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    DirectAdmin | New Server Checklist

    With myself regularly recommending dedicated server owners to Foggys Ensim checklist on EV1 i thought it would be a good idea to setup something similar for DirectAdmin users.

    Hopefully this will come in useful for both experienced users and beginners with DirectAdmin servers

    Thats all i need to say, so i will leave you to read the rest



    IMPORTANT
    Disclaimer

    Before you try any how-to guides listed below, please remember that i do not take responsibilty for any problems, that may occur whilst using them or setting them up.



    Linux basics
    New to Linux? These guides may help you out

    -> Using SSH on windows OS
    -> Using SSH on MAC OS
    -> Using VI text editor
    -> Directory of linux commands
    -> Linux resource websites
    -> Beginners guide to SSH



    DirectAdmin Installation
    Useful advice for setting up your server

    -> DirectAdmin server setup guide



    Server Updates

    -> Update Kernel using UP2DATE
    -> Update kernel on dual processor servers (normal kernel update wont work)
    -> Update PHP (4.3.4) using DA custom apache build system
    -> Update apache (1.3.29) Using DA custom apache build system
    -> Update Mod_SSL (2.8.16) Using DA custom apache build system

    ModSSL, Apache and PHP updates above are all upgraded together using the custom apache build system



    Server Security
    The best software i have found to secure your server Please note that only 1 firewall should be installed)

    -> APF Firewall (make sure you allow port 2222 for DirectAdmin to work)
    -> KISS My Firewall 2.0(make sure you allow port 2222 for DirectAdmin to work)
    -> Disable Direct Root Login
    -> Disable Telnet
    -> Mask apache server & services version numbers
    -> CHKROOTKIT
    -> Upgrade OpenSSH to fix recent exploit
    -> Upgrade ProFTPd to fix recent exploit
    -> Configure POP3S (Secure POP3) with xinetd
    -> Change Shell Passwords - Below

    Admin:

    /usr/bin/passwd
    (set new password)

    Root:

    su -
    /usr/bin/passwd
    (set new password)

    Other Users:

    su - <username>
    /usr/bin/passwd
    (set new password)

    Go back to root:

    exit




    Software & Service Updates
    How-To upgrade software on your server such as PHP, MySQL & Perl

    -> Upgrading OpenSSH
    -> Upgrading OpenSSL
    -> Custom Apache build system



    General Server Setup
    The simple things that you need to do with your server

    -> Control panel login under https (secure space)
    -> Change Host Name (change "server name" under admin settings - admin control panel)
    -> Setup Default Nameservers
    -> Provide personal nameservers without using additional IP addresses
    -> Set Date & Time
    -> Remove logging of Lame-Server



    Server Monitoring
    The software applications and script listed below will help you view your servers status

    -> SIM - System intergrity monitor
    -> RPM based MRTG installation Only install 1 MRTG, do not follow both guides
    -> MRTG manually compile, configure and run
    -> Domain Monitoring Tool - (CPU usage monitor for individual domains)



    Optimization
    Install either Zend Optimzer OR PHPAccelerator, the 2 will not work together

    -> Zend Optimizer
    -> PHPAccelerator
    -> Install Mod_GZIP
    -> Optimize MySQL 4



    Statistics
    Find out how many visitors your website is going and much more information with the following

    -> Fresh install of Urchin 5
    -> Urchin V4 > Urchin V5 Upgrade
    -> Automate Urchin V5
    -> AWStats For all Domains
    -> MailScanner MRTG guide



    Add-ons & advice
    Hidden secrets in DirectAdmin along with some useful advice and other extras

    -> Adding a login form from your website
    -> SubDomain Secret >> (make sub.sub.sub.domain.com)
    -> Setting up an SSL certificate for the server
    -> Generating a self signed SSL certificate
    -> Requirements to install an SSL certificate
    -> Ensim -> DirectAdmin conversion script
    -> Read mail sent to root@localhost
    -> Site-Helper (DirectAdmin Information website)
    -> Reset MySQL Password
    -> Install PRM (process resource monitor)
    -> Install Bandwidth Bar
    -> Mask apache server & services version numbers
    -> Install Darwin streaming server
    -> Provide a MySQL user with an additional database
    -> Backup or Transfer MySQL Databases without shell or phpMyAdmin access
    -> Script to convert users to resellers & vice versa
    -> MailScanner 4.24 for Exim 4.24
    -> Full (unofficial) DirectAdmin backup guide / software


    To reset the MySQL password with DA, you have to additionally edit: /usr/local/directadmin/conf/mysql.conf to reflect your new da_admin password. also replace "root" with "da_admin"



    Known problems / bugs & fixes [NEW]
    Found a bug or problem? see if there is already a fix!

