I'm trying to set up three servers at home (T1 Connected) load balanced to handle one of my websites and a couple of my friends smaller websites, the servers I'm planning to purchase are Dell SC1420
models. I just have a few questions from the more experienced people around here since this the first time I'm going to try to move away from my dedicated host provider (Layered Tech) and try to set up the servers at home...
What Linux would you recommend for this and why? I currently have CDs for SUSE 10.1 and Ubuntu, and my current OS on my dedicated servers are Fedora Core 4.
During installations how tos on how forge I keep seeing a step like this...
On to the network settings. The default setting here seems to be to configure the network interfaces with DHCP, but we are installing a server, so static IP addresses are not a bad idea... Click on the Edit button at the top right. In the window that pops up uncheck Configure using DHCP and give your network card a static IP address (in this tutorial I'm using the IP address 192.168.0.100 for demonstration purposes):
Set the hostname manually, e.g. server1.example.com, and enter a gateway (e.g. 192.168.0.1) and up to three DNS servers (e.g. 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52):
There is a couple of things I would like to clear up and understand about this network configurations since it is the part that I don't seem to understand very well.
How do I get the values for IP Address, Netmask, Primary DNS, Secondary DNS, Tertiary DNS, and Gateway? And what do some of them do?
When setting the hostname...
Does this have the same effect as nameserver value like NS1.DOMAIN.COM that is entered in domain registrars to point a domain to the site?
Should I put the domain as my main site? And then do I have to some how point the domain of the site towards the server or something for it to work properly for that domain.
Does the host value have any signifcance outside the network, like domain wise if I have three servers for one site and someone chooses to go to a direct address like server2.domain.com instead of domain.com will they see anything different?
Anyways any other instructions or recommendations regarding setting up the 3 server setup I would really appreciate it.