Category Archives: Server project

Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux – EPEL HowTo

EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is a volunteer-based community effort from the Fedora project to create a repository of high-quality add-on packages that complement the Fedora-based Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and its compatible spinoffs, such as CentOS and Scientific Linux.

Adding EPEL repo is very easy:

rpm -Uvh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

From unknown reason for me, CentOS 6.x goes without php-mcrypt package and it is impossible to install this rpm from base repos. Some apps will complain about this and one of the solutions is to install this rpm from EPEL repo… After you added EPEL repo, type:

yum install php-mcrypt

CentOS server – Simple quota howto

From time to time you can run into storage issues where users are uncontrolled and they decide to use your storage as their own. There are several solutions for this problem and I’ll tell you the two of them. The first solution is to delete their account and brake their arms so they won’t be able to use computer at all. This solution is now always acceptable so you should check the second one…

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CentOS server – Vsftpd Howto

To set up your CentOS as a secure FTP server, follow the next couple steps

Install VSFTPD with

yum install vsftpd

Turn on vsftpd auto start with

chkconfig --level 235 vsftpd on

Open vsftpd.conf

nano /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

and edit the next:

1. Change anonymous_enable=YES to anonymous_enable=NO

2. Uncomment chroot_local_user=YES line (In CentOS 5.x you will need to add this line)

3. Change the default port number from 21 to XXXXX (where XXXXX is above 1024) with listen_port=XXXXX

It this line doesn’t exist, paste it to the end of the file. Be sure that port XXXXX is accessible.

Restart vsftpd with service vsftpd restart. Please keep in mind that changing default port number doesn’t mean that your server is 100% secured. It will help you to avoid random dictionary attacks and your log files will be much smaller. Good password is a MUST.

CentOS server – Webmin howto

Webmin is a web-based app for system administration for Unix/Linux. With Webmin, you can setup user accounts, web server, mail server  and much more.

In this post, I’ll show how to install Webmin on RedHat based distros.

Download webmin with


Install webmin with with

rpm -Uvh webmin*

After installation, start Webmin with “service webmin start”. You can access Webmin via web browser (localhost:10000)

It is good idea to change the default port. To do this, open miniserv.conf (usually /etc/webmin/miniserv.conf) with

nano /etc/webmin/miniserv.conf

and change the default port number from 10000 to something more secure (port=23345 for example). Save the file and restart Webmin (service webmin restart).