The Perfect Setup - CentOS 5.0 (32-bit) - Page 2

Now we select the software we want to install. Select nothing but Servers (uncheck everything else). Also don't check Packages from CentOS Extras. Then check Customize now, and click on Next:

Now we must select the package groups we want to install. Select Editors, Text-based Internet, Development Libraries, Development Tools, DNS Name Server, FTP Server, Mail Server, MySQL Database, Server Configuration Tools, Web Server, Administration Tools, Base, and System Tools and click on Next:

The installer checks the dependencies of the selected packages:

Click on Next to start the installation:

The installer asks you if you have the required installation media at hand. Click on Continue:

The hard drive is formatted:

The installation begins. This will take a few minutes:

Finally, the installation is complete, and you can remove your CD from the computer and reboot it:

After the reboot, you will see this screen. Select Firewall configuration and hit Run Tool:

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

SELinux is a security extension of CentOS that should provide extended security. In my opinion you don't need it to configure a secure system, and it usually causes more problems than advantages (think of it after you have done a week of trouble-shooting because some service wasn't working as expected, and then you find out that everything was ok, only SELinux was causing the problem). Therefore I disable it, too (this is a must if you want to install ISPConfig later on). Hit OK afterwards:

Then leave the Setup Agent by selecting Exit:

Then log in as root and reboot the system so that your changes can be applied:

shutdown -r now

Now, on to the configuration...

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From: TechSpotting at: 2011-08-02 16:29:36

I have written a guide here on how to install CentOS 6 for server or desktops.

 It's for x86_64 some users might find it useful!

From: Mickey Knox at: 2011-12-20 03:25:14

for those who speak spanish (the translation to english is pending), I developed my own bash script to configure CentOS (or Redhat). is my version of the perfect server (post installation).

You can test it here:

From: Jason Barnett at: 2009-02-08 10:14:43


In order to install ncftp I had to add the using the following commands:

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/


vi kbsingh-CentOS-Extras.repo

change enabled=0 to enabled=1 as follows:

name=CentOS.Karan.Org-EL$releasever - Testing

rpm --import

and finally yum install ncftp

From: at: 2007-06-22 16:03:47

If you want to use the chmod in ISPConfig you have to change the lines in "/etc/proftpd.conf":




Yours sincerely mawi 

From: Anonymous at: 2010-10-28 01:14:36

First of all NEVER DO ANYTHING TO THE /TMP DIRECTORY!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. Doing so could damage your install. The OS uses this directory as its workspace.

Second, CentOS now has proftpd on yum, I believe it is on the RPMForge repo.
View how to add this repo HERE.

For those who are security minded and do no click links here you go:

Or just Google for centos RPMForge.

From: koka at: 2009-02-10 21:14:21

thanks :)

it really helpes me configure server



From: Anonymous at: 2011-10-05 11:26:34

Thank you

From: John at: 2009-02-23 11:00:08

thanks for the tutorial i have isconfig running now on vmware server - centos 5.0 with webmin to easy manage server.

if you have problem installing message flex run this:

yum install flex

transferring ISPConfig*.tar.gz tru proftpd follow this steps: