The Perfect Setup - Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04)

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Author: Falko Timme

This tutorial shows how to set up a Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

I will use the following software:

  • Web Server: Apache 2.2
  • Database Server: MySQL 5.0
  • Mail Server: Postfix
  • DNS Server: BIND9
  • FTP Server: proftpd
  • 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!

 

1 Requirements

To install such a system you will need the following:

  • the Ubuntu Feisty Fawn server CD
  • a fast internet connection.

 

2 Preliminary Note

In this tutorial I use the hostname server1.example.com with the IP address 192.168.0.100 and the gateway 192.168.0.1. These settings might differ for you, so you have to replace them where appropriate.

 

3 The Base System

Insert your Ubuntu install CD into your system and boot from it. Select Install to the hard disk:

The installation starts, and first you have to choose your language:

Then select your location:

Choose a keyboard layout:

The installer checks the installation CD, your hardware, and configures the network with DHCP if there is a DHCP server in the network:

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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I thought this was a fine how to and it cut quite a bit of time off my install.  I did a few things differently, but it was handy to be able to just "walk through" the rest of it without thinking about it.

A couple of notes I'd throw in:

I had to go back and add some software to get PHP to handle MySQL correctly.  In step 9, you could add the libmysql++-dev package to avoid the problem.  (I believe I had to add this package because I took a slight detour loading PHP and MySQL.)  It won't hurt to put this package in your apt-get statement in either case.

In step 11, it is probably a good idea to use nslookup to check your DNS is working right.  I have a bit of "wonkiness" going on with my network and use a rather odd DNS setup.  If DNS isn't working right, ISPConfig won't load.  

In my case, I was loading from scratch, and got a DHCP address the first time through.  Everything worked for the install.  When I got to where I had to set up my "real" IP address, I didn't quite get it right.  It pays to stop at this point and verify your DNS is right.

This is a whole lot handier than starting from scratch with a "roll your own" distribution like Slackware.  Very nice. 

By: Anonymous

slackware is not "roll your own," it has been rolled for you. Its a distribution, albeit a minimal one.