My birthday present: a server renting, Kimsufi (provided by OVH) with “Ubuntu Server Edition” installed (10.04 LTS). The step-by-step configuration is described in these posts, the first one being the first connexion and the basic configuration.
A raw distribution with SSH access is delivered. Two emails are sent by OVH:
- the first one, when creating the user account, gives access to the manager interface on OVH website;
- the second one, when the server is ready, gives the server IP and the root’s password.
Open a terminal and type:
where IP is the server IP address (or its name); enter the password.
The original password can be modified by
passwd: changing the password and keeping it in a safe location is highly recommended.
The packages are updated by:
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
Network Time Protocol install
The Network Time Protocol (or NTP) is a protocol for synchronizing the clock of your server over time servers. NTP is simply installed by
apt-get install ntpq
and can be configured by editing the file
/etc/net.conf where time servers can be added. My Kimsufi server is located near Paris so I added the following time servers:
server ntp.ubuntu.com server ntp1.jussieu.fr server ntp.obspm.fr
Then the NTP daemon has to be restarted so that the modifications are taken into account:
service ntp restart
and the time servers list can be checked by:
Additional information : Ubuntu NTP documentation.
Backup FTP configuration
Connecting to the manager interface, a FTP backup can be activated and used to save some files (up to 100 Go).