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The Perfect Desktop & Server

February 22, 2011

Install a new desktop client

This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. this has all the software that you need to do the things you do on a Windows desktops. Ubuntu 10.10 desktop features are detailed here.

Install a new server

Now we will install an new instance of Ubuntu Server 10.10 following this tutorial. Because we must run all the steps from this tutorial with root privileges, we can either prepend all commands in this tutorial with the string sudo, or we become root right now by typing:

sudo su
You can as well enable the root login
by running and giving root a password.
sudo passwd root

Download ISPConfig 3 – Install later

We will need to download ISPConfig 3 and install later not now.

cd /tmp
tar xfz ISPConfig-

Step 8

Next we will move to step 8 in the tutorial. Complete this step to update your system.

Step 9, 10, 11

Next follow steps 9, 10, 11.

Step 5 – Install The SSH Server

Install SSH server and test. PuTTY was originally a Windows product but you can install it from the Ubuntu desktop too, use apt-get (and not aptitude) or Synaptic.

Step 15 – Install PureFTPd And Quota

Test this service with the Filezilla client from the Ubuntu desktop

Complete the rest of the setup

You will have to step back and forward to complete the other steps. Please re-read the tutorial to make sure that you have instaled all the services listed.

Step 6 – Install fix for vi

Next change the VMware setting from NAT to Host Only.

Step 7 – Configure the network

Because the Ubuntu installer has configured our system to get its network settings via DHCP, we have to change that now because a server should have a static IP address.

Finally configure a hostname for the server:

echo > /etc/hostname
/etc/init.d/hostname restart

Step 21 – Install ISPConfig 3

To install ISPConfig 3 from the latest released version, do this:

cd ispconfig3_install/install/
php -q install.php

This will start the ISPConfig 3 installer, please go to Step 21 in the tutorial.


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