The install process ?

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#1 Fri, 08/29/2008 - 09:11

The install process ?

I've used Webmin before, and I know that requires that all other bits and peices are installed before hand, such as Postfix, etc.

I have my cursor hanging over the "Buy" button for Virtualmin, but before I do, being new to Linux, am I right in saying that the Virtualmin install process installs all required components automatically or do they need to be installed manually?

Thanks for your help!


Fri, 08/29/2008 - 11:20

Hi Liam,

Yup -- there's an install script that you'd use in order to perform the Virtualmin installation, that should handle dependencies and such.

The simplest way to install is to take a fresh installation of your preferred distribution, download the script, run it, and you should be good to go!

If you have any questions (whether now, during, or after installation), feel free to yell.

Good luck,

Fri, 08/29/2008 - 11:28 (Reply to #2)

Nice one Erik! Thanks very much.

To go ahead with the Virtualmin Pro install, do I need to go ahead and buy the software to test it out or is there a 30 day trial, or similar?

Thanks again! Much appreciate.

Fri, 08/29/2008 - 11:39 (Reply to #3)


Well, you have two options.

If you opt to buy it now -- and you later decide you don't like it, you can request a refund within 45 days of purchasing it. Joe and Jamie are pretty good about all that -- they want folks to be happy with it, so if for whatever reason it doesn't meet your needs, they'd certainly refund your money (though, be sure to inquire first, as maybe there's something they can help with!).

The other option is that there is a GPL/free version (Over at It doesn't have all the features of the Pro, and you'd later need to go through a (fairly painless) upgrade process to switch to the Pro version. But it's certainly an option if you're reluctant to hit the "Buy" button ;-)

Have a good one!

Fri, 08/29/2008 - 11:43 (Reply to #4)

Hi Eric, apologies for spelling your name wrong earlier!

I've previously been using Windows 2003 and thought it's about time I finally made the move over to Linux. I've been playing with Ubuntu 8.04 for a couple of weeks now on a test box but previously to this I've had my website running off another Linux (Ubuntu) box but that's all been set up manually and although it's running fine now after the initial setup if anything were to wrong I'd be screwed.

I've tried the Virtualmin GPL version and found it great but I'd much prefer to buy the Pro version for the extra benefits. I'm also running Webmin at the moment and it's great!

From what you've mentioned, I'll buy the Pro version right now and get this installed on my 3rd, proper system. I am sure I will be more than happy with it but the 45 day money back guarantee puts my mind at rest.

Not a bad place this, should have visited sooner! :)

I'll be back later to let you know how I've got on..

Thanks again, Liam.

Fri, 08/29/2008 - 11:50 (Reply to #5)

Hi Liam,

No problem about the spelling ;-)

That's cool to hear that Webmin/Virtualmin have been working well for you. I hope Linux continues to treat you well!

Regarding the 45 days, just so you don't have to take my word on it, they've listed that in the Terms and Conditions here:

Good luck!

Fri, 08/29/2008 - 12:06 (Reply to #6)

Well so far so good I thought... a bit quick off the mark though unfortunately..

Started the install process and it got this far, you can see the error below; Seems to have stopped when getting the package signing keys? :(

Any ideas anyone? Much appreciated if you have...

INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:53 - Started installation log in /root/virtualmin-install.log
DEBUG - 2008-08-29 22:00:53 - Install mode: full
DEBUG - 2008-08-29 22:00:53 - Virtualmin Meta-Package list: virtualmin-base
DEBUG - 2008-08-29 22:00:53 - version: EA5.0
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:53 - Checking for fully qualified hostname...
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:53 - Hostname OK: fully qualified as
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:53 - Installing serial number and license key into /etc/virtualmin-license
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:53 - Loading OS selection library...
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:54 - Download of Succeeded.
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:54 - Loading OS list...
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:55 - Download of Succeeded.
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:55 - Operating system name: Ubuntu Linux
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:55 - Operating system version: 8.04.1
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:55 - Configuring package manager for Ubuntu Linux 8.04.1...
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:55 - Enabling universe repositories, if not already available...
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:55 - Disabling cdrom repositories...
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:58 - Cleaning up apt headers and packages, so we can start fresh...
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:00:59 -
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:01:02 - Download of Succeeded.
INFO - 2008-08-29 22:01:02 - Installing Webmin and Virtualmin package signing keys...
<b>FATAL - 2008-08-29 22:01:22 - Fatal Error Occurred: Failed to download</b>
FATAL - 2008-08-29 22:01:22 - Cannot continue installation.
FATAL - 2008-08-29 22:01:22 - Attempting to remove virtualmin repository configuration, so the installation can be
FATAL - 2008-08-29 22:01:22 - re-attempted after any problems have been resolved.
FATAL - 2008-08-29 22:01:22 - Removing temporary directory and files.
FATAL - 2008-08-29 22:01:22 - If you are unsure of what went wrong, you may wish to review the log
FATAL - 2008-08-29 22:01:22 - in /root/virtualmin-install.log</i>

Fri, 08/29/2008 - 12:10 (Reply to #7)


Well, nuts!

It looks like it's for some reason not able to get to the URL &quot;; to retrieve the key file.

I'd try it once more in case it was some sort of network hiccup (it happens!).

It that doesn't work, you can take that output and file a bug report:

And then Jamie or Joe or I or someone will try and figure out what's going wrong :-)

Fri, 08/29/2008 - 12:13 (Reply to #8)

Must of been a network hiccup... just tried it again and whizzed past the part where it failed on the check...

It's just removing the debian apache packages and installing the dependencies as I speak or should that be type!

One gold start coming up for Eric!

Fri, 08/29/2008 - 12:41 (Reply to #9)

I received a few more errors.. but instead of panicking I decided to just try again... it paid off... and I have just had those magic words pop up on my screen;

.. your system is ready for use by Virtualmin.

Many thanks Eric you have been a great help... hopefully I will be around for a while yet but with harder questions ;)


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