); then give your network card a static IP address and netmask (in this tutorial I'm using the IP address and netmask for demonstration purposes; if you are not sure about the right values, might help you). Also fill in your gateway (e.g. and one nameserver (e.g.

The details for the last two repositories should now be retrieved, and the checkboxes in front of them should be marked. Click on Next:

Now we must select the package groups we want to install. Select Editors, Text-based Internet, Development Libraries, Development Tools, DNS Name Server, FTP Server, Mail Server, MySQL Database, Server Configuration Tools, Web Server, Administration Tools, Base, Hardware Support, Java, System Tools (unselect all other package groups) and click on Next:

The installation begins. This will take a few minutes:

Finally, the installation is complete, and you can remove your DVD from the computer and reboot it:

After the reboot, you will see this screen. Select Firewall configuration and hit Run Tool:

I want to install ISPConfig at the end of this tutorial which comes with its own firewall. That's why I disable the default Fedora firewall now. Of course, you are free to leave it on and configure it to your needs (but then you shouldn't use any other firewall later on as it will most probably interfere with the Fedora firewall).

Hit OK afterwards:

Confirm your choice by selecting Yes:

Next select Network configuration:

If you did not configure your network card during the installation (because you did not select the additional online repositories), you can do that now by going to Device configuration:

Select your network interface (usually eth0):

Then fill in your network details - disable DHCP and fill in a static IP address, a netmask, and your gateway, then hit Ok:

Next select Save:

What you should do in all cases (regardless of whether you configured your network connection during the installation or just now) is specify nameservers (during the intial installation, you could fill in just one nameserver, therefore you should specify at least a second one now). Select DNS configuration:

Now you can fill in additional nameservers and hit Ok:

Hit Save&Quit afterwards...

... and leave the Choose a Tool window by selecting Quit:

You should run


now to check if the installer got your IP address right.

Now I disable Fedora's NetworkManager and enable "normal" networking. NetworkManager is good for desktops where network connections can change (e.g. LAN vs. WLAN), but on a server you usually don't change network connections:

chkconfig NetworkManager off
chkconfig --levels 35 network on
/etc/init.d/network restart

Check your /etc/resolv.conf if it lists all nameservers that you've previously configured:

cat /etc/resolv.conf

If nameservers are missing, run


and add the missing nameservers again.

Now, on to the configuration...

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From: at: 2010-07-14 15:51:58

If you select the DNS Name Server category of software to install then "bind-chroot" will be installed. In step 17 there are instructions to install "bind". If both are installed then BIND (named) will not start because named will not be able to find the file named.conf.locate. Even if you create a blank "named.conf.local" in /etc or use ISPConfig web admin to create the file named still will not start. See also, related comments on PG5.

From: Pierre at: 2010-07-19 16:42:10

I don't get the option where I get to choose what to install or not install. I saw on another page where a person was complaining about the fact that the live CD doesn't allow older machines to configure setup as one would want. Sort of idiotic if you think about it! After all Linux is the ideal web server and if you have an older machine laying around you want to setup to tinker on, you won't want any type of GUI. So my question is HOW DO I GET AROUND THIS?

 I have an old Pentium 4 (1.4 GHz) I don't want Gnome or any interface, just the good old command prompt. Unfortunately, I'm a novice and I can't figure out how to get around this.

 Thanks for your help.