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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[VIDEO] Setting Up Your Cloud Server

If you are thinking about testing the Cloud Servers platform or have already opened an account but are unsure of where to go next, this video is for you. I wanted to take the introduction video a step further and actually login to a newly created server and perform all the initial configurations to show you how easy it can be. If you are not familiar with the command line at all it can be a bit tough to get started, but the Rackspace Cloud offers tons of great help articles to get you going and there are some great books out there to reference as well. Once you get the basics down and do it a few times it will become like second nature.

You can follow along with the video or you can reference this KB article which follows the same basic steps I demonstrate in the video. In this tutorial we are launching a Cloud Server running Debian 5.0 Lenny.

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Rackspace Cloud Webinar Recording

Every Wednesday at 1:00PM CST I deliver a public webinar all about the Rackspace Cloud and our different platforms (Cloud Servers, Cloud Sites and Cloud Files). This webinar is open to anyone who wishes to attend and provides a great high-level overview and live demonstrations of the platforms and the control panel. This is usually followed up by some great Q&A from the participants. Because so many find this a useful overview I wanted to share a recording that you can watch and reference anytime. Click the image below to launch the video:

The Rackspace Cloud Webinar

If you would like to register for a future webinar visit this page and sign-up for a date that works for you.

Feel free to comment with any suggestions for future webinars if there is something else you would like to see.

Introduction To Cloud Servers

If you have looked at hosting in the Cloud, whether in part or whole you may have run into some limitations. This is because many platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Clouds offer little to no control over the back-end environment. This can be a good thing for many users in terms of easier management and time savings, but what if you need to run a service or app that does not fit into a pre-defined environment?

This is where infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platforms come into play like Cloud Servers from the Rackspace Cloud. With the Cloud Servers platform you have the ability to rapidly provision dedicated virtual server instances with truly protected and dedicated resources on a very granular level. The platform allows for full control over the environment just like a dedicated server would, but because you are able to get much more specific in regards to the resources needed at that time, the cost can be significantly less. In addition, you can provision these resources in a matter of minutes and even resize a Cloud Server instance on-the-fly to increase your memory, cpu allocation and disk space all without having to reconfigure the environment or migrate your data. This IS Cloud.

There are many other benefits to platforms such as Cloud Servers, such as the ability to pay for your instances on a per hour basis. This allows a customer to be extremely flexible and provision as many resources as they need (a few large or maybe hundreds of small instances) and instantly delete them and stop paying when they are done. Try doing that with dedicated hardware! No contracts, minimums or commitment terms.

I’ve created a short video demo using the Rackspace Cloud Servers platform to show you just how easy you can get up and running in the Cloud. This demo only focuses on using the control panel interface, but there is also a robust open API for Cloud Servers to programmatically interface with the back-end systems for even greater flexibility and automation.

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UPDATED: Adding A Site To Rackspace Cloud Sites

A few of my former video tutorials for the Rackspace Cloud are slightly out of date due to new releases of the Cloud control panel. So I decided to record some new videos so no features are left out. Enjoy this short clip that walks you through the process of adding a new domain to the Cloud Sites platform.

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