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Re: Debian 6.0 'Squeeze' home server - Installation guide



On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 01:59:42PM +0000, Pinguim Ribeiro wrote:
> 
> In a easy to follow way (you can copy and paste all you need) this site will
> guide you step by step through:

There doesn´t seem to be more than the "before you begin" and
installation part 1 and part 2?

There´s no mentioning about setting up RAID and reasonably
partitioning the disks in the installation guide. I consider RAID1 as
a minimum requirement to minimally secure your data, and when setting
up servers, it´s a minimum requirement for reliability. I´d also
recommend not to use DHCP but --- if provided by some router --- to
turn it off in the router and to do all network configuration in the
LAN manually.

But then, there´s a decision to make wheather to use a(n external)
router/firewall or not, and since you´re about setting up a server,
you might want to consider to use the server as a firewall and
router. This would be a topic that could be discussed in the "before
you begin" section so that everyone can make their own decision,
considering the advantages and disadvantages.

On a side note: When you start with a computer and the installer CD
and some sort of internet connection that needs to be established
before it can be used (like pppoe), is that even possible? I´ve never
tried that, but I haven´t seen a way in the installer to setup a way
to dial-in, like pppoe, to get a working internet connection. If it´s
possible, ppl don´t need to buy routers if they decide to set up their
server in such a way that it does the routing and firewalling.

There doesn´t seem to be a section planned about compiling the
kernel. Though it´s possible to use a kernel out of the box, the
kernel the installer installs is awfully bloated ... Some other topics
that seem to be missing is setting up your nameserver and traffic
shaping.


One mistake that ppl starting to use Linux often seem to make is
demanding that everything they can think of somehow magically starts
to work all by itself. They have no idea about how much there is to
learn about every aspect, and they don´t realize that they will have
to do the learning, how time consuming that will be, how much effort
it takes and how annoying it can be. Instead, they get frustrated
quickly.

Any guide giving even the slightest suggestion that they could easily
and reasonably set up and administrate a server as complex as you
envision would mislead them. Trying to give them an idea of what they
are eventually about to get into and that they need to make one very
small step after another rather than demanding that everything has to
work right now is something I´d tell them even before the "before you
begin" section.


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