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Dedicated server setup

We use a variety of dedicated servers. Recently we have some from online.net. Simple and easy to setup using their online admin features.

One created the next step is to install an OS. Again this is easy by selecting INSTALL option and choosing CENTOS. You can use a choice of OS’s but we have used CENTOS for quite a few years and are very happy with it.

At this point you enter your credentials and passwords, don’t forget them !
The install process can take up to an hour so come back later.

The second stage is to load on web administration software. Our choice for many years has been [ Virtualmin ]. The easiest way to get the install script onto your server, is to login to your server and use wget or curl. For example:
# wget http://software.virtualmin.com/gpl/scripts/install.sh

Again this is a straightforward process using [ Virtualmin instructions ]. In the first instance we can install the free version, Virtualmin GPL, howver, it is well worth the licence fee to manage the system when you have a few domains installed.

To log into the bare server using SSH we use [ Putty ] , a great TTY console program.

Once you have installed Virtualmin you will then have a web admistration interface to setup and access your domains. You would then go to https://192.168.1.1:10000
(remember to use the IP address of your server) to login to the web administration interface.

DO NOT FORGET to disable SSH1 on server. "Allow RSA (SSH 1) authentication? most definitely NO"

The next stage is to consider the first domain on the server. Initially all you will have is an IP address therefore a domain name needs to point to this IP address.

Once you have registered your domain, use Virtualmin to `Create Virtual Server`. Setting up the domain using the steps below will provide all the features you need for a basic domain to work on the server (website, DNS, mail etc).


More to follow.....