Installing ClamAV on a cPanel Server

ClamAV is an popular open source anti-virus toolkit for *nix, and while many people don’t find much value in using antivirus software on Unix, it is very useful for email scanning. cPanel’s implementation allows end users to run scans on their home folders, public FTP folders, mail, and public_html. It’s really hard to install ClamAV…

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Mass Change Default (Catch All) Addresses

I wrote this nice one-liner for a user in the cPanel forums asking how to change all their current default addresses to :fail: – http://thecpaneladmin.com/files/changedefaultaddr.sh.txt Before you do anything like this, you should back up /etc/valiases. Keep in mind also that you can change the default address for new accounts in WHM > Tweak Settings.…

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Dealing With Hacked Sites

This article will not go into detailed technicalities on identifying, troubleshooting, tracing, and fixing hacks. These topics are far too broad to cover in a single article, and is outside the scope of this article’s intent. This guide is to help you, the system admin, come up with a plan to handle situations involving breached…

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Automating Apache and PHP Updates

A lot of hosts that deploy a large number of servers are automating updates instead of running them manually. While cPanel updates can be automated as well, it’s become a common question of how to automate Apache and PHP updates across a large number of servers without having to manually run EasyApache on each server,…

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Installing an SSL Certificate for MySQL

From time to time I’ve had users ask me to install an SSL certificate for their MySQL server. Currently this support is not enabled in cPanel automatically, nor is there an option to use it in WHM > Manage Service SSL Certificates at the time this article was written. However, you can install a certificate manually by following a few simple steps.…

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10 Free Monitoring Solutions to Consider

Server and network monitoring can be crucial to a host’s success. I mean, how embarrassing is it when your customers are aware of downtime before you are? You don’t have to pay big bucks or spend loads of time setting up monitoring for your server. We’ve compiled a list of free monitoring solutions you can use to guarantee minimal downtime for your users, and show customers how reliable your service is!…

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How to Change Your FTP Port

Lately FTP has been a problem for a lot of hosting providers. Especially since the recent influx of Gumblar-related attacks and FTP exploits, some hosting providers are now considering changing their FTP ports as an added measure of security. If you're on a cPanel server you have a couple extra steps to go through, but…

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