Setting up Web Development Server (1/4)

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First thing in establishing your own software development company is to setup a development server, this way your developers can synchronize and manage their work as a team. This is a 4 step instruction on how to setup a development server. Software includes:

  • SSH – remote access to server.
  • VSFTP – upload/download files to server.
  • Apache – web server.
  • Tomcat – java web server.
  • Postfix / SpamAssassin – mail server, needed for mailer programs.
  • Eventum – defect tracking.
  • phpBB – forum to discuss projects.
  • PHPFileNavigator – file repository for project documents.
  • MySQL – database.
  • CVS – file versionin.

So let’s go!


  • Open file /etc/ssh/sshd_config
    • Uncomment #Protocol 2,1 and change to Protocol 2
    • Apply PermitRootLogin no
    • Add Banner as login message
  • Open file /etc/ssh/ssh_config
    • Uncomment #Protocol 2,1 and change to Protocol 2
  • Limit su only to wheel group.
    • Open /etc/init.d/pam.d/su
    • Uncomment or add : auth required /lib/security/$ISA/ use_uid trust
  • Make sure one user is member of wheel group.
  • Test the settings. Do not logout as root, instead open a new connection. Configuration changes might disable your ssh access forever.


  • Install VSFTP via yum. yum install vsftpd
  • Disable anonymous access.
  • Setup banner.
  • Enable ftp only to listed users by setting.
    • userlist_deny=NO
    • Update list of users allowed for ftp in /etc/vsftpd.user_list
  • Setup chrooted ftp access as follows:
    • chroot_list_enable=YES
    • chroot_local_user=YES
  • Set FTP for autorun.
    • chkconfig add vsftpd
    • chkconfig vsftpd on
  • In order to support PASV, high ports needs to be opened on IPTABLES. This is disabled in the iptables file. So, add the following commands:
    • pasv_enable=YES
    • pasv_min_port=65000
    • pasv_max_port=65534
    • pasv_address=[your_ip_address]
  • Test the settings. Run vsftpd by issuing /etc/init.d/vsftpd star

Continued… Setting up Web Development Server (2/4)

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