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Re: any recomendedations of documentation for half a dozen services.

On Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 01:09:32AM +1030, Karl Goetz wrote:
> hi all
> i'm about to deploy a network which will be using debian servers on its
> backend (etch, hopefully) and about a hundred gnu/linux desktops.
> I'll be setting up a bunch of services, and was hoping people could
> recommend specific help they used to go with the huge quantity of
> goodness-knows-what-quality doco on the internet.
> cifs/smb

The Samba documentation is adequate.  There is also a Samba HOWTO at

> nfs

Uggh.  Do you really need NFS?  If you have kerberos, something like AFS
might be a better choice.  If you have to have NFS, then it really
depends on how you plan to use it.

> dhcp

The documentation included in the dhcp3-server package is just fine.
DHCP is relatively simple to setup.

> dns

There is this article that I really like:

If you have never setup BIND before, it is a good place to get started,
even if you plan for your installation to be lots bigger than the one

> cups

What do you want to do with CUPS?  Do you need print job accounting?  Do
you need authentication to print?  Lots more infomation is needed to
give you a good pointer to the right docs.

> avahi

Not familiar with this.

> exim4

Personally, I would recommend Postfix instead.  If you choose Postfix,
there is tons of good documentation on the Postfix website.

> apache
>   "  ssl

Apache is one of the best documented open source/free software projects.
Of course, without knowing how you intend to use it, it is hard to give
anything more specific than that.

> Hope you can give me some advice!

If you can provide some more details, you will get better advice.



Roberto C. Sanchez

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