I have just signed up for a webhost VPS service. Their service provides CentOS 5 using XEN VPS. This is the first time I have signed up for this type of service and after 1 year of putting together a database driven website I have no experience putting a website out on the internet. I am doing my first ever install of Virtualmin. The install failed part way through yesterday so I went back and found about 5 other tutorials and used them to create a checklist of everything that should be done to find what I might have missed. Everything was done correctly except for one thing. Initially the people who set up the VPS did not ask me for a "fully qualified host name" and they put it in as "my first initial and my last name with no spaces". Fourteen years ago I (installed Linux, knew bash, ksh, sed, awk, grep) but had left that business and with some struggle using Google finally found and used the command "hostname vps1.myservername.com" to change the hostname and get the install to keep running. Even though "hostname -f" reported the corrected servername the install script reported the old name and kept running but later failed. So this morning when I was reading the other tutorials on the install process of Virtualmin I hit this "Make sure that the domain name points to your server's IP address". This has not been done and may be the reason Virtualmin failed. The question is "does this statement mean I need to go back to Go-daddy where my domain name is registered and point it at the IP address of this machine before I can install Virtualmin". I was wanting to delay this step until I had everything set up and my website tested by accessing the website via the IP address only.
Thanks for any help, John