Name that server

Installing, Configuring, Troubleshooting server daemons such as Web and Mail
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Name that server

Postby dwpqpqmb » 2011/12/21 14:30:07


I've been asked to install the following servers on CentOS 5.5:

DNS, FTP, Web, Network, Windows File, Server Config Tools.

Only during the installation process, I'm not sure what exact name of those servers is.

For instance, DNS = bind. I'm so new to this, little things like that are stumping me.

What are the names of the other servers I'm trying to install? I've found that the Web server is 'Apache', but I'm not sure about the others.



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Re: Name that server

Postby pschaff » 2011/12/24 03:48:43

Welcome to the CentOS fora. Please see the recommended reading for new users linked in my signature.

Don't use obsolete/unsupported releases - 5.7 is the current release. See the CentOS 5.7 Release Notes for details. By not updating you are implicitly accepting that you will live with numerous bugs and security issues (and associated known exploits) that have subsequently been fixed.

The Apache rpm is httpd. Windows services are provided by samba, or samba-3 for later versions. The upstream Deployment Guide may help.

The available groups can be found by "yum grouplist". To see what is in a group, such a "Web Server"

Code: Select all

yum groupinfo "Web Server"
See the Wiki yum articles for more.

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Re: Name that server

Postby StinGer » 2011/12/29 21:58:55

Hello and welcome to CentOS.

There are several packages for providing each of your wanted services. For instance, http can be provided by Apache httpd, or by lighttpd, or... Which one to use depends on what you will have to do and what the server will have to provide.

Personally, I work with the following packages.

* DNS: bind, which daemon is called named. Look for named.conf howtos on Internet, you'll find plenty of them.
* FTP: vsftpd. There are others, lighter, but for safety reasons and an easy virtual users management, it's my preferred. (Can use mysql DB back-end for virtual users.)
* Web: as stated earlier, there are plenty. I used to run Apache httpd. But it was quite "over capable" for what I needed. Lighttpd does exactly what I need and is lighter.
* Network: that does not mean anything really. If you're looking fore something that gives IP addresses, this is called DHCP and you should use dhcpd.
* Windows file: it uses CIFS. Samba is what you need. If you are planning on using your server as a primary domain controller (NT like) with Windows$ 7 computers, you should use samba-3 as pschaff mentioned.
* Server config tools: vim or nano are your best friends ! 8-) Some tools are providing more "friendly" ways to do this: webmin for instance (not available directly with yum).
* Mail: I know you did not mentioned it, but you will need this. The default is sendmail. I don't like the way it is configured so I generally use postfix.

These are me personal choices and may be a starting point for you. I would advise you to take a little time to choose your own packages and learn how to configure and use them.