The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2010.1 (Spring) Free (x86_64) [ISPConfig 2]

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Author: Falko Timme
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This tutorial shows how to set up a Mandriva 2010.1 (Spring) Free (x86_64) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. In the end you should have a system that works reliably, and if you like you can install the free webhosting control panel ISPConfig 2 (i.e., ISPConfig runs on it out of the box). This tutorial is written for the 64-bit version of Mandriva 2010.1.

I will use the following software:

  • Web Server: Apache 2 (with PHP5, Ruby,Python, and WebDAV)
  • Mail Server: Postfix
  • DNS Server: BIND9
  • FTP Server: proftpd
  • POP3/IMAP server: Dovecot
  • Webalizer for web site statistics

Please note that this setup does not work for ISPConfig 3! It is valid for ISPConfig 2 only!

I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

In this example I will use the following settings for my system:

  • IP address: 192.168.0.100, gateway: 192.168.0.1
  • Host name: server1.example.com

Your settings will most likely differ, so you might have to adjust the instructions from this tutorial.

 

2 Requirements

To install such a system you will need the following:

  • Download the Mandriva 2010.1 DVD iso image or the Mandriva 2010.1 CD iso images from a mirror near you (you can find the download here: http://www.mandriva.com/en/download); I have used the Mandriva 2010.1 DVD for this tutorial.
  • a fast Internet connection...

 

3 The Base System

Boot from your Mandriva 2010.1 DVD or CD (the first one). Select Install Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring and press Enter:

Choose your language next:

Accept the license and click on Next:

Select your keyboard layout:

Now we have to partition our hard disk. You can choose to let the Mandriva installer do the partitioning, or you can do it yourself. I want to create a small /boot partition (about 180 MB) with the file system ext4, a swap partition and a huge / partition (again with ext4):

Afterwards, the new partitions are being formatted:

We don't have any other installation media, so we select None and click on Next:

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About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Juan Garcia

Dear Falko:

What about The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2011 x86_64 [ISPConfig 3]? That would be great !!

Best Regards and Merry Christmas