First thing you do with your VPS

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  1. MustangV10

    MustangV10 New Member

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    What's the first thing you do when your VPS is set up? Do you install a firewall? Do you set up the DNS / BIND server(s)?


    I personally install a control panel first, usually cPanel.
  2. Rob

    Rob Administrator Staff Member

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    First i'll install either CSF/LFD or DenyHosts
    Next, i'll stop unnecessary processes (avahi-daemon, etc..)
    Next, i'll set up root to only log in w/ a key - or disable root ssh
    Next i'll set up ssh access only from certian IP addresses
    Then i'll keep an eye on the logs to see if there's anything going on that i'd need to tighten up..
  3. MustangV10

    MustangV10 New Member

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    Sounds good. Do you do server security & optimization jobs at all? I'd be interested in paying you to look at my server.
  4. Victor Leigh

    Victor Leigh Member

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    I take a short cut by installing Kloxo most of the time. When I am in an adventurous mood, I would install Webmin. Hardening a server is still a mystery to me.
  5. DaReaper

    DaReaper New Member

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    The First thing i did when i got my VPS was to install the Kloxo Control panel so that i would have access to most of the features easily and Kloxo - Host in a box installs almost majority of the required applications for Hosting.

    After which i setup my Domain name servers and slowly configure the settings. Install a strong and good Firewall. I have CSF/LFD running.

    Set up SSH and blocked unwanted open ports and secured SSH by a bit.

    Ran a scan by McAfee Secure Site to check for Vulnerabilities and fixed a couple of them over time. Usually you have to run this as and when you install any new application. Try to atleast have it run weekly.
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    mrnothersan New Member

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    Personally, unless it's been done for me, I do a yum update straight away to update the kernel etc to the latest versions. Then I install all of the software I want, then firewall (if needed), and then optimization which is key if you're on a low RAM server.

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