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Skaarjj
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From: :morF
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posted posted 04-04-2005 16:01

Now, I'm going to be moving out soon, so I'm becoming interested in this kinda thing. I fully realise ther'es tutorials for this kind of thing around but, frankly, it's nearly midnight, I have to be up at 7am and I cannot be bothered looking myself, so I'll ask here instead. Setting up a Web proxy box that can also serve as an internal DNS/Web server to run a little intranet. What hardware is reoccomended, what software, tutorials, configurations, security, monitoring, administration, the works. Help, please?


Justice 4 Pat Richard

hyperbole
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posted posted 04-04-2005 18:01

Are you asking how to set up a gateway with a firewall so you can connect your LAN to the Internet?



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bitdamaged
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posted posted 04-05-2005 00:02

I'm perfectly happy with a linksys wireless router around $100 U.S.

Takes care of all the routing. For webserving I use my Windows XP Pro box right now and just route the correct requests to that box.

One of my upcoming projects is to build a home/server to handle audio playback, MythTV and a little webserver as well, but even that will still probably run through the router.



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Skaarjj
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From: :morF
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posted posted 04-05-2005 02:25

Look on it partially in the nature of an experiment. Server implementation is a big thing in my classes, althoguh we haven't actually done it yet. I'm not just looking for something to do NAT, or firewalling, or whatever. I do have a purpose in wanting to do this with a server as opposed to a piece of DCE hardware. I'm also trying to work with available hardware. I have a lot of disparate computer parts that I can cobble something together from. I don't, however, have a broadband router that I can take with me and more than likely I will not be able to afford one. I do have an 8-port 10/100/1000 Cisco microswitch that I can use, so my networking logic rom that tells me Internet --> Server --> Switch --> Terminals. Any ideas?


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hyperbole
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From: Madison, Indiana, USA
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 04-05-2005 09:27

From what you describe, I don't think you are trying to create a proxy server.

Almost any computer you may have lying around or, as you say, that you can coble together from parts will work as a NAT router. I'm currently using a P-II with 64MB RAM and a 5GB harddrive. It works just fine.

There are several versions of Linux that will fit on a single floppy drive that you can use to create a gateway. I use coyotelinux. I've been using it for almost a year and it works great. I would like to have had the time to dig into it more and see how the system is put together, which is what you want to do, but have been too busy to try to do anything with a system that is working.

One of the nice things about Linux on a floppy is that after ten minutes the harddrive shuts down and the entire system uses very little electricity to run. The whole thing runs out of RAM.

If you want to set the machine up as a web or ftp server, you will probably need to look into a different version of Linux than the Linux in a floppy kind. I doubt that you can get a web server program on a floppy disk. Even so SuSe or Slackware Linux will fit nicely on a 5GB harddrive and run quite smoothly in 64MB RAM. I have even installed Fedora Core 2 on a machine similar to the one I described above. The only problem I had with it is that I had to leave out some of the packages I wanted to install because I tried to do a complete install and it wouldn't fit on the harddrive.

I assume you're expected traffic will be on the order of a few hundred to a few thousand hits a day so you don't need a lot of speed in the machine.

Probably the best thing to do is get a couple of distributions of Linux (like coyotelinux, Fedora Core 3, and SuSe) and start trying them out.



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hyperbole
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From: Madison, Indiana, USA
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 04-05-2005 09:49

From what you describe, I don't think you are trying to create a proxy server.

Almost any computer you may have lying around or, as you say, that you can coble together from parts will work as a NAT router. I'm currently using a P-II with 64MB RAM and a 5GB harddrive. It works just fine.

There are several versions of Linux that will fit on a single floppy drive that you can use to create a gateway. I use coyotelinux. I've been using it for almost a year and it works great. I would like to have had the time to dig into it more and see how the system is put together, which is what you want to do, but have been too busy to try to do anything with a system that is working.

One of the nice things about Linux on a floppy is that after ten minutes the harddrive shuts down and the entire system uses very little electricity to run. The whole thing runs out of RAM.

If you want to set the machine up as a web or ftp server, you will probably need to look into a different version of Linux than the Linux in a floppy kind. I doubt that you can get a web server program on a floppy disk. Even so SuSe or Slackware Linux will fit nicely on a 5GB harddrive and run quite smoothly in 64MB RAM. I have even installed Fedora Core 2 on a machine similar to the one I described above. The only problem I had with it is that I had to leave out some of the packages I wanted to install because I tried to do a complete install and it wouldn't fit on the harddrive.

I assume you're expected traffic will be on the order of a few hundred to a few thousand hits a day so you don't need a lot of speed in the machine.

Probably the best thing to do is get a couple of distributions of Linux (like coyotelinux, Fedora Core 3, and SuSe) and start trying them out.



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