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Linux Servers

  1. 1. GNU/Linux Servers NFM 2008
  2. 2. Majour Servers ● Apache HTTP Server ● Squid Proxy and Cache ● Samba Server ● FTP Server [vsftpd] ● Database Server [Postgresql,Mysql,Sqllite] ● Email Server [sendmail,postfix] ● Firewall
  3. 3. Web Server Apache
  4. 4. Introduction to Apache ● The Apache group was formed in 1995 ● Apache => A Patchy Server ● Largely because the patches to NCSA server that resulted in this new webserver. It actually got its name from the native American Tribe ● Apache Version 1.0 was released in December, 1995 ● World's most used web­server since April, 1996 ● ● 50.43% october 2008
  5. 5. Facts ● Easy administration using web based interface [webmin] ● No cost to setup a server. ● As easy as download a CD and install. ● Lower maintenance. ● Keeps running for years. ● Better Security than IIS
  6. 6. Features ● Virtual Hosting ● Acess Configuration ● Security ● mod_rewrite
  7. 7. Single website/Virtual Hosting ● Single Website ● The host definitions go into the main configuration ● Any connection to the server returns the same set of page ● Virtual Hosting ● Ip based virtual hosting – Multiple IP addresses to the same machine ● Name based virtual hosting – Multiple domain names to the same IP address ● Port based virtual hosting – Hanlding the request in a particular port
  8. 8. Access Configuration ● Allow from ● Allow access from the given networks and addresses or when the environment satisfies a condition ● Deny from ● Deny access from the given networks and addresses or when the environment satisfies a condition
  9. 9. Security ● mod_ssl ● Set SSLCertificateFile and SSLCertificateKeyFile ● Digital certificates from OpenSSL ● mod_security ● can the incoming requests for attacks and can proactively prevent attacks on the server ● mod_userdir ● nables “~username” urls for user
  10. 10. mod_rewrite ● Rewrite Incoming Url based on regular expressions ● Help Making Clean Urls in dynamic content generation like php ● Can Use Regular Expressions for rewrite ● Using .htaccess in each directory
  11. 11. More ... ● mod_proxy can take care of proxy, both reverse and forward ● Perl, Python and Ruby have script engines that come as modules to Apache ● Apache is the most used webserver, since 1996 :) ● 59% of world wide web servers are apache
  12. 12. Proxy Server Squid
  13. 13. Introduction to Proxy ● In a typical setup a Web­Proxy requests pages from the Internet on behalf of the clients on the local network and serves them to the local clients. – Enhances security on LAN – When caching is enabled, gives a better browsing experience ● Proxy servers also cache data and avoid redundant and repeated requests to servers for the same data. ●
  14. 14. Features of Squid ● Web Proxy and Cache for HTTP, FTP ● DNS Lookup Cache ● Reverse Proxy to accelerate speed of web servers ● Access Control Lists ● Bandwidth management
  15. 15. Network File Sharing Server Samba
  16. 16. Introduction to SMB ● NetBIOS by IBM and Sytec ● NetBIOS + Disk I/O redirection => SMB – Server Message Block Protocol by Microsoft – Now called the CIFS [Common Internet File System] ● Windows machines advertise their services and presence on the network using this protocol ● The “Network Neighbourhood”
  17. 17. Introduction to Samba ● Andrew Tridgell published his code in early 1992 ● Actual development started two years later ● Opening windows to the wider world ● Samba runs on unix platforms, but speaks to Windows clients like a native windows machine ● Lets you share files and printers over the network ● Works with SMB as well as its latest form CIFS
  18. 18. Features Samba ● File and Printer sharing ● Access controls ● Remote Logons ● Work As a part of windows Network ● Can Act as the Primary Domain Controller ● SWAT (Samba Web Administration Tool)
  19. 19. Ftp Server Vsftpd
  20. 20. Introduction to FTP ● File Transfer Protocol ● Criticisms – Passwords are sent in clear­text – Multiple TCP/IP connections needed – No integrity check in case of connection failures ● Alternatives – SFTP and FTPS for secure copying – Secure Copy or SCP is now­a­days largely used
  21. 21. Features of vsftpd ● A simple FTP server ● Anonymous access ● Security considerations ● Easy Configuration
  22. 22. Active Directory Open LDAP
  23. 23. Features ● Active Directory is essentially LDAP and Kerberos tied together (although slightly Modified) ● OpenLDAP is the usual LDAP implementation ● If you decide to keep Active Directory, Samba version 3.0 or higher is needed to integrate well with it
  24. 24. Domain Name System (DNS) server BIND [Berkeley Internet Name Domain]
  25. 25. Features of BIND ● Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) is one of the many industry standard Open Source packages that make up much of the Internet infrastructure. ● Domain name serving is one of the easiest (and most transparent to the end user) conversions you' face. ● BIND works from plain text configuration files, not a GUI.
  26. 26. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server ISC’s DHCP
  27. 27. Features ● ISC’s DHCP is industry standard Open Source Package ● it works better with Windows clients than a Windows DHCP server ● DHCP server keeps its configuration data in a .mdb file
  28. 28. Web Application Server (Java) ● Lots of products in this area. Probably the same ones that you run on Windows are available for Linux – WebSphere – BEA WebLogic – Iplanet – Jboss ● Installation, configuration and management should be the same or very similar across platforms
  29. 29. Remote Access Server ● Use the pppd package that comes with your distribution ● pppd supports a variety of authentication protocols, such as PAP, CHAP, and RADIUS ● IP forwarding must be turned on in the Linux kernel ● Kpp GUI is available
  30. 30. Email Server ● lots of choices on Linux ● Sendmail, ● Exim, ● Postfix, ● The email delivery piece is the easy part
  31. 31. Groupware Server ● Bynari’s Insight server is one, but only scales up to about 50,000 email boxes. ● Ximian Insight Connector (now owned by Novell) is another ●
  32. 32. Database Server ● The two most popular Open Source ones are ● MySQL and PostgreSQL ● MySQL easy flexible ● PostgreSQL is strong and enterprise class.
  33. 33. Firewall ● Linux comes with a native firewall capability ● Linux also has native support for Network Address Translation (NAT), also known as IP masquerading ● The iptables command is what is used to create firewall and NAT rules. There are GUI front­ ends available to make that easier. ● • Commercial firewalls are also available for Linux, such as Check Point’s Firewall­1, Phoenix, StoneGate, etc.
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