The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 11.3 x86_64 [ISPConfig 3]

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Author: Falko Timme
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Last edited 07/19/2010

This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSUSE 11.3 64bit (x86_64) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable) with PHP, CGI and SSI support, Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH, TLS and virtual mail users, BIND DNS server, Pureftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.

I will use the following software:

  • Web Server: Apache 2.2 with PHP 5
  • Database Server: MySQL
  • Mail Server: Postfix with virtual users
  • DNS Server: BIND
  • FTP Server: pureftpd
  • POP3/IMAP: Dovecot
  • Webalizer and AWStats for web site statistics

In the end you should have a system that works reliably and is easily manageable with the ISPConfig 3 control panel. The following guide is for the 64bit version of OpenSUSE.

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!

Notice: This guide is for ISPConfig 3.0.1 or newer. It is not suitable for ISPConfig 2.x!


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 11.3 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 necessary to run the server and would slow down the system. We will do all administration tasks on the shell or through an SSH connection, e.g. via PuTTY from a remote desktop.

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From: krystian at: 2010-09-30 14:04:39


 in one of the steps package name[version] has changed, so when installing myphpadmin try this:

  rpm -ivh

 apart from that everything seems fine till now :)

From: gswallow at: 2010-10-30 02:26:28

You know a step-by-step to find the installs and what to do with each would be beneficial. Having to install through steps or a script that is dated is more trouble than it's worth: 

rpm -ivh

From: Jaca at: 2010-12-13 20:31:19

rpm -ivh

From: Steve at: 2010-12-18 20:23:31

The link to suphp should now be

rpm -ivh

From: Anonymous at: 2011-01-25 07:07:36

rpm -ivh


as of 1/20/2010

From: Pascal GUINET at: 2010-08-27 14:02:29

Very great job. One of the first time I can follow a tutorial on a web site step by step and had everything fine.

Just one little problem when starting postfix. There where some references to IPV6 adresses inside my /etc/hosts file and postifx refused to start.

Many thanks to you and congratulation for the job.

From: at: 2010-09-30 13:26:42

It seems all that spamassassin stuff is missing,

or did I miss something?

From: sanjay at: 2011-02-09 13:20:53

Thank you. I have followed the steps and been successful with the install.

A few of the packages referred have changed versions on the suse sites but that was easy to update.

Otherwise  and amazingly accurate list of steps to get a successfull install.

Now... back to verifying the features