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Where to start for for small business / home servers?


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#1 wishmakingfairy

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 01:41 PM

I'm trying to find ways to get my current opensuse 42.2 (virtual machine) working as an actual server. Similar if not exactly the same as windows server editions. However... I was never really put in a place where I had time to play around nor had to license keys to properly get my hands on a windows server. So, I know that there is an active directory, dns server, file / printer sharing obviously but I'm not too too sure on what else there is.

**Basic Necessary Features only**

 

I've already gotten down the file / printer sharing and will work more on it once I get the machine working as a domain controller. This isn't for any business either. I just simply want to put myself into a place that will keep me learning.

 

So, what should I start with first? (I'm using webmin and already have the BIND DNS server module downloaded, but I'm pretty sure its not doing anything since I haven't touched it)


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:00 PM

You could have it dish out DHCP. Though, I honestly think that is best done via the router (in a home scenario situation).

 

You could also make Samba be the AD domain controller.


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:13 PM

I never knew samba was anything past a file sharing service :P. I never looked into it. I just always heard that you needed it to communicate to windows for files. Ill definitely look into it!

 

As for the networking part of it. I honestly would do the same with the router. But I want to know how to do it on the machine itself in case for some magical reason in the world I have a friend or know a family member that needs help, that I can be confident enough to really come to their aid. Its like my first aid training. I'm certified and ready to save lives, but in the past couple years I never have to make use of those skills either :P


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:29 PM

Haha, I hear ya. 

 

Here is something on configuring DHCP. It uses the terminal, so not sure how it would work with your GUI application. Its good to know the terminal anyway! :)


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:40 PM

If you are going to run a server make sure to have more than one computer to do it.

You can actually buy some cheap desktops from ebay under $50 (US) and make a network server out of them, i have seen it done and its really cool looking :D


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:45 PM

You don't necessarily need more than one desktop. You could run multiple VMs and achieve the same thing (as long as you have the hardware to support multiple).


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:47 PM

You don't necessarily need more than one desktop. You could run multiple VMs and achieve the same thing (as long as you have the hardware to support multiple).

 

True, but it does help to maintain the network.

I have seen single machine servers though, they are also really cool :D


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:58 PM

Ill unfortunately have to work from multiple virtual machines. But do plan on maybe even getting some from craigslist or something and having fun with it ^-^


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 03:04 PM

 

True, but it does help to maintain the network.

I have seen single machine servers though, they are also really cool :D

 

I do agree. Having multiple physical machines makes it a bit more fun!


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