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labonet-cayes 02-09-2010 02:56 PM

DNS and Server Administration
Hi Everyone,

I am new to Linux and new to server administration. I have actually seen these things done but I have never actually done them myself. Also, most of my experience has been with Windows. I have only installed an Ubuntu server in the last month or so. However, it is up and running and samba is functioning. I have used Fedora 9 Desktop for about a couple of years.

Currently, I manage a technology center in Haiti. We have a cyber cafe (15-20 computers), a teaching lab (35 computers), and our administrative block (3 computers).

I am not really interested in an Internet domain at the moment. I only want to control Internet access, manage bandwidth, and prevent users from changing the settings on our computers,and subnet our networks so that the students and cyber cafe don't have access to our administrative computers. Also, we have a problem with wireless connections in our cafe. The only system that we have in place for ensuring that wireless users are kicked off after their time is up is for someone to keep track of them. Obviously, during heavy traffic that is not a reliable system. Also, the password is often not changed regularly. Our network technician is a young guy who is very lax about this. My prodding hasn't yet brought about the desired effect.

What I want to do is take the human factor out of the scenario. Currently, we use NetTime to manage our cyber cafe, but it doesn't have a facility to control wireless connections.

I said all of that to say, what suggestions do you all have and how should I proceed?


rweaver 02-10-2010 02:46 PM

You could look at using something like m0n0wall with radius for authentication.

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