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Old 11-05-2007
Question need help with setting up linux server


I recently got my first "real" job, i come from a *microsoft* world, I'm being asked to setup from scratch a database and a webserver that allows users to view/add/edit data (intranet).

I installed Ubuntu Server 7.10 which comes with LAMP (apache 2.*, mysql5.* and php 5.*)

The only two things i want to allow to be done from the user's side are to go to : myserver/library/admin.php and myserver/library/guest.php

I understand that if i want to restrict which IPs can view my pages, i have to configure Apache to do that.

do i need to make "myserver" a "domain name server"? if yes, what for? (excuse me for beeing such a dummy)

i installed the gnome-desktop package, but i didn't let it start automatically, i start it manually (startx) when i need to manage multiple files or configs since i'm not that fast or used to using a console. is it a security risk? or will it slow down the server?

i'm using phpmyadmin to manage the mysql database.

right now the server is installed in a virtual machine untill i master all it's aspects (get to know them first Smilie) and tweeks, then will move it to production

Can anyone advise me whether my choices are good, or if they're bad please correct me, also what else can i do to make my server more secure?

how would you do if you were in my place?

thanks for any help...

btw it was my idea to use a Linux server instead of a microsoft one, it's my *** on the line here Smilie (*** = job Smilie)
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Old 11-07-2007
do i need to make "myserver" a "domain name server"? if yes, what for?
- The machine that you've installed Ubuntu on, most probably has hostname. If you want to use another name, just do "hostname new-host-name". This can also be configured in apache's httpd.conf with "#ServerName"
You can always use the IP address of the machine too. Installing gnome-desktop is not a security risk, but may slow down the server, depending on the type of work you're doing, but less possible.
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Old 11-07-2007
thanks sysgate
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