Mandriva tutorials for system administrator

mandriva logoBelow is the list of tutorials that might be useful for Mandriva sysadmin newbies.

1. Installing Mandriva Linux – Full tutorial

This tutorial contains Mandriva step-by-step installation instructions and images.

2. Remote access Mandriva 2007 Free using FreeNX

NoMachine NX is a Terminal Server and remote access solution based on a comprising set of enterprise class open source technologies. NX makes it possible to run any graphical application on any operating system across any network connection at incredible speed.

FreeNX application/thin-client server is based on NoMachine’s NX technology. It can operate remote X11 sessions over 56k modem dialup links or anything better. FreeNX package contains a free (GPL) implementation of the nxserver component. The following workshop describes the FreeNX installation on a Mandriva 2007 Free server. Additionally it explains how to access it using a Windows and a Linux client.

3. Virtual Users & Domains, POP3, IMAP, Webmail, Postfix, MySQL with Mandriva

This howto is for those who want to run a mail server under Mandriva with the following features: Virtual Users & Domains, IMAP service, POP3, Maildir, Webmail and other.

4. Password Issues in Mandriva

This article covers commonly encountered issues to do with passwords in Mandriva.

5. Dealing with attacks on your Mandriva Web Server

Article shows how to block comment and referrer spam if you operate a blog using APXS which is the modular version of Apache software included with Mandriva Linux.

6. Detecting rootkits in Mandriva

This article describers tools for detecting rootkits that might be installed onto your system. Rootkits are sets of scripts installed by crackers onto compromised machines allowing them to be easily controlled remotely while attempting to hide this from the system’s legitimate administrator.

7. How To Enable NTFS Write Support (ntfs-3g) On Mandriva 2007 Spring

Normally Linux systems can only read from Windows NTFS partitions, but not write to them which can be very annoying if you have to work with Linux and Windows systems. This is where ntfs-3g comes into play. ntfs-3g is an open source, freely available NTFS driver for Linux with read and write support. This tutorial shows how to install and use ntfs-3g on a Mandriva 2007 Spring desktop to read from and write to Windows NTFS drives and partitions.

8. How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On Mandriva 2007 Spring

This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on a Mandriva 2007 Spring server.

9. Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On Mandriva 2007 Spring
This document describes how to install a PureFTPd using virtual private server users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota and upload/download bandwidth limits with this setup. Passwords will be stored encrypted as MD5 strings in the database.

10. The Perfect Server – Mandriva 2007 Spring Free

This is a detailed description about how to set up a Mandriva 2007 Spring Free server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Mandriva 2007 Spring, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

11. A Guide to Virtualization on Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring

Have you ever wished you had another computer handy? Maybe you want to try a new operating system out. Maybe you want to test something experimental without potentially breaking your own system. Maybe you need to run some software that only runs in a different operating system. Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring comes with a range of virtualization options that can help.

12. How To Install VMware Server On A Mandriva Free 2007 Desktop

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server on a Mandriva Free 2007 desktop system.

13. How To Compile A Kernel – The Mandriva Way
This article describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

14. Networking in Mandriva

15. Using of Encrypted Filesystems in Mandriva


Stefan Durand

My name is Stefan, I'm the admin of LinuxScrew. I am a full-time Linux/Unix sysadmin, a hobby Python programmer, and a part-time blogger. I post useful guides, tips, and tutorials on common Linux and Programming issues. Feel free to reach out in the comment section.

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