Linux Server Build Log

I’m in the process of building a new Linux server at the office (Dell PowerEdge 1650). I’m building it using Fedora. Given that this box is going to do a lot, I figured I’d keep a log of all of the things that I have done so that it will be easier to troublehoot as well as to replicate in the future.

2/2 – I also installed Mailgraph – a RRDtool frontend for Postfix statistics, so graph the amount of email traffic flowing through the box (it also categorizes the traffic and errors for spam, rejects, etc.)

2/2 – I installed amavis-stats which reports and graphs statistics about the viruses passing throught the system

2/2 – Installed RRDTool which will be used by many things for graphing performance.

1/30 – Installed amavisd-new a wrapper for ClamAV so that it can be used by postfix to scan emails for viruses. Amavisd can also integrate SpamAssassin, but I chose not to go this route becuase I wanted more control over SA then I would have gotten.

1/28 – Installed ClamAV an GPL UNIX anti-virus application. I did the install via up2date and the rpm (need to modify u2pdate config see clamav site for details)

1/27 – change the options in /etc/init.d/spamd to SPAMDOPTIONS=”-d -c -a -m5 -u mail –socketpath=/var/run/spamd.sock -H”

1/27 – Copy script to /etc/init.d/spamd and then chkconfig –add spamd to get it to start automatically at boot time.

1/26 – Install SpamAssassin (the best anti-spam software!)

1/26 – Installed pyzor an opensource razor clone. I suspect that I will need to modify the mail account so that I can run the discover options of both pyzor and razor, but we’ll see.

1/26 – Installed DCC. I also got dccifd working (this is a first). All you need to do is copy /var/dcc/libexec/rcDCC to /etc/init.d/DCC. Then run chkconfig –add DCC to add it to automatically start at bootup.

1/26 – Before complining razor, there is a patch in the SpamAssassin distribution to make razor work in taint mode. I applied it to the source tree before compling with patch -p0 -d /usr/local/src/razor-agents-2.36/lib/Razor2/ < Razor2.patch

1/26 – Installed razor, this required the following perl modules to be installed (did this via CPAN)


1/26 – had to do a force install of the Net::SSLeay perl module (via CPAN), but everything looks OK

1/22 – enable asynchronous logging for postfix by putting a singe dash “-” in front of the /var/log/maillog entry in /etc/syslog.conf file

1/22 – Run the following three commands to copy the necessary files so that postfix can be run chroot

cp -p /etc/localtime /var/spool/postfix/etc/localtime
cp /etc/resolv.conf /var/spool/postfix/etc/resolv.conf
cp /etc/hosts /var/spool/postfix/etc/hosts

1/22 – I had to create the /var/spool/postfix/etc directory. There was actually a file named that with the contents from /etc/resolv.conf file

1/22 – Edit /etc/postfix/aliases and update the root entry to point to a “real” person

1/22 – Use ntsysv to have postfix load automatically.

1/22 – Installed Postfix email system with yum install postfix

1/22 – Removed all sendmail packages with rpm -qa | grep sendmail | xargs rpm -e command

1/21 – Updated ntp to listen to our two external ntp servers (entries in /etc/ntp.conf and /etc/ntp.d/step-tickers). This insures accurate time sync across all of our servers. Also have to comment out the restrict default ignore and restrict entry in /etc/ntp.conf file.

1/21 – Installed Dell OpenManage Server Assistant – requires some specifc updates see this post for details

1/19 – Updated system using yum update command (requires babysitting)

1/19 – Installed Fedora (have to use NFS Mount install)

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