The Perfect Server - Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) [ISPConfig 2]

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Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 04/23/2009

This tutorial shows how to set up an Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) 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, Courier 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).

I will use the following software:

  • Web Server: Apache 2.2 with PHP 5.2.6, Python, Ruby, and WebDAV
  • Database Server: MySQL 5.0
  • 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

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 Requirements

To install such a system you will need the following:

 

2 Preliminary Note

In this tutorial I use the hostname server1.example.com with the IP address 192.168.0.100 and the gateway 192.168.0.1. These settings might differ for you, so you have to replace them where appropriate.

 

3 The Base System

Insert your Ubuntu install CD into your system and boot from it. Select your language:

Then select Install Ubuntu Server:

Choose your language again (?):

Then select your location:

Choose a keyboard layout (you will be asked to press a few keys, and the installer will try to detect your keyboard layout based on the keys you pressed):

The installer checks the installation CD, your hardware, and configures the network with DHCP if there is a DHCP server in the network:

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From: Anonymous at: 2009-04-30 02:23:33

what do you do about the network interfaces if you are going to use this config on amazon ec2?

new to ec2 and dont know if i should leave it to dhcp or make it static. and if its static what are the values i would use?

From: Anonymous at: 2010-02-21 21:08:18

sorry for this late reply, just leave it alone.Only do the static step if you are using home server, but you aren't so use dhcp

From: Boris at: 2009-04-26 17:34:10

# tasksel

[*] Ubuntu Desktop

Press "Tab"  and  "OK"

About 2hr download at 100KB/s

Reboot.

 

From: Anonymous at: 2009-07-07 05:29:58

for this server to be used in a small business of about 15 people... and maybe 100 visitors to the website a day what kind of hardware would be need for the server to run smoothly without putting a hole in my wallet?

From: Anonymous at: 2010-03-22 15:36:24

Sorry for the late reply, but, with that little traffic and doing nothing else but web hosting, you could get away with an Atom processor or an old Pentium 4 if you do not care about power usage. If you need it rack mountable, I may suggest a SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-H 1U otherwise just get a cheap system with reliable hardware and make sure you have room to grow over the next 5 years. After 5 years it may be worthwhile to upgrade to faster and more efficient power-per-watt hardware.