The Perfect Setup - Mandriva 2007 Free Edition

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Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 12/01/2006

This is a detailed description about how to set up a Mandriva 2007 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
  • Mail Server: Postfix
  • DNS Server: BIND9
  • FTP Server: proftpd
  • POP3/IMAP server
  • 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!

 

1 Preliminary Note

In this example I will use the following settings for my system:

  • IP address: 192.168.0.100, gateway: 192.168.0.1
  • Host name: server1.example.com

Your settings will most likely differ, so you might have to adjust the instructions from this tutorial.

 

2 Requirements

To install such a system you will need the following:

 

3 The Base System

Boot from your Mandriva 2007 CD (CD 1). Select Installation and press Enter:

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 150 MB) with the file system ext3, a swap partition and a huge / partition (again with ext3):

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

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From: Anonymous at: 2009-04-21 09:53:48

Thanks for that great tutorial, very instructive and usefull for a noob like me ! But is it always actual ? or is there another more recent ?

From: Tom Smith at: 2009-12-04 05:48:54

The quick fix is to login into the graphical interface with the root user and then you can go about adding the user you want.

From: Tom Smith at: 2009-12-04 06:00:57

The quick fix is to login into the graphical interface with the root user and then you can go about adding the user you want. You just need to open up Mandriva Control Center to do it.

From: feliduca at: 2008-09-30 21:46:35

The quick fix is to login into the graphical interface with the root user and then you can go about adding the user you want. You just need to open up Mandriva Control Center to do it. IF you're comfortable with command line then try out "man useradd". A simple line you'd probably need for useradd would be something like: "useradd -d /home/<user>/ -s /bin/bash <user>" and then you'd do a "passwd user" and set the password.

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From: husky training at: 2011-02-17 07:30:47

I had problems using this on my old computer last week (Can't run the newer version and this one is the only one that has been working stable). Had the same problem as the first poster so I'm going to try it over this weekend using your suggestion :)

 

Hopefully it will work! haha

From: Bedrift at: 2010-11-21 15:34:48

You have explain it in such a simple way with snap shots. Thanks for your efforts.