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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


    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
    -> Upgrade OpenSSH to fix recent exploit
    -> Upgrade ProFTPd to fix recent exploit
    -> Configure POP3S (Secure POP3) with xinetd
    -> Change Shell Passwords - Below


    (set new password)


    su -
    (set new password)

    Other Users:

    su - <username>
    (set new password)

    Go back to root:


    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)

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

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

    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
    -> 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

    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

    Last edited by ProWebUK; 11-26-2003 at 05:52 PM.

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