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Old 10-25-2003, 03:09 PM   #1
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Distribution: Redhat 9.0, SuSE, Lindows, Mandrake
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Red face How to setup a Hosting server?

I am very new to Linux (I use red hat 9), so please tell me instructions very simply (I have been using XP).

My Question is how (what progams do I need, ect.) do i setup a full blown hosting server (Mail [SMTP, POP3], Coldfusion MX [Main web server], DNS).

Another question about the DNS server... Is this what I need to have my domain not forwarded, if not how do I go about doing that.

Thanks for your help. List your personal answers and websites that will give me newbie help.
Old 10-25-2003, 03:56 PM   #2
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don't know if this helps but as far as programs, Red Hat 9 should have the mail and DNS (don't know about coldfusion) programs already available (if you installed them with the OS).

I presonally have setup a DNS server via webmin and I think you can setup a Mail server as well. If you have samba already installed, look for an rpm called webmin (look at It makes it really easy to setup and configure many applications. Also, you might want to try to do a google search for DNS configuration and linux. I seem to find many useful links. Sorry i couldn't be more of a help.
Old 11-10-2003, 01:43 PM   #3
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I can't help on the Mail or DNS servers much, but I would suggest Apache for a webserver. It's very flexible and is included in Red Hat 9. In most cases, after you install Red Hat, Apache will run automatically at boot, with no configuration needed.

Basically, what you would need for a full-blown server are these programs:
- Apache (web server)
- Bind (DNS server)
- .... and I can't say the name of a mail server off the top of my head, but it's listed in the server section of the Red Hat installation (or add/remove programs).

That's my little tid-bit. Sorry I couldn't say much more. I'm not a server guru by any means (yet... )

Good luck!


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