Post-Install Configuration

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These are a few measures you can take to maintain and secure your server. Many of these features are already handled automatically (iptables/web ui password), while some require the server to have booted for the first time (MySQL password, hosting websites).

System management

Passwords

MySQL root password

The MySQL password is not set by default (blank), and can only be set when the MySQL daemon is running (upon first boot). Instructions to secure or disable MySQL

Changing the web-ui password

You can change the web-ui password at any time.

Using RSA-key to log into SSH/SFTP

For additional security, or to employ password-free SSH/SFTP logins, you may opt to generate a public/private RSA-key pair for puTTy/SFTP.

Other configuration

iptables

iptables filters inbound and outbound traffic by a sequence of rules. These rules are to prevent undesired traffic from being responded to, helping defend against DOS attacks and to prevent unauthorized access (such as permitting SSH connections only from an IP address/range).

Crontabs

Minecraft related cron-jobs can be managed from the web-ui, such as backup, archiving, mapping, as well as [onreboot] restoring and server starting. For any other tasks, you will need to create a cron script yourself. For your benefit, creating crontabs has been greatly simplified.

Hosting a Website

The most common web-language on Linux servers is PHP. With Hiawatha webserver and PHP, you can easily host forums, image galleries, and countless other website features to your server. Provided are instructions to enable PHP.

Accessing your server

In addition to accessing the server directly through a local keyboard and monitor, servers can be (and are recommended to be) connected remotely via terminal clients (PuTTY) and file-transfer protocols (SFTP)