The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 11.4 x86_64 [ISPConfig 3] - Page 3

4 Configure The Network Settings

We use Yast, the OpenSuSE system management tool to reconfigure the network card settings. After the first boot, the system is configured to get the IP address with DHCP. For a server we will switch it to a static IP address.



Select Network Devices > Network Settings:

Select your network card and then Edit:

Select Statically assigned IP Address and enter the IP address, subnet mask and hostname and save the changes by selecting Next:

Now select Hostname/DNS and enter the hostname (e.g. and nameservers (e.g. and

Now select Routing and enter the default gateway and hit OK:

To configure the firewall (in case you didn't configure it during the basic installation), select Security and Users > Firewall in Yast:

I want to install ISPConfig at the end of this tutorial which comes with its own firewall. That's why I disable the default OpenSUSE 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 OpenSUSE firewall).

Select Disable Firewall Automatic Starting and Stop Firewall Now, then hit Next:

Hit Finish and leave Yast:


5 Install Updates

Now we install the latest updates from the openSUSE repositories. Run

zypper update 

And then reboot the server as you most likely installed some kernel updates, too:



6 Install Some Basic Packages


yast2 -i findutils readline glibc-devel findutils-locate gcc flex lynx compat-readline4 db-devel wget gcc-c++ subversion make vim telnet cron iptables iputils man man-pages nano pico sudo perl-TimeDate


7 Journaled Quota

To install quota, run

yast2 -i quota

Edit /etc/fstab to look like this (I added ,usrjquota=aquota.user,,jqfmt=vfsv0 to the mountpoints / and /srv):

vi /etc/fstab
/dev/sda1            swap                 swap       defaults              0 0
/dev/sda2            /                    ext4       acl,user_xattr,usrjquota=aquota.user,,jqfmt=vfsv0        1 1
/dev/sda3            /srv                 ext4       acl,user_xattr,usrjquota=aquota.user,,jqfmt=vfsv0        1 2
proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0
debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0
devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0

Then run:

touch /aquota.user /
chmod 600 /aquota.*
touch /srv/aquota.user /srv/
chmod 600 /srv/aquota.*

mount -o remount /
mount -o remount /srv

quotacheck -avugm
quotaon -avug

Dont be worried if you see these error messages - they are normal when you run quotacheck for the first time:

server1:~ # quotacheck -avugm
quotacheck: WARNING -  Quotafile //aquota.user was probably truncated. Cannot save quota settings...
quotacheck: WARNING -  Quotafile // was probably truncated. Cannot save quota settings...
quotacheck: Scanning /dev/sda2 [/] done
quotacheck: Checked 4416 directories and 35532 files
quotacheck: WARNING -  Quotafile /srv/aquota.user was probably truncated. Cannot save quota settings...
quotacheck: WARNING -  Quotafile /srv/ was probably truncated. Cannot save quota settings...
quotacheck: Scanning /dev/sda3 [/srv] done
quotacheck: Checked 6 directories and 2 files
server1:~ #

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