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I have a little experience with Linux, mostly installing then watching my Guru friends fix whatever I screw up. I haven’t had a really useful Linux machine before (I did have RH7 running on a 486DX as a router back in ’98, but a friend did all the work for that). I know a few commands and where most directories are but the simplest stuff eludes me.
Here is my current project:
Mandrake 10.0 on a 750Mhz Athlon machine with 392 megs of PC100/133 RAM, hda: 80gig Maxtor with “server” partitions, hdb: 20 gig Maxtor (NTFS).
What I want to use this for is as follows:
Role a) File server: I want the machine to auto synchronize my girlfriends share with her Windows (XP pro) machine’s My Documents folder on a set schedule.
Role b) She then needs to be able to access the server copies of those files from the computer labs in her university (she’s a grad student).
Role c) FTP server: so I can copy files from work to my home network
Role d) web server: why, because its fun.
So far – OS is installed, users are added (including smb passwords). Samba is configured and accessible from the local network. Apache 2 (ADVX) is installed and running, FTP server runs fine.
1) I cannot access my public_html folder from either the local network or Internet. It connects, then gives the error: “Connection refused trying to contact 127.0.0.1”
2) I don’t know how to auto synchronize the shares (I suspect there is a simple cron job I can setup but that’s the extent of my understanding)
3) I don’t know what tool/software package/setup to use in order to give my girlfriend worthwhile (not simply FTP) access to her files. Perhaps a remote desktop/TightVCN setup? Advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
4) As it stands all of this is horribly insecure. I would like to lock it down while retaining functionality.
I’m going to keep researching. But any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Your webserver problem sounds like it may be running on a different port, or the port you're trying to access it on is blocked by a router in between you and the comp. For File access, you could use samba, or if you use KDE, I belive there is a dameon built in called lisa.
I have port 80 and 8080 both forwarded to that machine in the router setup. I can try putting it in the DMZ to see if that fixes it, but then I have a host of other issues. What other ports could possibly be causing the issue?