Howto: Ubuntu/LDAP/Postfix

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Howto: Ubuntu/LDAP/Postfix

Post by Tinman »

This is the end result of a months work learning Linux and all the associated modules I needed to setup phpmyFAQ on our Windows 2003 domain. This should be of help to completely novice users like myself. If you notice something wrong here, please point it out to me.

1. Install Ubuntu 9.10 server ( with the following options...

Detect keyboard layout? no
Use eth1: (eth0 is NIC on motherboard, which typically hasn't worked for me. I've needed to install a 2nd NIC on all my linux servers)
hostname: LinuxFAQ (or whatever you want)
Guided - Use entire disk and set up LVM
Remove existing logical volume data? Yes
Write the changes to disk and configure LVM? Yes
Write the changes to disk? Yes
Full name for new user: LinuxAdmin
Username for your account: LinuxAdmin
Password: <password>
Encrypt Home dir? Yes
No http proxy
For test server - No automatic updates
For permanent server - Install security updates automatically
Select LAMP server and OpenSSH Server
MySQL "root" user password: <password>
remove disc, reboot

2. Log in, and run

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to find your inet address.

3. Install Putty on Windows machine (
Type in the Inet address in Hostname (or IP address field), click open. This will open a command line prompt on a windows computer, where you can remotely execute commands on the Linux server. From this point forward, you may work through Putty, or directly on the Linux server.

4. On a domain, LDAP will allow domain users to log into the FAQ using their existing domain credentials.

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sudo apt-get install php5-ldap 
3. Install on Windows machine

4. Download and extract phpmyfaq 2.6.4 on windows machine, use Winscp to transfer phpmyfaq folder to /Home/%username%/phpmyfaq-2.6.4

5. Transfer the files from your home directory to the servers web directory. Any folder under /var/www/ will appear as a website directory.

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sudo cp -r /home/%username%/phpmyfaq-2.6.4 /var/www/faq
6. Phpmyadmin is a web interface for managing MySQL

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sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
Choose apache2
Yes to dbconfig-common

7. Goto http://<LinuxServer>/phpmyadmin, login with User: root, pass: whatever you set.

8. Under the Databases tab, create a new database. Type in the name LinuxFAQ and hit Create.

9. On the linux server, type in

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cd /var/www/faq
10. create folders for faq

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sudo mkdir -p ./attachments ./config ./data
11. modify folder permissions for faq

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sudo chmod 777  ./attachments ./config ./data
12. Configure PhpMyFAQ sql, goto http://<linuxserver>/faq and fill in the following

SQL Server host:
SQL username: root
SQL password: <password>
SQL Database: LinuxFAQ
Table Prefix: LinuxFAQ

Enable LDAP support (this file can be modified under /var/www/faq/config/)
LDAP server host: Primary Domain Controller's IP
LDAP server port: 389
LDAP username: DOMAIN\user
LDAP password: DOMAIN\user's password
DN: ou=sub folder ou=user folder, dc=any subdomains, dc=domain, dc=com ... buntu-804/

PhpMyFAQ info
Admin real name: LinuxAdmin
Admin's user: admin (has to be admin)
Admin pw: <password>

13. Once configured, it suggests deleting ./install/setup.php and ./install/update.php. I kept the files for now, but if you want to delete, type..

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Sudo rm /var/www/faq/install/setup.php
sudo rm /var/www/faq/install/setup.php

14. http://<linuxserver>/faq Login as Admin/pw, then click administration and goto the config tab. Click main configuration to expand, and scroll down and select Do you want to enable LDAP support, check box means yes. Save configuration. You should be able to log in using domain information as well using DOMAIN\user.

15. Webmin (

I used Ubuntu 9.10, because 10.04 doesn't support one of the modules from the following commands.

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sudo aptitude install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl

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sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.500_all.deb
https://<linuxserver>:10000 , accept the certificate.

16. Postfix will forward emails when new users are created in FAQ. I've configured mine to work with our Exchange 2003 server.

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sudo apt-get install postfix
... Use Tab to highlight OK, select Internet Site, take default system mail name

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cd /etc/postfix/
sudo nano
relay host = exchange server IP
Cntrl+X to save and exit

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sudo mkfifo /var/spool/postfix/public/pickup
sudo /etc/init.d/postfix restart
http://<linuxserver>/faq Login as Admin/pw,
In Configuration, change Email address of administrator.

17. In FAQ configuation, set permission level from Basic to Medium. This will allow for group permissions on categories.

18. (optional) To make the Linux server a domain member..
Realm kerberos server: Primary Domain Controller
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Re: Howto: Ubuntu/LDAP/Postfix

Post by Thorsten »


thank you very much!

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Re: Howto: Ubuntu/LDAP/Postfix

Post by pinky »

Is it possible to add walkthrough for SSO on LAMP.

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