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I just got myself a slicehost basic slice to play around with so I can learn how to setup web-servers.

I have Ubuntu 10.04.2 installed on the server.

I was able to successfully get the server up and running from scratch, these were the things I did - following this tutorial. I know this is probably just a starters tutorial, so, I was wondering if you guys can tell me what you like to do while setting up production servers.

These are the steps that were followed :

  • Update and Upgrade Ubuntu
  • sudo apt-get install apache2 php5-mysql libapache2-mod-php5 mysql-server
  • Backup a copy of and edit apache2.conf Set :
    'ServerTokens Full' to 'ServerTokens Prod'
    'ServerSignature On' to 'ServerSignature Off'
  • Backup php.ini and then Change “expose_php = On” to “expose_php = Off”
  • Restart Apache

  • Install Shorewall firewall
  • Configure Shorewall to only accept HTTP and SSH connections(in the rules file)
  • Enable shorewall on startup
  • Add the website to the server :

    sudo usermod -g www-data root
    sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www
    sudo chmod -R 775 /var/www
    

    Edit :
    More steps :
    1) Create another user account and Disable the root account.
    2) Change the port for ssh.

    Please feel free to add the things are left out/done wrong that you would otherwise do for a production server. Much appriciated, thanks! :)

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    I think your installation is ok.

    If you use PHP you can use "apc" for php caching for better performance:

    apt-get install php-apc
    
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