Setup and configure a staking pool server for Ghost by Mcafee

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This how to article will help users using vmware to setup a virtual machine running ubuntu linux that will host a staking node for Ghost by Mcafee.

Creating our VM

The article assumes you are currently already running a server loaded with ESX. We will start by getting an ISO of the latest Ubuntu build. You can find that at

Once downloaded upload the ISO to the datastore of the ESX host.

Next we will right click on Virtual Machines and select Create/Register VM

On the next screen Select create a new virtual machine and click next

Give the VM a name I called mine GhostColdStakpool. Compatability I left set to default. Guest OS family I selected Linux. Guest OS version I selected Ubuntu Linux (64bit). click Next

For the next section I left it as default for storage which was my DataStore0. Click Next

Next Screen is where you configure all the VM Settings

Under CD/DVD Drive change Host device to Datastore ISO image. Go to the folder on the data store where you uploaded the ISO click the ISO and hit Select. Click Next

The next screen should confirm the settings

From ESX click the VM and click Power On then open a Console Window. From here it should try to install Linux. From here it will prompt you to give the VM a name provide your name.

For User use stakepooluser and create a password. Configure disk determine if any additional installs you might want configure network etc. No additional applications need to be installed it will give you the option to update the OS install files before install. Once downloaded it will install Linux. When it prompts you to hit enter to reboot make sure to remove the disk drive from the VM then hit enter.

Once rebooted login.

Once logged in type these commands to verify all packages are updated to their latest patches

sudo apt-get upgrade

Let it run.

Next Install dependencies

sudo apt-get install gnupg wget python3 git nginx tmux python3-zmq puthon3-pip lynx htop vim net-tools

Next check the server time


If the timezone is wrong use this command

sudo timedatectl set-timezone your_time_zone

To list the timezones

timedatectl list-timezones

verify time is now correct it will show in a 24 hour format

If you want to have more accurate time you can use chrony by following the steps at this site:

Time to download the cold stake pool software to the server. Type

git clone

Next install ghost-coldstakingpool

cd ~
cd ghost-coldstakepool
sudo pip3 install .

Setup Mainnet Pool

coldstakepool-prepare -datadir=~/stakepoolDemoLive

!! Important: During this process make sure to save the stake and reward wallet recovery phrases as well as the stake address and reward address

Modify the json file that configures the pool info

vi ~/stakepoolDemoLive/stakepool/stakepool.json
NOTE hit the i key which will allow you to now move the cursor with the arrows and modify the file

    "mode": "master",
    "debug": true,
    "ghostbindir": "/home/stakepooluser/ghost-binaries",
    "ghostdatadir": "/home/stakepooluser/stakepoolDemoLive",
    "startheight": 101,
    "pooladdress": "<STAKE ADDRESS>",
    "rewardaddress": "<REWARD ADDRESS>",
    "zmqhost": "tcp://",
    "zmqport": 20792,
    "htmlhost": "localhost",
    "htmlport": 9000,
    "allowcors": true,
    "maxoutputspertx": 64,
    "parameters": [
            "height": 1000,
            "poolfeepercent": 2,
            "stakebonuspercent": 5,
            "payoutthreshold": 0.1,
            "minblocksbetweenpayments": 100,
            "minoutputvalue": 0.01
            "height": 1000,
            "poolfeepercent": 5
    "poolownerwithdrawal": {
        "frequency": 720,
        "address": "<YOUR Ghost Address for fees for running the pool>",
        "reserve": 2,
        "threshold": 5

Please note that poolownerwithdrawal can be changed according to your preferences Once this file is modified as needed type this command

Hit the ESC key on the keyboard then type

Setup Services so after reboots the applications you need running will start automatically

sudo cp ~/ghost_stakepool/doc/config/*.service /etc/systemd/system
sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Start and enable services

sudo systemctl start ghostd_live.service stakepool_live.service
sudo systemctl enable ghostd_live.service stakepool_live.service

Verify services started

check status of services

sudo service stakepool_live status
sudo service ghostd_live status

Check journal for service if there is a failure

sudo journalctl -u stakepool_live.service
sudo journalctl -u ghostd_live.service

hit shift+G to scroll to bottom of the log

Setup Web server

sudo rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
sudo cp ~/ghost_stakepool/doc/config/nginx_stakepool_forward.conf /etc/nginx/conf.d/
sudo nginx -t
sudo systemctl stop nginx
sudo systemctl start nginx
sudo systemctl enable nginx
mkdir /tmp/nginx
sudo rm /etc/nginx/conf.d/nginx_stakepool_forward.conf
sudo cp ~/ghost_stakepool/doc/config/nginx_stakepool_production.conf /etc/nginx/conf.d/
sudo systemctl restart nginx

Setup the standard Ghost Pool Website interface

Next install NodeJS

cd ~

wget -qO- | bash

logoff and log back on VM

nvm install node

Next install npm

cd ~
sudo apt install npm

Install yarn

curl -sS | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install yarn

Download the cold staking pool front end

cd ~
git clone
cd ghost-coldstakepool-front
yarn install
yarn run build
cp -R dist /var/www/html/pool

Setup SSL and FQDN and web domain using dyndns

First you will need to configure a dynDNS to your public IP go to google and type

whats my ip

Once you have identified your public IP from your ISP go to setup an account

go to dashboard to quick add create a hostname with a free domain

Configure your server to the hostname and domain you created

vi /etc/hosts
hit i-key to insert text 
below localhost
type hostname.domain
hit Esc-key then type :wq!

Setup SSL

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo apt-get install certbot python3-certbot-nginx
sudo certbot --nginx certonly

Note if this fails give it a few moments more for the domain to register.

Edit the nginx config file for SSL modify the script according to below

vi /etc/nginx/conf.d/nginx_stakepool_production.conf
type i to insert and modify the file
  listen [::]:80;

  server_name $hostname;

  # SSL configuration
  listen 443 ssl;
  listen [::]:443 ssl;
  ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/HOST.DOMAINNAME/cert.pem;
  ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/HOST.DOMAINNAME/privkey.pem;
  # Note: You should disable gzip for SSL traffic.
  # See:

  root /var/www/html/pool;

  # Add index.php to the list if you are using PHP
  index index.html;

  location / {
    # First attempt to serve request as file, then
    # as directory, then fall back to displaying a 404.
    try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

  location /api {
    rewrite ^/api(.*)$ $1 break;
    proxy_pass http://localhost:9000/;
    proxy_buffering        on;
    proxy_cache            STATIC;
    proxy_cache_valid      200  2m;
    proxy_cache_use_stale  error timeout invalid_header updating
                            http_500 http_502 http_503 http_504;

  # Any route that matches /api/test will route to the testnet version.
  location /api/test {
    rewrite ^/api\/test(.*)$ $1 break;
    proxy_pass http://localhost:9001/;
    proxy_buffering        on;
    proxy_cache            STATIC;
    proxy_cache_valid      200  2m;
    proxy_cache_use_stale  error timeout invalid_header updating
                            http_500 http_502 http_503 http_504;


type ESC-key then :wq! to save and exit the file

Restart ngnix

sudo systemctl restart nginx

Navigate to your website by typing in the host and domain name you chose

If your website has populated info like this then you are set!

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