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:

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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. 

From: Anonymous

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