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RE: Virtual Domain Solution

Yes, that approach makes a lot of sense--what I was asking was whether some
such system exists already.  Unfortunately, I've also got to try to train
NT-monkeys to do this, and so I need some type of GUI or web interface,
which was why I was considering qmail, and the qmailadmin program.  I guess
I'm just looking for some simple solution to avoid having to write and do
all of this myself.  Definitely an area where Linux is lacking...perhaps it
is something I could work on--a Debian-specific solution of some kind.

In general, however do most ISP's simply go and write custom scripts for
everything?  Or do they just do it manually?  I've only got about 10 domains
right now, but once we get more, I can easily imagine a nightmarish
situation--forgetting one file, setting one permission wrong, or something.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeremy C. Reed [mailto:reed@wcug.wwu.edu]
> Sent: Friday, 07 July, 2000 3:19 PM
> To: Ryan Hayle
> Cc: 'debian-isp@lists.debian.org'
> Subject: Re: Virtual Domain Solution
> On Fri, 7 Jul 2000, Ryan Hayle wrote:
> > This is an overly general question, but I've found very little info
> > on this so I thought I would ask here.  What is the best 
> solution for
> > ISP hosting of virtual domains?  Are there any integrated packages
> > which can handle web/email/ftp access on a per-domain, per-user
> > basis?
> Do you need websites for all of your users?
> > Right now, I am using exim for email, with gnu-pop3d and the virtual
> > domains patch.  I am adding each virtual domain to the apache config
> > manually, and then to the exim config, storing everything in
> > /virtual/domain.com.  I'm not even getting into FTP access.  There
> > must be a better way to do this.
> What do you mean by a "better way"? Is it because you are 
> doing all the
> setups manually with each step one at a time? You may want to 
> make some
> scripts to automate your steps. 
> I think you just need a few scripts:
> 1) add a new domain script
>   a) add zone info for dns
>   b) add "domain-name" to your mail local deliveries file 
> (maybe in your
>      case: /etc/virtual/domains)
>   c) add a user to Unix password database (/etc/passwd) for the
>      website/webmaster
>   d) create home and html directories for the webmaster/website
>   e) add container to httpd config
>   f) create directory for virtual mail users (maybe:
>      /etc/virtual/domainname)
>   g) create mail spool directory for the domain (maybe:
>      /var/spool/virtual/domainname)
>   h) create passwd file and alias file for virtual mail users 
> (maybe with
>      a default webmaster entry)
>   i) if needed, add ftp info (in my situation, ftpd is 
> already setup and
>      no changes are needed for adding new domains)
>   j) reload httpd
>   k) reload dns
>   l) test dns,ftp,smtp,pop3,http
> 2) add to virtual aliases
> 3) add a new virtual user (with password) for email
> And maybe scripts to remove domain and real user (webmaster) from all
> configs, and to remove aliases and users from virtual passwd files.
>   Jeremy C. Reed
>   http://www.reedmedia.net
>   http://bsd.reedmedia.net
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