The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 11.1

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Author: Falko Timme , Till Brehm <t [dot] brehm [at] ispconfig [dot] com>
Last edited 12/18/2008

This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSUSE 11.1 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. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of OpenSUSE 11.1, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

I will use the following software:

  • Web Server: Apache 2.2.10 with PHP 5.2.6, Ruby, and Python
  • Database Server: MySQL 5.0.67
  • Mail Server: Postfix
  • DNS Server: BIND9
  • FTP Server: proftpd
  • POP3/IMAP: I will use Maildir format and therefore install Courier-POP3/Courier-IMAP.
  • Webalizer for web site statistics

In the end you should have a system that works reliably, and if you like you can install the free webhosting control panel ISPConfig (i.e., ISPConfig runs on it out of the box).

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 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 The Base System

Boot from your OpenSUSE 11.1 DVD and select Installation:

Select your language, keyboard layout and accept the licence terms:

The installer analyzes your hardware and builds the software repository cache:

Select New Installation:

Select the region and timezone:

We select Other > Minimal Server Selection (Text Mode) here as we want to install a server without X-Window desktop. The X-Window system is not nescessary to run the server and would slow down the system. We will do all administration tasks on the shell or trough an SSH connection, e.g. via PuTTY from a remote desktop.

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From: Chris at: 2009-09-11 14:47:36

I ran the installation as suggested in this excellent manual. One problem remains: I changed the Document Root to /var/www in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf, restarted the server, but httpd2 -V still shows

  -D HTTPD_ROOT="/srv/www"

What could be overriding httpd.conf?

From: Anonymous at: 2009-01-29 09:46:44

Compiling proftpd by hand opens a whole can of worms - you're putting the burden of updating one critical piece of software to manual.

 An extremely poor idea - you should use vsftpd or pure-ftpd on SuSE as they are both supported by the base repository update system.

From: Andrew at: 2009-06-13 16:52:26

This is a horribly insecure setup. Really - read a book. "I don't need AppArmor".. ugh

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-14 11:54:55

This was horribly rude. Really - learn some manners...

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-15 08:58:18

That wasn't rude at all.. it's the truth. This is a public howto and many people will blindly trust it.