Perfect server

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by stefanos, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. stefanos

    stefanos New Member

    Hi,

    I got a dell 2950 off ebay (at a deal of a life time I think). I have on it now Fedora perfect server 9 but I have a few minor problems. I was thinking maybe it would be a good idea to upgrade to to Fedora core 10 - perfect server and start clean as I am quite new to all this. I run a few personal sites from on it on my home ADSL line and I use mydomain for the DNS (because you need 2 NS servers (ip's) and I only have 1 ADSL line).

    The questions I have are as follows:

    1) It has 2 network cards. should I just not configure 1 one or should I configure both with different ip's?

    2) Should I install Fedora 10 or some other system like ubuntu .. mandrake .. etc..

    3) It's a bit of a waist for such a PC of all the processing power should I install VMware and run a XP + Fedora perfect server? At the moment I contribute all the extra flops to seti@home.

    4) What should I do for a backup solution for my sites?

    Kind regards
    Stephen
     
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator

    IF you don't want to use that system as a router, you just need one NIC. You can add more IPs by creating virtual network interfaces (there's ab example on http://www.howtoforge.com/fedora-8-server-lamp-email-dns-ftp-ispconfig-p3 ).


    That depends totally on you. Personally, for a server I'd use Debian.

    You can do that. Instead of VMware you could as well use VirtualBox.

    Take a look at the "Backup" category: http://www.howtoforge.com/howtos/backup
    There should be some tutorials that suit your needs. :)
     
  3. stefanos

    stefanos New Member

    Hi Falko,

    Thanks for your answer, you gave me some ideas and have been on the research over the last week.

    VMWare is a better choice for me for Virtualization as I have some sites running as a VM instance and I would like to be able to make a backup of the image file in case something goes wrong on that server. I also see you use it quite a bit.

    I also agree and understand your choice as Debian it's a good OS as a server.

    My search has however brought up some good questions that I was unable to find answers to.

    As I will not use a Desktop very much but I need one (maybe every 1-2 months), and as I read your How To Install VMware Server On Debian 4.0 (Etch) at:
    http://www.howtoforge.com/debian_etch_vmware_server_howto

    Is it possible to install the base OS as the server and if I want a Desktop load the VM instance and switch to it?

    If I was to use Virtualization to run multiple servers say eg 3 for security,

    1) Apache/PHP/CGI, FTP
    2) MYSQL/greenSQL
    3) Mail Dovecot

    How would you set this up?
    (The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 10 or Debian Lenny as the base system.
    a VM instances for each of the servers.)?

    Would you need to configure a firewall for each VM instance? I ask as each instance would have it's own IP.

    I want to use ISPCONFIG, is this even possible?

    For a backup methodology would you just backup the VM instances image files? (I should have plenty of space for this)

    OR should I scrap the whole idea and just go for:
    A Perfect Desktop and one VM instance of The Perfect Server - Debian Lenny with ISPConfig?

    I have a Dell 2950:
    2 X Dual Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU 5160 @ 3.00GHz
    4 Gb Ram (8 X 512Mb)
    5 X HDD (160GB each) in Raid 5
    1 X HDD ( 500Gb) for backup

    One last Q.
    How's ISPConfig 3 coming along it looks good. Any rough ideas on a final release date? (1 - 2 months)

    Kind Regards
    Stephen
     
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator

    If you also need a desktop, I'd use Ubuntu (however, it's also possible to install a desktop on a Debian server).

    Yes, one vm per server.

    Depends on your security needs. ;)

    Yes.

    If there's nothing important on the host, I'd just back up the VMs.

    There's no release date yet, but it's around the corner. :)
     

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