Going to setup a small company server... but how?

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by LINUXstarter, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. LINUXstarter

    LINUXstarter New Member

    Hi, everyone. I'm going to set up a server for my company. It's a small company that have 12 desktop and 5 laptop, perhaps will increase at the near future...

    But since i have none of server setup experience, so i browse through the internet... unfortunately, that makes me more confuse...

    So the requirement is like this, mostly the server will be use to store the documents, so i considered it as a database server. Maybe you guys have some good ideas?

    Then about the OS, i wonder how can i choose a server OS? I read the perfect server - fedora 7 in here, so i think it can be apply, right? So, if i use Fedora 7 as OS in the server, do i still need MS server software? And how about the Anti-virus software? Do i need it? Besides the Fedora 7, what else do i need in order to setup a server?

    Please give me some suggestions or something... Thanks!
  2. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    First you need to know what you want to do before anyone can tell you how to best achieve that.

    You said most likely to store documents. Do you want to store the documents as binary large objects in a database or shall there be a database system employed that will help you organizing the actual documents?

    The perfect howtos are aimed at setting up a typical webserver featuring apache, php, mysql, email... I don't think that is exactely what you need.

    Antivirus programs are genereally not needed in linux environments - except to filter out viruses that could harm Windows computers. So if you run an email server or file server to which Windows clients connect to, you can add another level of security by running anti-virus scans on those files.
  3. LINUXstarter

    LINUXstarter New Member

    OK, the situation is like this, first, this server is going to store the company's documents. Meanwhile, it can be accessed by clients and they can update a particular document both in their computer and the document in the server. Of course, all the documents only allow access by company's employees. This is and the only main function of setting up the server, according to my manager. So it will just handle the company's documents.

    Since i read some of the articles throughout the internet, i think the server OS will be Fedora 7, but i have no idea what else do i need, is it good to use windows server 2003 with Fedora? Or just Fedora is fine?

    By the way, which machine do you think is recommended? Thanks!!
  4. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    Have a look at this, if that is what you need:


    Last edited: Sep 27, 2007
  5. technick

    technick New Member

    I agree with the previous poster, sme server would probably work out for you until you learn linux better. I'm not really a Windows person so my response would be biased towards the Windows Server 2003 question.
  6. LINUXstarter

    LINUXstarter New Member

    Hi, i read somewhere that said...

    The SME server is installed on ordinary Intel hardware. Note: this is NOT a product you install on an existing Linux system; this is a complete integrated operating system that you install on dedicated hardware.

    So is that mean that it only can be installed on Intel machine? And just install the SME Server without install any OS?

    By the way, is it possbile to set this server offline? I mean, since this server is use to handle documents, nothing to do with email...
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2007
  7. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    well, apache is not an operating system but a server software. So you will need an existing operate system already installed before you attempt to install apache.

    The SME Server package is not such an addon but a full operating system (including various server daemons). That's what is meant by "Note: this is NOT a product you install on an existing Linux system; this is a complete integrated operating system that you install on dedicated hardware."

    What do you mean by setting the server offline?
  8. LINUXstarter

    LINUXstarter New Member

    that means what i only need is just a SME Server package, right?
    but how about the security issues? Do i need to install any anti-virus software?

    By the way, is SME server package free?

    Since i read through the how-to that you gave... It seems quite easy... But i'm not sure of that... what else do i need to becareful while install the SME?

    Thanks again...
  9. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    you just need the SME Server packages..

    is it free? Have a look at their page...

    AV: That depends very much... antivirus on linux does not filter out viruses for linux (there are almost none and even if they are, they are "complicated" to install)... anyway, antivirus on linux is being used to scan emails and file shares for windows viruses so that windows users won't catch them... the weakest link in security is still the user (users that just click on everything and say "ok" or "proceed" without knowing what they are doing)... so it's up to you to decide whether you want to run AV or not.
  10. LINUXstarter

    LINUXstarter New Member

    According to the requirements that stated before.
    I think i'm going to set this server in "server-only" mode.
    How am i going to do with ISP?
    I mean, do i still need to register a DNS with ISP?
  11. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    if you just use it within a corporate lan you won't need to register anything with your ISP...
  12. LINUXstarter

    LINUXstarter New Member

    Hi.. I have a new task now..
    Which is to store customer information, like contact details, email.. all those things..
    SO, is it SME able to offer that function?
    like i enter a customer's name, it shows up their information.. maybe through webpage or what..
    OR is there any software that can assists in this way and also compatible with SME? Maybe like.. FileMaker?
  13. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  14. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    if it's just contact management maybe something like eGroupWare is better suited...

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