Configuring WHM for the first time. ( VPS and Dedicated Server )

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How do I configure initial WHM settings?

Before you can use cPanel, you will need to set up WHM. This is where you will do some basic setup for the web server. The WHM Initial Setup is done using the Initial Setup wizard.

The WHM Initial Setup wizard is intuitive and fairly easy to use.

To access WHM, use either the Control Panel – WHM link from the Customer Portal, or the direct URL.

Once you have connected to the Virtual Server you will be on the WHM Login screen. Log in as follows:

  • Username – log in as root
  • Password – enter the password you set for the root user when you provisioned the Virtual Server

There are six steps to the WHM Initial Setup:

After the WHM Initial Setup is complete, you will be able to make selections from the Feature Showcase, and then continue to WHM.

Step 1 – Agreement

When you log in to WHM for the first time, you will need to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA). If you do not accept the EULA you will not be able to use the cPanel/WHM software.

WHM-End User License Agreement (EULA)
End User License Agreement (EULA)

Step 2 – Setup Networking

  • Contact Information – You are required to enter an e-mail address for server contact information. This can be any valid e-mail address. You can also enter in SMS, AIM, or ICQ contact information if desired.

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    WHM-Setup Networking-Contact Information
  • Hostname – this will be pre-populated with the server hostname that you entered when the Virtual Server was provisioned. You should generally have no need to make any changes here.

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    WHM-Setup Networking-Hostname
  • Resolvers – this will be pre-populated with the eApps primary and secondary nameservers. You can enter the third resolver if you have one.
  • Main Network/Ethernet Device – this is set by default to the eth0 interface on the Virtual Server. You should have no need to make changes here.

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    WHM-Setup Networking-Resolvers-Main Network,Ethernet Device

Once you have entered your Contact Information and reviewed the other options, click Save & Go to Step 3.

Step 3 – Setup IP Addresses

If you purchased additional public IP addresses as part of your Virtual Server provisioning process, you can add them here. If you do not need to add any new IP addresses, click on Skip This Step and Use Default Settings to continue.

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WHM-Setup-IP Addresses

Step 4 – Nameservers

Leave this section at the defaults – if additional configuration is needed it can be done from WHM directly. Click on Save & Go to Step 5 to continue.

WHM-Nameservers configuration
WHM-Nameservers configuration
WHM-Nameservers-select nameservers domain
WHM-Nameservers-select nameservers domain
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WHM-Nameservers-Configure Nameserver and Hostname A Records

Step 5 – Services

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FTP Configuration

Leave this section at the defaults, and make any configuration changes in WHM directly. Click on Skip This Step and Use Default Settings to continue.

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Select nameserver domain
WHM-Services-configure cPHulk Brute Force Protecttion
Configure cPHulk Brute Force Protecttion

Step 6 – Set Up Quotas

Leave this at the default, and click on Finish Setup Wizard.

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WHM-Set-Up Quotas

Feature Showcase

After you finish the Setup Wizard, you will be on the Feature Showcase. Here you can enable highlighted features available for WHM and cPanel. Make sure to carefully read the available documentation for each feature you wish to enable.

If you have selected any Features, click on Save Settings, otherwise click on Exit to WHM. This completes the WHM Initial Setup and takes you to the WHM main screen.

That’s it!

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