5 Minute Server Setup

Last Updated: 11th September 2021

Server Setup

  1. Update: sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
  2. Install automatic updates: sudo apt install unattended-upgrades
  3. Change SSH Port: sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Remove the # infront of Port 22 and then change it (30000-50000 is ideal).

This is security though obsucurity which is not ideal but port 22 just gets abused by bots.

  1. Setup SSH Keys

  2. Restart SSH: sudo systemctl restart sshd

  3. Install fail2ban: sudo apt install fail2ban

Install UFW Firewall

  1. Install: sudo apt install ufw
  2. Replace SSH-PORT to your SSH port: sudo ufw allow <SSH-PORT>/tcp
  3. Allow HTTP/s traffic:
sudo ufw allow 80/tcp
sudo ufw allow 443/tcp
sudo ufw allow 8443/tcp
  1. Enable Firewall: sudo ufw enable

Setup a sudo user

  1. adduser <USERNAME>
  2. Add user to sudoers sudo adduser <USERNAME> sudo
  3. Login as the new user su - <USERNAME>

Install Docker

Offical Docker Install: Ubuntu Debian CentOS Fedora RHEL

The following is for Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install \
    apt-transport-https \
    ca-certificates \
    curl \
    gnupg-agent \
  1. curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository \
   "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu \
   $(lsb_release -cs) \

4.sudo apt-get update
5. sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io docker-compose