The Perfect Setup - OpenSuSE 10.2 (32-bit)

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Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 12/11/2006

This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSuSE 10.2 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 2.2.0
  • Database Server: MySQL 5.0
  • Mail Server: Postfix
  • DNS Server: BIND9
  • FTP Server: proftpd (ISPConfig will not work with vsftpd on OpenSUSE 10.2)
  • POP3/IMAP: I will use Maildir format and therefore install Courier-POP3/Courier-IMAP.
  • Webalizer for web site statistics

In the end you should have a system that works reliably, and if you like you can install 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 first OpenSuSE 10.2-CD and select Installation from the boot screen:

Select your language:

Skip the media check by clicking on Next:

Accept the license agreement:

Select New Installation:

Select your time zone next:

At the Desktop Selection screen, choose Other and click on Select...:

As we want to install a server, we do not need a desktop. Therefore we select Text Mode and click on OK and then on Next.

The Installation Settings screen lists the available installation settings. You can change each of its choices by navigating to the appropriate headline. First, I change the partitioning scheme by clicking on Partitioning and then on Create Custom Partition Setup and then on Next:

Select Custom Partitioning (for experts):

Now we create the partitions. I will use the following partition scheme:

/boot 100 MB
swap 500 MB
/ the rest of the hard disk

Creating a partition: Click on Create, select Primary Partition, select the format. I will use ext3 for all partitions (I want to install quota later on, and quota works best with ext3 - you might encounter problems with reiserFS!) except the swap partition, that is of type swap. Then select the mountpoint corresponding to the above partitioning scheme.

Your partition table should look now similar to this one here, depending on your hard disk size. Click on Accept to proceed to the next step.

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From: at: 2007-02-25 18:36:30

In /usr/share/doc/packages/quota/README.SUSE it's said that:

On journaled filesystems, you can enable journaled quota with usrjquota, grpjquota and jqfmt options, and avoid the need to run quotacheck after unclean shutdown

From: at: 2007-03-30 12:59:14

This perfect how-to miss just one package and it is openssl-devel. Without this package the compilation of ISPconfig will crash somewhere in the middle.

From: admin at: 2007-03-31 12:57:33

I assume you use a 64bit version of SuSE? I haven't tested this on a 64bit version.

But the tutorial works perfectly as is on 32bit installations.