This howto is copied from the german source:


I wrote this howto because more and more people asked me how to install a basic vserver system. This howto will be about a installation for a debian SID hostsystem. I decided to take debian SID because no the Hostsystem there shouldn't run more daemons as a ssh daemon and the openvcp daemon, because all other daemon's are a security risk for your basic server. This howto requires a running debian SID installation and will only be about how you make your system vserver ready.


At the moment the sources I use aren't a debian repository but this will change in future.

first we have to get the required kernel stuff:



Please check by your self whether this is the actual kernel or if it changed! Also check whether you have a i386 or a amd64 system! Or maybe your system won't startup:

This howto is about a installation on a i386 System.

First we have to install the kernel:

dpkg -i linux-image-

Fortunately this package installs itself completely alone so we haven't so edit things. After that we need the kernel headers for a later installation of util-vserver:

dpkg -i linux-headers-

This is all what you have to do. Now you can restart your system.

After a working reboot you can install util-vserver:

Because the util-vserver people make a lot of patches we use the util-vserver version of the official debian SID repository. This is a actual version which includes many of the util-vserver patches.

Change to /usr/src

apt-get build-dep util-vserver

apt-get source util-vserver

now search in /usr/src/util-vserver-0.30.210/debian/rules after ./configure and edit this for your wishes.

Now change to /usr/src/util-vserver-0.30.210/ and compile util-vserver:


back to /usr/src and install the package:

dpkg -i util-vserver_0.30.210-10_i386.deb

Now you have a working system able to run vservers.

The next step of the installation would be to set up openvcp!


A big thank goes to derjohn because of these great and useful packages.