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Old 08-21-2006, 05:06 PM   #1
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Software that my network will need?

Somewhat new to this but have a big assignment ahead of me.

Here is what I'm looking for.

Outside users ( not on the network ) to enter in user name logins from window OS computers to sign into the network.

My server running linux.
I'd want a webserver for the outside world along with mail in and out.
File sharing on server and other pc's.

Here is what I'm thinking... Please let me know any other software I may need for this task.

Firewall (router)
Server = Linux
Web = Apache
Mail = Sendmail
Pop = some pop mail that works with sendmail
webmail = squirrelmail
mail spam = spamassasin
file sharing = samba

For logging into the network will I need ldap?
If so do I have to configure apache and sendmail to work with ldap?

Do I need to run a NFS?

Thank you for any help...
Also I would like to configure everything graphically if possible.
Old 08-21-2006, 11:32 PM   #2
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1) I suggest that you setup a software firewall on your Linux server. All distros come with IPTABLES built in, so google for a script that will setup some iptables rules for you. Typically, you can get finer grained security with iptables than a router can provide. Also, defence in depth.

2) What distro do you have in mind. I suggest Debian Stable for a server - I have found that it is rock solid and very secure. The current version is 3.1 (Sarge).

3) Apache is a good choice for a web server.

4) For mail, I understand that postfix is easier to setup than Sendmail. I suggest Courier IMAP (I think there is Courier POP3 as well ??), for the MUA

5) For file sharing, use Samba if you need to connect with Windows, otherwise use NFS. You only need to setup NFS if you have other *nix boxes sharing files.

6) SSH is essential - you will need to install the OpenSSH server, and allow connections on port 22. This also includes SFTP and SCP, which may be an alternative to NFS or Samba, depending on your needs.

I hope this helps


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