[thelist] Server Administration

Dan McCullough dan.mccullough at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 15:20:21 CDT 2005

http://www.hostinghacks.net/ here are some very helpful step-by-step
instructions on setup, and hardening of a hosting server.  Everything
you need is there even come with instructions on setting up webcp a
very capable web hosting control panel.

If you wait a couple of weeks I'm finishing up writting an kickstart
floppy that will setup an entire hosting server from the Fedora Core 2
distro CD.

One thing is that no matter what you know, or how well you set
something up there will be problems at all hours of the day, and there
will be problems that will cause you headaches.  :)  Been doing
Admin/Hosting for 6 years, its fun but things and customer will try
your patience.  Also find a company with a good network you dont need
a bad network as a headache you'll get enough from everything else.

On 6/24/05, Kasimir K <evolt at kasimir-k.fi> wrote:
> Matthew Lewis scribeva in 2005-06-23 22:01:
> > only DSL, so I won't be running anything from here. Meaning, I suppose,
> > that I'll have to do everything through a command-line interface (which
> > is fine; I'm sure I can learn that part easily enough).
> CLI is easy enough to learn, but you can use web based admin tools too,
> like Webmin [http://www.webmin.com/].
> > I really just want something secure, that won't take a ton of my time to
> > look after.  All things considered, I may just opt for a managed,
> > dedicated server somewhere.  I know the cost will be higher, but if it
> > frees me up to do my other work . . .
> Indeed. I'm not a admin guy myself, but I've had to do some emergency
> maintenance on a server - it meant ridiculous amount of working hours I
> couldn't invoice.
> > Still, I do consider server administration a useful skill. I just don't
> > know if it's for me.  Is there any easy way to just get my feet wet in
> > all this and see how it comes along?
> There certainly is. Find an abandoned pc somewhere and set that up as
> your local development server - a 200MHz Pentium will do fine. It makes
> your development easier, and you can learn how to secure a server
> without risking production environment. Learn also how to break into a
> server, and practice that on your box - you got to know where the
> baddies crawl in before you can close those holes.
> .k
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