first of all apologies for any "unclear" statements as I am not a "server" guy.
Before we get a person to manage our server we first need hints on how to proceed with the "fresh" dedicated server setup (as we are under time preassure here).
The server is going to be used for Appache, MySQL, PHP based portals (eshops, social site, etc)
We have this HW:
IBM 4x Xeon 2.7Ghz; 32 bit
8GB RAM; 2x 160GB
Two days ago we were provided wit this new Linux dedicated information:
OS Distribution: Debian
IP address: 88.2222.44.8 (not our real address, this is for illustration only)
pass: xyz8822 again for illustration only (FIO)
Additionally we were told that all what is initially installed on this server is:
the system (Debian) and SSH server (all I know is that this is needed for access via Putty SSH client).
When I type in my FireFox the IP address: 88.2222.44.8 it brings me nowehere (Server not found).
We have a domain ready for this server: xyzhost.com (again FIO)
We are also ready to buy a 3 year Cpanel/WHM license.
When I'm logged via Putty and go to the main directory I can see this:
bin etc initrd.img.old media proc selinux tmp vmlinuz
boot home lib mnt root srv usr vmlinuz.old
dev initrd.img lost+found opt sbin sys var
Further as stated above I found no Apache, Mysql, PHP, ImageMagick, etc..
So probably some initial setup is needed.
Now what to do first?
a) To install WHM/Cpanel
The installation of WHM and Cpanell is included in the 3 year license price.
My question - is it sufficient to provide them with our initial IP address (88.2222.44.8)?
Our domain xyzhost.com is not pointing to ns1.xyzhost.com and ns2.xyzhost.com yet as we don't have our nameservers set up (I believe this is going to be done in WHM once installed)
b) once we have WH/Cpanel - we setup xyzhost.com nameservers and point our domain to them. Or should we do that before even though we don't have those nameservers ready yet?
Once the domain resolves to the nameservers -> in WHM/Cpanel we will be able to set up the web space, ftp and mail for our xyzhost.com domain
c) Appache, MySQL, PHP installation?
Do we need to buy any license for MySQL (our server center only provides the basic server, no software licenses)
Which versions of Appache, MySQL,PHP are recommended?
Any other recommendations on what basic software/applications we should not forget at this stage (firewall ?)