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Old 02-26-2004, 11:22 AM   #1
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newbie.. headless fileserver, setup and administration

Hey whats up, long time no visit. Been out of the loop for a while.

Im trying to figure out how to setup a headless file server connected by a linksys 4-port router. Also connected to this router is my desktop pc. Both running slackware 9.1.

My questions are kind of more ideas as in " I want to do this, and this is the idea I have so far as to how to do it."

1) Its headless as in no monitor/keyboard. So, in this case could I administer the machine by possibly doing something like SSH from my desktop?

2) There are a few people that I want to be able to access the server, but they aren't actually on a local network at all. In fact we all have different internet service providers. Is there a way that I can grant these people access to this machine? I know this is a big security thing for me to tackle if I consider acting on this idea. Im just wondering how they would/could/should access the machine if they are remote. Just keep them updated as to when my ip address changes and have them ftp/ssh/whatever-they-want-to-use?

3) I have apache configured for he most part. I still have to setup accounts and things like that, is there any other software I need like mysql or php? or is that just for things like web servers? This is just a file server. Should I only need some empty space to use and maybe samba?

Thanks for reading my ramble, any feedback would be welcome.
Old 02-26-2004, 11:31 AM   #2
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What I would recommend is to use SSH, as you said, for administration. I would also have your router forward port 22 to your file server and have the other people connect via ssh/sftp to get files.

For your own desktop on the current network I would mount your directories on the file server with NFS. This way you can use your data on the file server pretty much like it is local to your desktop.

There isn't really any need to run apache if you aren't doing a web server and if all the machines are linux boxes you don't need samba either. Even if the off local network machines are windows I would have them use putty and pscp (free windows ssh clients), not windows networking, to get to there files. Samba is way less secure then SSH is.
Old 02-26-2004, 12:01 PM   #3
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oh alright, sounds like all i need to do is setup networking configs and permissions etc.
Yea two of the other would-be clients are running windows and reccomended putty when I started this whole thing. Theyre just waiting LOL.
I told them eventually I want to eventually try setting up a web server, but I dont think I will be able to since I cant afford the cose of a perminent IP address from my isp. Actually i think all they do is set me up with some space on one of thier servers right? Or could I actually get a perminent ip for a computer in my home?


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