Re: Linux server features - newbie question
From: NimmerSoft (nimmer_at_tdcspace.dk)
Date: 11 Dec 2003 08:16:00 -0800
Mark Hackett <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:<wesBb.email@example.com>...
> VD wrote:
> > Hi,
> > Right now, my company uses a windows machine as an internet gateway
> > server and main domain controller. Most of the clients are XP and
> > win98, couple NTs and Win2000. I am thinking of replacing the server
> > with a Linux server and Samba server. I need the following to work:
> > 1) The server will act as a gateway so all local machines' internet
> > requests will be routed to the internet modem (such as DSL) using this
> > machine.
> > The question is that is this easy to configure (I installed linux
> > machine, and know Unix commands to go about, vi, pine, do some
> > programming on it) and is it possible for with M$'s environment to
> > work with this. Is this what Samba is for?
> It usually goes off without a hitch. When it doesn't, there is a learning
> curve, since you'll find that you need to run *this* to get some
> information, then run *that* to get the configuration, then run...
> Don't get frustrated, and don't do it when there is time pressure.
> > 2) The server will be the central place to add/remove domain users.
> > It will also be a place to authenticate users when they login. Would I
> > use Samba for this?
> You can use Samba to act as a domain controller (their desktop will exist on
> the Linux Box).
> > 3) The server runs a firewall. This probably uses an open source
> > firewall.
> No problem with that. Ignore the other guy - it's good practice, but
> overkill for a home network to separate firewall and other functionality.
> One thing you should do is get the firewall blocking contact from either
> side of the firewall - if your windows box gets hacked, it can create merry
> hell otherwise - close everything and only allow what you must allow (check
> out firewall builder or other firewall creation scripts to help out).
> > 4) I would like to run the LAN using wireless. This means that the
> > Linux server will have 1 ethernet card to the outside, and the
> > internal IP device points to the wireless hub. Is there widely
> > wireless support for linux? Do I have to install the wireless driver
> It varies. Ask the supplier (although many wireless cards are supported, the
> manufacturers won't bloody tell you. Check on the website of the distro you
> use , also ask others which ones they have running under Linux (note:
> always make sure you let the shop owner know that you need the card for
> > into Linux, or it's just another ethernet card, and a Cat5 cable
> Easiest thing to do is buy a Wireless Access Point that has an ethernet port
> - all of them will work with Linux, though configuration *could* be
> Windows-only - you can use your Windows PC for that, though.
> > connect from this card to the Wireless hub? What about the software
> > that manages all the wireless clients (is there such a thing?)? (I
> > haven't touch the wireless stuff before in my life, please have some
> > mercy on my newbieness).
> > 5) Is there anything that I forget for a general small LAN
> > configuration?
> You can use Samba to allow shared printers to your Windows boxes. Also, add
> virus scanner software to your Linux box to reduce the problems with
> accepting nasty emails.
> > Thank you very much in advance,
> > VD
I am having the same thing on the way here.
I have got to the point where I can get on the net with the RedHat9
The Samba makes the machine visible to the windows98-machines and vice
I would like to use the linux machine as a "router".
I have an ADSL modem and a switch. The Linux has two NICs and one goes
to the ADSL-line and the other to the switch to which two windows98
machines are connected.
How do I get the other machines to connect to the net through the