Firstly I am not a Linux expert so please be kind - my expertise is in Windows servers although I have run my own Linux server for past 15 years or so in various disguises/operating systems as a basic unit.
I have leased a new dedicated server with Ubuntu 14.04/64bit installed and did nothing else it it after being passed over to me by the provider. Thought I would use VirtualMin/Webmin as the GUI and do everything from there as have had good reviews from friends. Anyway I used the install.sh to install and everything apparently went well. I was able to login to the GUI and check all was OK using the configuraton checker. All I did was then disable mailman. I did nothing else after this other that running through the configuration check which confirmed everything OK.
I then used the GUI to reboot the server (just to check all was OK) and the server restarted normally. However I could no longer get to the VirtualMin GUI - it eventually times out without any error. I checked various logs and there did not seem anything untoward as far as I could tell including the ones in /var/webmin. I checked Apache2 and WebMin are they both show as running. As does MYSQL.
I have had a knowledgeable friend of mine spend some time looking over the system and even he cannot find out why not. Even just typing the IP address of the server fails to bring up the Apache Ubuntu holding page which it did immediately after installing VirtualMin.
If I then uninstall VirtualMin using (sh install.sh --uninstall) and then reinstall I can once again gain access including displaying the server holding page. Reboot the server (either through GUI or command line) and same thing happens. I cannot obviously see any difference in services running or not.
I have seen some vague references to this behaviour elsewhere but none of the “fixes” appear to solve this. It would appear to be an VirtualMin problem with Apache but have no idea.
So asking to see if anyone has any ideas?
Thanks - John