Debian 6.0 Squeeze – Initial Server Setup

This guide is intended to be used in an environment where you have a barebones install of Debian 6.0 server. This could be on one of the various cloud platforms such as Rackspace, AWS, Linode, and others or on a bare metal box after you’ve performed a minimal installation.

I aim to take you from a barebones install to a secured and up-to-date configuration which you can then use for a variety of implementations (we’ll cover some of the more common in a future guide).

This is part 1 and I’ll post the follow-up guides as quickly as I can. This is enough to get just about anyone started though.

CREDITS: Some of this material I’ve pieced together from various sources including some old Slicehost articles for previous versions of Debian and this excellent post a few weeks ago, plus a few of my own insights.

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Site Migrated & New Theme

So I’ve decided that in order to keep my command line skills sharp and to continue learning even more, I needed to move my main site(s) over to a Cloud Server where I manage the entire LAMP stack directly. After some headaches with WordPress I’ve completed the migration and things are up and running smoothly — and fast! I took this opportunity to start with a clean WordPress install as well since this site was started on a very old version. I reinstalled all of my plugins, dropped a few, make a few other tweaks and then simply imported all my posts and comments instead of a database restore. What most people will probably notice is the new theme, or lack thereof. I sometimes prefer the minimalist approach and I found a great theme framework that I like, just the way it is. I still have a few tweaks to make but I’m almost there.

I’d appreciate some feedback on the new look/feel and any suggestions are always welcome!