[nycbug-talk] Setting up a home network with FreeBSD (not connected to the Internet yet)

Francisco Reyes lists
Sun Sep 4 00:15:54 EDT 2005

On Mon, 29 Aug 2005, Maude User wrote:

> I have a 1U rackmount server (running FreeBSD 5.4)
> and a laptop (dual-boot running WinXP-Pro and
> FreeBSD 5.3) and I'd like to connect the two in a
> home network (not connected to the Internet) so I
> can learn web development using Apache, PHP,
> Python, Plone, Ruby, MySQL, PostgreSQL etc.

I highly recommend Absolute BSD by Michael Lucas. The best FreeBSD book in 
my shelf (of the 4 or 5 books on FreeBSD that I own).

> Later I'll co-locate the server in a datacenter. I'd
> like the home network setup to be similar to the
> eventual co-lo setup so that it would provide a
> realistic environment for learning and testing,

It would be much more realistic if you connected your "Server" to the 
internet so you can practice securing it before you actually put 
real/important data in it.

Don't forget to do at least some minimal security measures such as setting 
up a firewall and perhaps only allowing your home IP (once you know it.. 
after you get internet) to be able to connect through SSH.

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