The Perfect Setup - Mandriva 2006 Free Edition

This is a "copy & paste" HowTo! The easiest way to follow this tutorial is to use a command line client/SSH client (like PuTTY for Windows) and simply copy and paste the commands (except where you have to provide own information like IP addresses, hostnames, passwords,...). This helps to avoid typos.

The Perfect Setup - Mandriva 2006 Free Edition

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Author: Falko Timme
Last edited: 11/29/2005

This is a detailed description about the steps to be taken to setup a Mandriva 2006 Free Edition based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

I will use the following software:

  • Web Server: Apache 2.0.x
  • Mail Server: Postfix (easier to configure than sendmail; has a shorter history of security holes than sendmail)
  • DNS Server: BIND9
  • FTP Server: proftpd
  • POP3/IMAP servers
  • Webalizer for web site statistics

In the end you should have a system that works reliably and is ready for the free webhosting control panel ISPConfig (i.e., ISPConfig runs on it out of the box).

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!


To install such a system you will need the following:

1 The Base System

Boot from your Mandriva 2006 CD (CD 1). Press Enter to start the installation:

Choose your language next:

Accept the license and click on Next:

Select Standard as the Security level and leave the field Security Administrator empty:

Now we have to partition our hard disk. You can choose to let the Mandriva installer do the partitioning, or you can do it yourself. I want to create a small /boot partition (about 100 MB) with the file system ext3, a swap partition and a huge / partition (again with ext3):

Click on Next if you have all three CDs of the Mandriva Download Edition:

Select None and click on Next:

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From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-06 19:56:16

It would be nice to have a version of this howto without all the screenshots of trivial things like the install screens. I like to print these howtos in case I want to use them later. Instead of a couple of pages of useful info, I get 24 pages of screenshots that I''ve already seen when I did the Mandriva install. Maybe some people like it this way, so perhaps you could provide a "concise version" link, like the "printer-friendly version" link.

From: Anonymous at: 2006-05-20 11:10:42

These instructions were quite helpful but I also want instructions on how to set up subversion hosting with mod_dav_svn on Mandriva.

From: sohbet at: 2008-11-15 00:30:42

thank you

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-03 04:16:10

It is cool. thanks.

From: muhabbet at: 2009-06-21 13:24:35

thank you...

From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-16 05:30:32

Hi, nice howto but I do think is not a good idea to make automatic updates in a server because a sysadmin MUST to know what software is going to install plus there are many updates that need interaction with new config files.

Just my 2 cents.

From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-21 21:33:56

Thanks for this article, Falko, great work.

Small comments:
to start a service, on Mandriva I think it should be:
service [servicename] start
Not sure if it matters though...

As for non-automated updates, of course it's easy to see what would be updated if you use the -t testmode in the urpmi -update command, to make sure you keep track of everything. And it's easy to find out what the updates are for; one of the few things I prefer the GUI for (MCC - software updates).

Enjoy Linux,

From: Anonymous at: 2006-02-10 05:29:05

Thanks for making it. I managed to follow it successfully and almost there with everything I need - including the successful install of ISPconfig but noticed that you didn't include at least base info on adding users accounts for emails and FTP. It would have been nice to see this. I'm currently trying to figure out how to do this part. Keep up the good work. Was good read.


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From: admin at: 2006-02-10 14:33:08

You can find these details in the ISPConfig documentation:

From: Anonymous at: 2006-05-11 14:14:30

Only missed how to have also Perl, RubyOnRails and Python ;)