Build Low Cost LAMP Server using Ubuntu Edgy Eft in about 15min

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Automatic LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) In about 15 minutes, the time it takes to install Ubuntu Edgy Server Edition, you can have a LAMP server up and ready to go. This feature, exclusive to Ubuntu Server Edition, is available at the time of installation.


The LAMP option saves the trouble of installing and integrating each of the four separate LAMP components, a process which can take hours and requires someone who is skilled in the installation and configuration of the individual applications. You get increased security, reduced time to install, and reduced risk of misconfiguration, all of which results in a lower cost of ownership.

Ubuntu LAMP server Install the following Versions

Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10
Apache 2.0.55
Mysql 5.0.24a
PHP 5.1.6

First you need to download server version of Ubuntu version from here after that you create a CD and start booting with the CD Once it starts booting you should see the following screen in this you need to select second option "Install to the Hard disk Option" and press enter


Choose you language and press enter you can see we have selected english in the follwoing screen

Choose your location and press enter you can see we have have selected United Kingdom in the follwoing screen

If you want to try to have your keyboard layout detected by pressing a series of keys you need to select yes option and if you don't want that and you want to choose from a list click no in this example we have selected no and press enter

Select Origin of keyboard and press enter

Select keyboard layout and press enter

Detecting hardware to find CD-ROM Drivers in progress

Scanning CD-ROM in Progress

Loading additional components progress bar

Configures the network with DHCP if there is a DHCP server in the network

Enter the Hostname of the system so in this example i enter here as ubuntulamp


Detecting Disks and Hardware in progress

Startingup the partitioner in progress

you have to partition your hard disk in this i have selected manually edit the partition table and press enter

It will show you the hard disk space and press enter here i am using vmware with 10.7GB of space

Create a New partition table on the device select yes and press enter

Now you can see the freespace and press enter

How to use this freespace select create a new partition and press enter

Enter the new patition size and press continue i have entered 100mb in this example

Select the type of the partition and press enter in this example i have selected primary

Location for the new partition as begining and press enter

Now you need to select the mount point with the following screen and press enter to change mount point

Now you can see the available mount points and here i have selected /boot mount point and press enter

Now you should see the following screen and here you need to select "Done Setting Up the Partition" option and press enter This will create the /boot mount point with 100mb of space and you can create the / mount point in the same way with the existing space.

you can see this in the following screen here you need to select "Finish partitioning and write changes to disk" option and press enter

Write the changes to disk option here you need to select yes and press enter

Creating ext3 filesystem in progress

Configuring the clock option here if you want to leave UTC Select yes otherwise no and press enter

You need enter the Full name of the user you want to create for your server in this example i have created administrator user select continue and press enter


username for your account in this i have entered test select continue and press enter


Entered the password for test user select continue and press enter

Confirm the password for test user select continue and press enter

Installing the base system in progress

Configuring package mirror this will be related to your country option

Now it will start Installing software and here you need to select the server options if you want DNS or LAMP i have selected as LAMP for our LAMP server installation


Software Installation in Progress

Installing GRUB Boot loader in progress

Installation complete message here you need to remove your CD select continue and press enter it will reboot your server

After rebooting you can see the following screen prompt for username


This will complete the Ubuntu LAMP Server Installation and your server is ready for installing applications which supports apache,mysql and php.

Enable root Account in Ubuntu server (Not Recommended for security Reasons this is just Optional)

After the reboot you can login with your previously created username (test). Now we will enable the root account using the following command

sudo passwd root

and give root a password.

Now onwards we become root by running the following command

su

Configuring Static ip address in Ubuntu server

Ubuntu installer has configured our system to get its network settings via DHCP, Now we will change that to a static IP address for this you need to edit Edit /etc/network/interfaces and enter your ip address details (in this example setup I will use the IP address 172.19.0.10):

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

and enter the following save the file and exit

# The primary network interface

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address 172.19.0.10
netmask 255.255.255.0
network 172.19.0.0
broadcast 172.19.0.255
gateway 172.19.0.1

Now you need to restart your network services using the following command

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

You need to setup manually DNS servers in resolv.conf file when you are not using DHCP.

sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf

You need to add look something like this

search domain.com

nameserver xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

Install SSH Server

If you want to access your server remotely through SSH you need to install SSH server for this you need to run the following command

sudo apt-get install ssh openssh-server

You will be prompted to insert the installation CD again and this will complete SSH server in your edgy lamp server.
This is really simple and easy server installation for new users and who wants a quick server.

