Usually, getting started with Virtualmin can be done with a few simple steps, using our automated install script. The install script will setup your package manager, usually apt-get or yum, and then download our packages as well as all of the necessary dependencies for running Virtualmin.
virtualmin change-licensecommand is used for license changes and renewals. Check the license FAQ for details.
Install your Operating System
Start with a freshly installed, Grade A supported Operating System on your server or VPS. CentOS and Ubuntu LTS are very popular options for hosting, and are a safe choice, but any Grade A supported system should work fine. Be sure to configure your system with a fully qualified domain name, as it will save you a lot of time and documentation spelunking later.
Download the Virtualmin Install Script
The easiest way to get the install script onto your server, is to login to your server and use
curl. For example:
Note: For Virtualmin Professional, use the command suggested on My Account → Software Licenses page.
Run the Install Script and Configure Virtualmin
Execute the downloaded install script using a command like the following:
/usr/bin/sudo /bin/sh install.sh
There are some available options to install different configurations (including installing nginx instead of Apache, and leaving out some of the mail processing stack for small memory systems). Run the install script with the
--help flag for a list of available options, and consult the documentation, especially about the available installation bundles and the minimal installation mode, if choosing a non-default installation type.
The install script may ask you some questions. If your system does not have a fully qualified hostname, the script will ask you to provide one. The name of the system can be anything you want, but it must be fully qualified and should not match a name you'll be hosting mail for. For example, if you have domain
virtualmin.com you might name the server
ns1.virtualmin.com. What name you choose is unimportant, but it must be fully qualified, it must not match a Virtualmin domain, and it must resolve, for several mail operations to work correctly.
Or, if your system doesn't have enough memory for the installation type you've chosen, it'll offer to create a swap file.
After a few minutes, your system should have everything it needs to provide a full-featured virtual web hosting environment! Now login to Virtualmin by browsing to port 10000 on the address of your server using the HTTPS protocol. Ignore the SSL certificate validation error (the SSL certificate is a self-signed one after initial installation, but can be replaced with a valid certificate after initial configuration is complete).
Follow the steps in the post-install wizard to setup Virtualmin to suit your environment and needs. Virtualmin will check the configuration of the system and validate some server settings to insure your system is ready for service.
Click Create Virtual Server to start making your first website in Virtualmin!
Check the Docs
If your particular deployment doesn't fit these simple steps, either because you cannot freshly install your OS, or you cannot use a Grade A supported OS, Virtualmin can probably still work for you. Check out the installation documentation, which covers a lot more detail about how a Virtualmin system is installed, and other ways to install it.
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