Tag: Hosting

User VHosting

Posted by on August 30, 2006 | No comments

So, previously, I detailed how to do web virtual hosting to directories on the file system. This is all well and good, but I want to have users pidgeon holed into their own directories, plus I want users own websites to be stored under their own directories in a similar format to that used in the previous article (eg. /home/user/web/example.org/subdomain)

The problem lies with mapping domain names (example.org) onto user accounts (Alice? Bob?). This is where Apache and mod_rewrite come to the rescue again. On Wintermute I’ve installed Apache 2, but this recipe will work just as well with Apache 1.3. » Read the full post

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Posted by on July 7, 2006 | 3 comments

So, to reiterate – the main server (Wist) will hold all my own stuff, then I’ll be creating a user Virtual Server (Wintermute) on top of that for users to play with and/or break. All the user stuff is backended in a Xoops database using Xoops groups.

Wist is installed with Debian Sarge using a custom kernel including the vserver patches from Debian. This sort of thing is detailed elsewhere so I won’t go over it again here.

The core server software (all from the Debian archive) will include: Apache 1.3 with PHP4, Apache-SSL, Bind, MySQL 4.1, Exim4, ClamAV and Dovecot (I’ll be detailing the email setup seperately) » Read the full post

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Migratory changes…

Posted by on July 2, 2006 | No comments

Over the last 12 months I’ve become increasingly disenchanted with the value for money of the colo server I rent (xev.arricc.net) from Serversure. When I first took out the contract, it was the best there was, and as my bandwidth at the time was very low, 5Gb/month was an acceptable limitation.

Since then my bandwidth has gone over that fairly regularly. So I went shopping about. After a lot of time spend trying to convert € and $ into £ I eventually settled on the basic root server offering from 1&1 Internet (wist.arricc.net). The benefits? unlimited bandwidth and serial console access to the server – not to mention the spec is about double the memory and Mhz of Xev!

I’ve made a number of changes to the setup of Wist over Xev, with (hopefully!) no loss of services. Not least is the implementation of virtual servers. This has allowed me to let users run PHP scripts in a sandbox which won’t affect my own projects.

I’m going to attempt to detail the setup in stages as there are a number of things to cover – vservers, webservers & virtual hosting, database server, host access(ssh, ftp, etc.) – so hopefully I’ll be able to break them down in meaningful stages!


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