The Perfect Setup - Debian Sarge (3.1) - Page 2

Now the base system is being installed:

I install the GRUB boot loader to the master boot record:

Afterwards remove the Sarge Netinstall CD from your system and reboot it:

Configure your time zone:

Enter a password for root:

Create a second user admin:

Choose your installation method. Since I want to do an installtion over the network I select http or ftp.

Select a mirror for your installation:

Enter a proxy for the installtion (if necessary). Normally you can leave this field empty.

Under Debian software selection I only choose Mail server. I will install all other services manually later on.

The network installation starts:

Continue installing libc-client without Maildir support. If you want to use Maildir you can install Courier-POP3/Courier-IMAP (explained later on):

Do not configure Exim as we will replace it with Postfix later on:

Congratulations! Your base system is finished now:

On to the next step...

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Anonymous

As the help text for the time zone suggests you should use a GMT-zone based setup if you install a server that is linux only. I'd also suggest to install ntpdate + ntp-server.