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Linux Firewall/Server Box

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by smoove, 26 Mar 2006.

  1. smoove


    Joined: 15 Dec 2002

    Posts: 5,390

    How difficult would it be to setup a linux box and use that box as a firewall/anti virus & file server for my 2 other XP machines?

    So basically, I need the linux box to my my net filter and fileserver for both XP machines and allow us to play games against each other still.

    I was thinking about Ubuntu as it looks the most friendly.
  2. oldbag


    Joined: 14 Oct 2003

    Posts: 7,844

    Go for FreeBSD if you can. It has excellent documentation, and it's easy to use once you've read up on it.
  3. BillytheImpaler

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  4. dsemuk


    Joined: 1 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2

    SMEserver Contribs

    Based on CentOS with a very easy to use web interface, offers both your firewall and file server.

  5. smoove


    Joined: 15 Dec 2002

    Posts: 5,390

    They both look excellent, but does smoothwall allow it to act as a fileserver as well?

    My plan is:

    Net == Router == Linux Box HD1, Files HD2 = XP Box 1/2.

    How difficult would it be for someone with very little experience with Linux or networking for that matter to set the above up?
  6. AndrewP


    Joined: 27 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,601

    Location: Livingston

    I have a pretty similar setup at home, without the anti-virus which is done locally on the PCs, my server is an old Duron 700 with some spare harddisks in (280Gb), running CentOS 4.2, samba for the network file storage and an iptables firewall. Does DHCP aswell.

    Setup is straightforward, usual graphical installer and pick the packages you want, iptables firewall examples are all over the web and its run as part of the startup process. Simple Samba configuration for a network share is easy enough, and you can do much more advanced things aswell.

    Network configuration is easy once you have figured out the topology - I have the external router as one external IP and the server as another so I can connect to it remotely, but your ISP might only give you one IP for the router.

    I picked CentOS as I have a bit of RedHat experience, but virtually all distros will be able to run what you need :).
  7. VaderDSL


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,484

    Location: Manchester

    Daft question and apologies for hijacking :( but the contribs (CentOS) is based on red hat yes? does this mean you need to install a distro of red hat first? or is the OS simply a reconfigured distro in itself?
  8. FirebarUK


    Joined: 9 Dec 2004

    Posts: 5,637

    Location: Dorset

    Its an OS in its own right.