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Linux on Small Office Server

By rmerriam ·
I would like to do away with my NT4 server at my business and go to linux. I am very new to linux but installed Suse 10 on my home computer with good results. Our small office (six computers) uses the NT4 server for authentication and as a file server. We do not need a web server or db server. I would possibly like to have a mail server also. The desktops will stay Win2000. I'm not afraid of the command line but would have to learn the linux commands.

Since I already have Suse 10, would it work as a server if I added Samba or is it more just for the desktop? I'm looking for an easy-to-use small business distro. I know that some distros are better suited for servers than desktops. I would appreciate any suggestions. Certainly there are many others out there with my same setup.


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One of the easier

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Linux on Small Office Ser ...

Distros to use is Mandriva , used to be Mandrake.

It's intall lets you set up a servers of different types(web mail and db) and presents you with wizards to set up the service.

I set up a working lamp server (DB and Web) with a pitiful level of experience without any trouble at all.

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Can you be more specific?

by jdumont In reply to One of the easier

I heard about Mandriva but never looked at it until I saw the praises here. What Mandriva are you talking about? Corporate server or corporate desktop or Discovery/Lx or PowerPack or PawerPack+. Thank you.

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by Jaqui In reply to Can you be more specific?

the "Community" free download edition has the majority of the tools.

which Enterprise or Commercial linux tools do you need? that is the only differences, the power packs have some commercial software, the enterprise has some additional enterprise tools. plus the commercial software.

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& Samba too

by dawgit In reply to Linux on Small Office Ser ...

Check out Samba ( ) it's an excellent file sever, works with just about everything. It can be (it is) used as a replacement for NT4 for a file server.

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I have

by Jaqui In reply to Linux on Small Office Ser ...

to agree with Tony, Mandriva's widards [ run from DrakX gui interface ] make configuring it as a server very easy.
They also have the benefit of having a Samba wizard, since to connect to a linux server for authentication and file serving you would need samba server this is a good note.

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by Chris Hardy In reply to Linux on Small Office Ser ...

I agree with the above, Mandriva is one of the easiest to set up for newer linux system admins.

I look after several clients that now all have Mandriva as their network servers. The machines work as file/print, email, web filtering etc servers. The setup was easy, reliability high, and one server in particular has been up constantly for 6 months with no issues!

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Here Here

by bob_steel In reply to Mandriva

Yep, I'd second using Mandriva in your case - You didn't mention it as a requirement but it's got a really nice firewall wizard that will turn your server box into a really nice gateway/firewall/proxy rig.

I set these up for my staff to use on their home DSL and have never had a single complaint.

Give the NT box a **** with the sledgehammer for me.


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Don't forget the Anti-Virus

by Eric.Talbot In reply to Linux on Small Office Ser ...

Since this would be a file server and your workstation are running windows, you may wanna have your file server real time scanned. Since a few anti-virus only provide this feature for linux and since this is also only for a few version of Linux. For example TREND provide this for SUSE, RHEL but not for FEDORA. This may also be something you wanna check first before selecting your OS.

I do not recommand scanning module for SAMBA as they do not provide the same security level than kernel hook module AV.

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If you are going all the way!

by terry.cox In reply to Don't forget the Anti-Vir ...

While you are at it go Star Office 8 and serve that out, supported in a served environment for Linux. Alternatively put it on the PC's under Windows. Or use Open Office for nothing if you don't want support and a few of the enterprise features.

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by apotheon In reply to Linux on Small Office Ser ...

SuSE will work for you just fine. Don't listen to all these people saying you should switch to Mandrake/Mandriva. You don't need to switch. I found SuSE to be at least as easy, more enterprise-ready, and less annoying under the hood. For graphical software management systems, YaST2 is really good, and it's not a Mandrake/Mandriva tool. In addition, SuSE gets better support from commercial software vendors than Mandrake/Mandriva.

I tend to go with Debian for everything, personally. Distros like Mandrake/Mandriva might be easier to deal with for the complete newbie, but it quickly becomes frustrating as one gains in expertise. Debian is a lot smoother and better put together under the hood. If you want to be more than an end user, or a corporate IT drone, you should get familiar with a serious distribution like Debian or Slackware. Debian is more for people who will be administrating systems, integrating enterprise solutions, and managing large numbers of computers in environments requiring stability and security. Slackware is more for the individual Linux guru with more of a focus on getting one's hands dirty with Linux internals than on network administration.

As I said, though, you'll be fine with SuSE for your purposes. It'll do what you need. Samba is what you need for Windows network connectivity, as a client or a server. If you want to set up a mailserver, I recommend Postfix for the best balance of simplicity of management, performance, price (free), and security. You should be able to install both Samba and Postfix using YaST2 for the SuSE package management system.

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