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 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

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



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.

From: Lukas at: 2009-10-20 01:05:03

It works perfect, the only problem I have is when I'm restartting server it says

fsck.ext2 unable to resolve 'UUID=...'

fsck died with exit status 8

File system check failed

From: GBot at: 2010-01-08 02:30:51

Should you still install the DNS server in step 13 if you are behind a home router, such as a D-Link or Linksys?

From: chingson at: 2009-06-01 01:44:15


Since gmail has large volume of email box, customers will always want more and more...

To get more, dbmail with IMAP is a much  better alternative. Also, spamassassin to reject spam emails are required.


BTW, webmail is also a basic of an ISP. Squirrel mail is too .. basic.. and multi-language support is bad. I don't know if there are better alternatives..


From: Anonymous at: 2010-07-19 14:53:17


I am just configure Postfix mailserver follow this tutorial. But when i configure client system its ask for smtp & pop auth password for host. when I give user default password its not taken. Please help me to configure smtp & auth password for host <mail.****.*****>

From: eagle at: 2009-10-05 23:52:03


Good tutorial, all worked fine until the Apache2 installation, which had been working from the defaul installation.

When restarting having enabled the various modules the following message was displayed:

 * Starting web server apache2                                                  (98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs
Any help/guidance on how to fix gratefully received.



From: Anonymous at: 2009-08-30 20:30:08


 This tutorial is great, though i noticed, trying to run it, that some package are missing to run properly the ISPCONFIG install:

 quota and iptables

 might be good to add them in this list.