Fighting With Linux Server Setup

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Friday, July 7, 2006

Finally my (unmanaged dedicated) server has been deployed (under 48 hours). Now my actual work begins. I have never done Linux administration. It is a totally new experience for me. After some failed yum’s and rpm -i’s, I started reading. Internet is full of Linux documentation and Google is my friend and also the helpful Linux users worldwide (thanks).

I am starting to get a hang of it. Along the way I have started learning several interesting things like the rc.d system, initlevels and so on.

I think the server should be initially in initlevel 3 (text) mode. Frankly I don’t wan’t to secure x server related ports at this time.

BTW: init 0 and init 6 are really nice touches.

The default system had apache, sendmail, mysql etc. but they are not starting automatically. I need to configure them. Then comes firewall. I want to use an ISP configuration tool. I don’t want to be an ISP. However I couldn’t find anything simpler to configure DNS, firewall, domains, sub-domains etc.

Finally I will focus on hardening the server, installing all patches and then testing. Looks like I have a long weekend ahead of me but I am not complaining. It is kind of an adventure. I plan to write-up short how-to’s after the experience.

July 7, 2006: 8:41 am

I enjoyed your ode to dreamhost :)

July 7, 2006: 7:34 am

Funny. I’m doing exactly the same thing this weekend: setting up a linux web/mail/database environment on a dedicated server with little or no prior linux system administration experience.

Good luck to us.

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