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VPS with Hestia - Some configuration to heavy for me!


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With the actual weather in Luxembourg, it's a nightmare to be a non-professional, trying to configure a VPS, when you have to sit with your laptop outside, in order to have Internet access. Nevertheless, the major part of my website is running, DNS issues resolved thanks to the help found in this forum, Perl CGI figured out by myself after some 6 hours of hard work. Today, I configured mail and my server receives emails, including emails with non existing accounts going to a default one. Sending emails seems fine, too. However:

- Has anyone an idea, what I must do to use webmail? With http://www.mydomain.lu/webmail, I get a "page not found" error (the same for https). To note that there is no webmail folder in my domain's web or mail directory. Have I to run some setup script for Roundcube, that perhaps creates this folder?

Another problem, that I have no idea how to solve, is awstats. Awstats is actually running, but is only accessible via http. In fact, it does not work with the alias, defined in the generated config, but with an alias I created myself.

- Is there some additionnal configuration to do, if I want to access the awstas pages with https? And why, when accessing it with http, the pages are immediately displayed, with a "basicauth/require valid user" set for the awstats directory?

Forgive me for asking, concerning sth that seems evident, but I'm not sure, because Hestia does lots of things automatically.

- When I changed my SSH port, the connection with PuTTY was timed out. May that be, because I have to open the new port in iptables? And if I change the port, have I to use the new port for secure FTP, too, or are these two things, that have nothing to do with each other?

Sorry, for all these questions, but the Hestia documentation is limited to some specific points and there are very few webpages, where I found some usefull information. Thanks in advance.


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For webmail, try webmail.mydomain.lu and/or mail.mydomain.lu. The reason for this is that Hestia should have configured A DNS records for mail and webmail to your VPS's IP.

For the other things you're asking, sorry, no idea. I don't even know what awstats are. 🙂 

One question for you: How did you change the ssh port? I would also like to do that (new VPS with Hestia, still struggling to set it up).


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Of course, it's webmail.mydomain.lu and not www.mydomain.lu/webmail. Sometimes you don't see the most evidents things. 🙂

awstats is a nice statistics application, that I also used on Tommy.

Because of the timeout, I switched back to port 22. To change the port: In Hestia, as admin user, push the "Servers" button, scroll down to SSH and chose "Edit". The SSH configuration file is displayed. Change the Port key from 22 into your new port and uncomment this line.

Struggling like me... In fact, my site is full functional now; did MariaDB and connection with Perl yesterday. But there are lots of admin tasks to do, for example, configuring antivirus for mail directory. Really a lots of work for just one month. But, learned a lot about Linux!

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Glad to hear you got everything working! Yeah, a VPS can be quite a bit of work to get running correctly (and as you said, you'll learn a lot about managing a linux server in the process), but once working, it can mostly just sit there and do its thing. :) 


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Thanks. But it will never be more for me than a work-around during the time, Tommy is rebuild. Two big differences: 1. Security. I'm really scared being  hacked. 2. If something doesn't work, on the VPS, I have to fix it myself, whereas on Tommy, there are lots of very kind people, who have all the knowledge, that I'm to old to acquire, who look after it. But, the experience is amazing, that's true.

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