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    Direct Admin Server Checklist *UPDATED*

    Moderator's Note: This post was made on July 3rd, 2003. It's out of date. Some of the links are out of date, and some of the suggestions are no longer required.

    Ok. I'm going to start a DirectAdmin server checklist.

    Install DirectAdmin
    Install DirectAdmin

    Recompile Apache
    Custom Apache Recompile Script

    Upgrade Packages & Software
    Upgrade OpenSSH
    Upgrading OpenSSL
    Kernel Upgrade *TESTED ON REDHAT 7.0,7.1,7.2,7.3,8.0,9.0* -- if lilo.conf does not exist (REDHAT 8.0,9.0) ignore the lilo.conf steps

    Security Packages
    Change all passwords regularly (do not make Admin and Root passwords the same as eachother)
    Admin:
    /usr/bin/passwd
    (set new password)
    Root:
    su -
    /usr/bin/passwd
    (set new password)
    Disable Telnet - (you should always use SSH Level 2)
    Disable Direct Root Login (must login as admin and use 'su -' to get to root) and force SSH Level 2
    Hide Apache & Other Service Info
    ChkRootKit
    APF (Advanced Policy Firewall)
    TripWire
    Snort
    Clam AntiVirus

    Monitoring, Management, Maintenance & Other
    SIM (System Integrity Monitor)
    HotSaNIC
    LogWatch

    Optimization
    PHPAccelerator *DO NOT INSTALL IF YOU HAVE ZEND INSTALLED OR DID ./buld zend DURING THE APACHE RECOMPILATION*
    Optimize MySQL 4
    Mod_GZIP

    [size=4]General How-Tos[/url]
    Nameserver Setup
    Provide Private Nameservers (good for reseller) without using up extra IPs!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Skinning
    loopX Skin

    Last Update: 4th July, 2003
    Change Log
    8th July, 2003:
    - Added Skinning category
    4th July, 2003:
    - Added the Optimization and General How-Tos categories

    That's it for now folks, but I'll be updating it in the future
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    If apache was installed by someone else, how do you tell if Zend Optimizer is already installed? There seems to be a "Zend Optimizer" in phpinfo() but nothing explicitly stated.

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    There is a tool that is used to check for zend; to see if your server is capable of running the whois cart on your server.
    URL Updated 8/8/05 http://www.whoiscart.net/

    Look for the diagnostics tool on there site and download it to your machine.

    I also recomend the whois cart which supports Direct Admin.
    My experience with this company has been great.
    The owner of whoiscart.net even found that my server had been hacked, and took the time to explain to me exactly how it was hacked and what was causing problems on my server.

    Anyways upload the files to a directory on your server. Then run the script by browsing to the folder you created and the script will run and let you know if you have zend installed.

    Good luck -Jason
    Last edited by jdlitson; 08-07-2005 at 11:18 PM.

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    Small addition...

    I have to execute /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/spam.sh for exim to be able to work.., might save some headaces if you are trying to figure out why the mail won't work..

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    Re: Direct Admin Server Checklist *UPDATED*

    Originally posted by TAH-Max
    Kernel Upgrade *TESTED ON REDHAT 7.0,7.1,7.2,7.3,8.0,9.0* -- if lilo.conf does not exist (REDHAT 8.0,9.0) ignore the lilo.conf steps
    our RH 9.0 server uses lilo, and i cant see why 8.0 wouldn't use it? also, double check that the latest version of the kernel is setup in either lilo or grub to startup unless of course you want either problems or your server to be booted with your current / previous kernel

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    Great list TAH-Max, I'll be using it when I get my VDS

    Matt

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    all the links seem dead, anyone notice that?

    or.. just go to the general forum and use those links
    Last edited by lnguyen; 12-07-2004 at 09:24 PM.

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    If you replace rackshack with ev1servers they do work.
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    Re: Direct Admin Server Checklist *UPDATED*

    Originally posted by TAH-Max
    Ok. I'm going to start a DirectAdmin server checklist.

    Install DirectAdmin
    Install DirectAdmin

    Recompile Apache
    Custom Apache Recompile Script

    Upgrade Packages & Software
    Upgrade OpenSSH
    Upgrading OpenSSL
    Kernel Upgrade *TESTED ON REDHAT 7.0,7.1,7.2,7.3,8.0,9.0* -- if lilo.conf does not exist (REDHAT 8.0,9.0) ignore the lilo.conf steps

    Security Packages
    Change all passwords regularly (do not make Admin and Root passwords the same as eachother)
    Admin:
    /usr/bin/passwd
    (set new password)
    Root:
    su -
    /usr/bin/passwd
    (set new password)
    Disable Telnet - (you should always use SSH Level 2)
    Disable Direct Root Login (must login as admin and use 'su -' to get to root) and force SSH Level 2
    Hide Apache & Other Service Info
    ChkRootKit
    APF (Advanced Policy Firewall)
    TripWire
    Snort
    Clam AntiVirus

    Monitoring, Management, Maintenance & Other
    SIM (System Integrity Monitor)
    HotSaNIC
    LogWatch

    Optimization
    PHPAccelerator *DO NOT INSTALL IF YOU HAVE ZEND INSTALLED OR DID ./buld zend DURING THE APACHE RECOMPILATION*
    Optimize MySQL 4
    Mod_GZIP

    [size=4]General How-Tos[/url]
    Nameserver Setup
    Provide Private Nameservers (good for reseller) without using up extra IPs!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Skinning
    loopX Skin

    Last Update: 4th July, 2003
    Change Log
    8th July, 2003:
    - Added Skinning category
    4th July, 2003:
    - Added the Optimization and General How-Tos categories

    That's it for now folks, but I'll be updating it in the future
    The above quote was mass-edited to include fixed links.

    TextPad Search & Replace > *

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    Which links were broken?

    I may want to edit the first post to fix the links if the original poster isn't around to do it.

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    * Kernel Upgrade *TESTED ON REDHAT 7.0,7.1,7.2,7.3,8.0,9.0* -- if lilo.conf does not exist (REDHAT 8.0,9.0) ignore the lilo.conf steps

    * Disable Telnet - (you should always use SSH Level 2)

    * Disable Direct Root Login (must login as admin and use 'su -' to get to root) and force SSH Level 2

    * Hide Apache & Other Service Info

    * ChkRootKit

    * APF (Advanced Policy Firewall)

    * SIM (System Integrity Monitor)

    * HotSaNIC

    * LogWatch

    Those are the links that were broken.
    Replace "http://forum.rackshack.net/" with "http://forum.ev1servers.net/"

    or just copy/paste my fixed post

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    Thanks... let's give the original poster a chance to fix it for a day or two.

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    Several links are still broken

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    these howto is out of date.
    see date 2004

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    The last time the author visited the forum was in September of 2003.

    Does anyone want to take responsibility for rewriting this? If so, go for it .

    The thread isn't officially a How-To; it's posted in Installation / System Requirements. I've edited it to point out that it's obsolete.

    Jeff
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    I'm about to rebuild two servers. I'll be more than happy to post out the items that I do and what products that I use.

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    The amount of support I see on these forums is sooo less.
    I just hope most of these people atleast get help via email.

    Either way, would love to see some howtos with new versions, etc.

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    As I've posted previously, the thread was created by a volunteer and is obsolete. The author hasn't visited these forums in almost four years.

    I've closed the thread.

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