One small Observation i have noticed in edgy LAMP installation and dapper LAMP installation was choosing LAMP server option is available in dapper at the time of booting your server CD and in edgy you need to select LAMP server option at the time of software installation.

This might be useful for users who might think there is no LAMP server option at the time of start booting their Edgy server CD.

After completing your Edgy LAMP Server Installation some of users may not be comfortable with command prompt for those users they can install webmin for their server web interface to configure apache,mysql servers.You can check here for webmin tutorials

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10 thoughts on “Build Low Cost LAMP Server using Ubuntu Edgy Eft in about 15min

  1. Hello, I have installed to hard drive but did not make choices..i just clicked enter for all and i am afraid i may not have chosen LAMP.. i need it but did not understand i needed to choose that during the install. What do i do now? Thanks… lee

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  2. from my point of view you need to install again to choose lamp option otherwise you need to install apache2,mysql with php support separately.

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  3. Oh great. Finally an answer that i thought made sense but not having done this before I was not sure. Reading over your instructions it seems that I can do this by just booting up with the install disc then following your screenshots and text to the t…correct? Thank you for your help with this. !!I’m sure I chose DNS server with my initial install by the way. I had nothing on the server before I started so wiping it clean would not be a problem either if you think its a prefered way to go.

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  4. You could also do “sudo apt-get install ubuntu-lamp” to get the lamp packages installed on the server without having to redo everything, but it’s questionable as it will take about 15 minutes to do it from scratch. :)

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  5. Hello,
    I have installed the server version of ubuntu 6.06. I wanted to have a light desktop manager, so I decided to ” sudo apt-get xubuntu-desktop”. It installed the xfce stuff but the desktop never showed up! During boot, the xubuntu logo is shown, then some weired colors and lines show up, disapear again and everything simply freezes and stalls. The monitor shows the xubuntu logo with a line of weired small items and thats it. It seemd to me that the video driver or the screen is not suported, so I did “sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg” and selected a lower resolution and color depth. It didn’t wok. Then I thought, ok I can remove the GUI and go back to the plain server version, so I did “sudo apt-get remove xubuntu-desktop”. But it didn’t help either. The machine did exactly the same and stopped at the same stage during boot. I thought maybe the xfce is not stable or so, so I installed the server over again and this time I did “sudo apt-get xubuntu-desktop” to get the gnome desktop. I have exactly the same problem as before. The funny thing is that I have installed ubuntu 6.06 and kubuntu 6.06 on the same machine without any problem. I could run a graphic resolution at “1024×768″. I wonder why the gnome or KDE desktops can’t be installed on my machine, when I start with a server installation. So far it has taken me more than 8 hours and it still doesn’t work.
    Martin

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  6. Thanks for howto. Now I have a LAMP server… Now what? Can you give any ‘next step’ advice? Or point to some of your favorite LAMP application howtos?

    Thanks,
    David

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  7. Thanks for all of the extremely helpful above but to echo Davids sentiment – what next? – how do i test my Ubuntu LAMP server?

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  8. i have built a server but how do i make it useful how do i use it?
    i need to log into it and use it for my web pages but howwww………………………..?

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  9. Yes, i agree. I have installed the LAMP setup, with the tutorial – but now what.

    I expected to be presented with configuration options, so that i could begin to use the LAMP setup to start web developing.

    I am a noobie, so where are all the LAMP Config/Usage Tutorials???

    Wilf

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  10. I’ve been using LAMP servers for three years. LAMP is an environment that enables you to build (program) dynamic web sites using html, php and MySql. The best open source projects are at sourceforge.net or freshmeat.net. My favorite LAMP open source projects are phpBB, egroupware, postnuke (postnuke.com). There are lots out there. Play around and have fun!

    -Bill

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