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Antony Wright
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setting up a server - recomendations

Hi folk,
Excuse me if Im in the wrong place for this - but I havent posted before.
I have just purchased a second hand Proliant ML370 G1 FD71 server for home use. I want to install Linux as the ops. (It will control 3/4 windows based pcs). Can anyone give any guidelines and recomendations on which version of Linux would be best for a newcomer? And any problems I am likely to meet.
Thanks all
Antony
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Vipulinux
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

Hi
On a Proliant server you can go with either a. redhat linux
b. Fedora
c. White Box Linux

If you dont want to buy support go for fedora core 4 or white box, download the latest update version, its same as redhat.

Cheers
Vipul

Vipulinux
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

Hi Antony

What else are you looking at?

do u want the server to be a domain controller, ??

Rgds
Antony Wright
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

eventually I want to be able to run my own web page from it. Not sure at the moment how that works - but more than anything at the moment I need to know the most likely problems I will face in setting up the operating system.
Thanks
Antony
Vipulinux
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

Hi

There should not be any issues while installing the OS if you use the latest update cd's.
Proliant always had issues with smartarray controller but the latest cd's have the drivers within.

(for how to install check this:
http://www.linuxcdmall.com/redhat-screenshots-1.html

During installation check the web server package, this will install the packages that will help you in publishing web pages (httpd)


Rgds
Vipul
Antony Wright
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

Thats great - thanks
Antony
John Collier
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

Just a curiosity, but is this web page/site going to be internal or external (intranet vs. internet)?

If you plan on making it available only to the internal network, then you are under no real pressure to get it all secured from the beginning and you can easily take your time in learning all the ins and outs to doing this without putting your private network in danger.

If you are planning on making this an Internet server, you have some serious security issues to consider.

Since I do not know your intentions and the suggestions for a publicly accessible server can be lengthy, I will simply await input from you on what you intend to do.

Knowing that will also help us point you to what you might run into when setting up something like this.

Either way, I would suggest you go with an RPM based distribution such are Red Hat or Fedora. I have found it very easy to keep up with and fairly simple to learn.

One word of caution on Fedora Core is that they seem to be rather pro-active on the update front. This is both good and bad. Good because it keep you up on the latest-and-greatest of most everything. Bad simply because the latest-and-greatest is not always the most stable and battle-hardened.

Learning to use both up2date and yum effectively will solve these issues for you in the long run. Even my wife is learning to love her new FC4 x86_64 box and she has never used anything but M$ prior to this. {she has nothing to do with the administration of it, nor did she ever understand the administration of M$}

Of course, asking Linux folks what they suggest for a distro and why is almost as dangerous as asking for religious or political preferences and reasons :-)

These are simply my thoughts and opinions.
"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Stephen Krebbet, 1793-1855
Antony Wright
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

Thanks John.
Initially the website will be for intranet as I do not know enough yet to consider deploying for internet. Although that is the ultimate goal. I am aware that the security is far more important when deploying for the internet, but I think I need to take it one small step at a time. Just reading the manual for the deployment of the server has made me realise that although Ive used computers for many years, my knowledge of the workings of the server is very limited. But then I have some time to hand and Im willing to learn so I will get stuck in just very slowly to start with.

Antony
Steven E. Protter
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

Shalom Antony,

I would add Centos, http://www.centos.org to the list of Linuxes to consider.

Centos is a binary re-compile of the open source sections of RH Enterprise Linux, which is to an extent industry standard.

You will need the Cd that ships with the ML370 or download a replacement prior to installing Linux. Any disk attached to the system must be set up prior to the OS installation.

As far as newcomer issues, you have found the right place, post the specifics as they come up.

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Antony Wright
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Re: setting up a server - recomendations

Thats great Steve, thanks.
I may have administered a network at the school I taught at but administering it is very different to setting it up. And besides that was Win NT not Linux. I guess my biggest concern is that Linux is still largely unknown to me.
Most of what Im reading from the official documents from HP relating to the ML370 either refer to the newer models or to earlier versions of Linux (RH 8, enterprise 2.1 etc). So deciding which files I need to download to prepare the serve itself is stretching me (but that is most welcome challenge).
One question I could do with an answer to, is to do with the snartstart from HP. It lists the os's that it is compatible with - but like I said its the earlier versions of software - Will it still work with the recomendations I am being given here by you good folk?

Thanks
Antony