Server Setup

This page is more for my benefit, but I thought I’d share the steps I use when I configure a fresh Ubuntu server. This post assumes you’re familiar with command-line stuff or are proficient with Google and/or Stack Overflow.

  1. I opt for a minimal install and then manually add what I need. When the time comes, I install only OpenSSH and Standard System Utilities.
  2. Once I get logged in, I generate the locale and configure the time zone because installing everything else seems to go more smoothly.
    locale-gen en_US en_US.UTF-8 # Or as appropriate
    dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
  3. Time to configure the DNS servers with Cloudflare, OpenDNS and Google DNS . I’ll make /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/head so it’s at the top of the resolve list and it’ll stick between reboots.
    #Cloudflare IPv6
    #OpenDNS IPv6
    #Google IPv6
    #Cloudflare IPv4
    #OpenDNS IPv4
    #Google IPv4
  4. Next, I update apt and start installing what I need, typically starting with nano (because I can never remember the commands for vi,) some command line utilities, and LAMP server (Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python)
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install nano update-notifier-common build-essential dnsutils
    sudo apt install lamp-server^ # The caret is important
    sudo apt install certbot # For Let's Encrypt certificates (follow instructions @
    sudo a2enmod rewrite ssl

From here, I’ll start mucking with mail servers. This step is a work in progress as I’m still figuring it out. [3 Dec 2017]

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These guides have helped setting up mail filtering and signing, as well as using the existing Lets Encrypt certificates for securing transmission.