Running A Small Business Server With ClearOS 6.3.0 (Community Edition) - Page 2

3 Configuring ClearOS

Open the ClearOS web interface in a browser. You must log in with the username root and the root password you specified during installation:

The Install Wizard will come up to guide you through the initial configuration. Click on Next:

Select your network mode. Most people will use ClearOS in a local network, so Private Server Mode (No Firewall) is the correct choice for this scenario:

In the next two steps the network is configured. We can just click on Next because we have already configured the network during the ClearOS installation:

Next select if you want to use ClearOS Community or ClearOS Professional. You can learn more about the differences here:

In the next step the wizard checks if new updates are available. Click on Next to install them:

The updates are now being installed. Click on Next afterwards:

In order to use the ClearOS Marketplace and install apps, we need to create a ClearOS account and register this server. If you don't already have a ClearOS account, click on the Create Account button:

Fill out the form and click on Create Account:

Now that you have a ClearOS account, you can register this server. Fill out the form and click on Register System:

Click on Next afterwards:

Fill in your domain. As I'm using as the hostname, I specify here:

Make sure the correct hostname is filled in and click on Next:

Select the correct time zone:

Now we come to the marketplace. It has multiple categories (e.g. Server, Network, Gateway, System) from which you can select services to install. Some of them are free, for others you have to pay. Select the services you want to provide (e.g. a print server and a Samba file server):

If you choose an app that requires payment, you will have to authenticate now and provide your payment details.

Afterwards, you will see a list of your selected apps. To install them, click on Download and Install:

The selected apps are now being downloaded and installed. Click on Finish Install Wizard afterwards:

Now that the Install Wizard has finished, you will see the ClearOS dashboard. In the menu on the left you will find menu entries for your installed apps so that you can manage these services.

You will always find a User Guide link on all service pages so that you can read the appropriate documentation in case you don't know what to do:

Under System > Accounts, you can manage users and groups for the provided services:


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By: Uncle Ed

Years ago, I installed ClarkConnect (v. 3?), the predecessor to ClearOS, on a retired Windows 98 box and used it as a file server for years.  I quit using it, not because it wasn't working well and doing absolutely everything I wanted it to do, but because the age of the fans and hard drive got to be a worry.

Then a friend needed a database to pacify some supervisor who thought a list of items with 21 records and 10 fields should be available online.  (Can you guess my enthusiasm?)  So I found another retired computer and installed the then-current version of ClarkConnect (4?) and set up PHP/MySQL to do the database.  As you might imagine, this ended up being a high utilization server--judging by the IP addresses, I'm not sure anyone but my friend and the supervisor ever accessed it.  But it was still running and wasting watts when I moved and shut it down.  (Don't think anybody ever noticed.)

Last year I set up a small web page running on a ClearOS 5 and I'm actually using it.  Again, it's on a salvaged computer and doing everything I could want it to do.  

Be careful how you take this, but Clark/ClearOS is boring after you get it running.  If you want excitement, crashes, midnight crises, etc., in your server, go somewhere else.  It might have taken an hour to set up the last server, after I downloaded the software, but certainly no more.   The database and the web pages took a while before I got what I wanted, and I guess it's been running since last Thanksgiving without my even thinking about it.   Maybe if I think of it once or twice a year I might look at the error/intrusion logs to see what IPs are trying to test it, but as far as I know none of these servers has ever been entered.  

ALL of the cautions apply: choose hardware appropriate to the task (I used junk because none of them was of much consequence) and back it up faithfully.  The software has a backup built in and you can use other backup if you want.  Check your intrusion logs regularly.  It's possible I've never been broken into because the intruders could guess there wasn't anything they'd want on it. 

And enjoy using your time doing something else. 


By: Craig Dariels

I've only recently stumbled across this OS, and I'm afraid it's the best thing to ever happen to the world of servers and administration! I'm only now testing it, but from what I've seen so far, this is going to be the "Clear" choice for not only a backend file server, but also a SQL provisioning box as well, there's going to be some NAS involved at a later date and I don't see this being a problem. I have to take my hat's off to whomever makes this've made the lives of many a system admin's that much more easier! I will be "recommending" that our company "contribute" to your cause on a regular basis....and for myself personally?....I'll be going to cafepress and getting ma a couple of t-shirts...LoL! Carry on guys and gals!!