    -> TroubleShooting Section
    -> Webmail gives errors on a fresh install
    -> Fatal error: Call to undefined function: mail()
    -> Mail & POP3 errors on a fresh installation
    -> Exim fails to start - Exim configuration error
    -> Webalizer binary not found
    -> Apache fails to start



    Skins
    you have DirectAdmin, now time to get that new look!

    -> DirectAdmin skinning guide



    Skins coming soon:
    -> DirectSkin (default skin) - [Developer: DirectSkins]
    -> DA-3D - [Developer: DirectSkins]
    -> Florida Sun - [Developer: MindLash]



    Skins currently available:
    -> LoopX - [Developer: LoopForever] [Status: Unsupported]
    -> Hermes - [Developer: CyberAlien] [Status: Active]


    Skinning Extras
    Get some extra features in your skins

    -> Bandwidth graphs (percentage used) - can be easily modified for disk space also



    Have a how-to you want listed here
    To get your DirectAdmin How-to guides listed here, contact me using the link below

    -> E-Mail me

    Regards
    Chris
    Last edited by ProWebUK; 11-26-2003 at 06:52 PM.

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    At the moment i do not have a server running DirectAdmin to test these, although as soon as we have the servers i will get all of them tried and tested.

    If you have followed any of the guides please leave a message here with the status, if it worked or if it failed.

    Also feel free to contact me to have how-to guides added to the list. You can post a reply here or email me using the link in the above message

    Regards
    Chris
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    MRTG removed, RPM will be made by me soon.

    Also, John / Mark, if you read this can you please contact me with the details i asked for in the main post if possible, thanks .

    Chris
    Last edited by ProWebUK; 06-14-2003 at 03:55 PM.
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    [John / Mark, is there a page with the default versions of software included with DA?]

    http://www.directadmin.com/install.html

    Anything else? Sorry I missed the thread before. Busy busy busy.

    Mark

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    Originally posted by DirectAdmin Sales
    Anything else?
    Think thats all i need to know , theres 1 here though > http://www.directadmin.com/forum/sho...s=&threadid=70

    Originally posted by DirectAdmin Sales
    Anything else? Sorry I missed the thread before. Busy busy busy.
    No problemo, was in no rush, just the default versions will obviously help with what upgrades i should put here

    Chris
    Last edited by ProWebUK; 06-14-2003 at 04:44 PM.
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    The following HOWTO, tried and tested:

    -> Provide personal nameservers without using additional IP addresses

    Enjoy

    Chris
    Last edited by ProWebUK; 06-16-2003 at 03:45 AM.
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    This will really help out alot of people. Maybe it could be made sticky so it doesn't get lost?
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    sticky

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    -> PHPAccelerator
    That's one of my HOW-TOs (I'm MattDH )

    I'll be writing HOW-TOs for DA once all my current DA projects are complete. Keep your eyes open !
    Last edited by loopforever; 06-16-2003 at 05:57 PM.

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    Didnt realise you were MattDH, well count yourself lucky, being in the DA server checklist before you were even known as MattDH here

    Good to see you here as another of DA Groupies

    Chris
    Last edited by ProWebUK; 06-17-2003 at 08:47 AM.
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    How to setup the servers main nameservers added to the list
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    HOWTO Install MOD_GZIP added
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    Remote login forms updated to a new page with some different styles

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    Upgrading openSSH and openSSL added to the Software & Service Updates section
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    added an instal guide, updated APF link due to old one being deleted or moved, added custom apache build system also, added how to do bandwidth graphs under a new skiining how-to section

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    Now added a list of skins and will have any skinning sites for DA listed there

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    How comes your weedling lil checklist that ain't even been checked to see if it works yet got made sticky and my big one with lots of how-tos and stuff all tested on my DA server didn't
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    lots of this how-to is tested on a few red hat servers of ours, plesk and ensim are the main ones, there are hundreds i could of got from rackshack for servers although im not *sure* if they would work so i have left them out, if any one comes across a problem with these, most have uninstall and remove procedures available if needed. Basically everything *should* work on that list. There is a section of this checlist that allows you to add new howto guides if you want them added which you could have done

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    Changing the hostname wouldn't be complete without updating 'Server Name' under Administrator Settings in the Admin Panel
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    Thanks for notifiying me of that, "Change Host Name" has now been updated on the listing

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