It seems like just yesterday that everyone was debating whether Linux had a place in the enterprise. Today, people are talking about how and where to best deploy it. A recent NetAdmin poll, shown in Figure A, revealed that a large number of TechRepublic members are now deploying Linux.

Figure A
More organizations than not have Linux machines on their networks.

In this article, we’ll point you to a few TechRepublic case studies that will show you how some of your peers are using Linux. We’ll also provide links to several tutorial articles that offer detailed information on implementing Linux.

TechRepublic articles show the way
“This admin optimized network performance with Linux”: When one system administrator was faced with a rapidly growing network and limited resources to buy and build servers, he turned to Linux. In fact, he used Linux to build an e-mail server, a file server, and two print servers.

“How a Linux solution saved this company $35K”: This IT manager needed to subdivide his network and relieve his organization’s servers of certain tasks. This article describes how he used old computers and Linux to provide DHCP and DNS for five virtual LANs. He also describes how he used one old computer as a ping server to monitor the uptime of all his network servers.

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“Save big by replacing NT file servers with Linux Samba”: NetAdmin Republic’s community editor, Jason Hiner, describes how to set up and use Samba on a Linux server in a Microsoft Windows NT domain. While the focus of the article is on setting up a file server, it also explains how Samba can save big money over Windows file servers.

“Installing and configuring a Linux gateway”: In this Daily Drill Down from TechRepublic’s TechProGuild, you can learn how to use Linux as a gateway device between networks or a network and the Internet.

“Setting up a proxy server on Linux”: Here’s a great explanation of what a proxy server is meant to do and how to do it with Linux. This article, also from TechRepublic’s TechProGuild, describes how to use Squid as a proxy caching server that can speed and secure your users’ Web surfing activities.

“Installing Apache Web server on Linux” and “Configuring Apache Web server on Linux”: These two articles will have you running an Apache Web server on Linux in short order. Apache is a full-service Web server that has a reputation for stability and speed.

How do you prefer to use Linux?

How are you using Linux in your organization? Is it performing mission-critical duties or is it still relegated to your test network? Send us a note or post a comment in the discussion below.