Building a server with FreeBSD 7

Building a Server with FreeBSD 7No Starch Press has released its eagerly awaited Building a Server with FreeBSD 7

This modular guide to building a FreeBSD server is has been written to make it easy for (new) users to choose the packages that they need, with step-by-step directions for installation and configuration.

The book’s modules cover topics like:

  • Running common FreeBSD admin commands and tasks.
  • Managing the FreeBSD ports collection.
  • Installing third-party apps like Apache, Courier-IMAP, SpamAssassin, CUPS, Cyrus SASL, MediaWiki, and WordPress.
  • Setting up MySQL, NTP, ISC DHCP, ISC BIND DNS, PHP, OpenLDAP, OpenSSH, OpenSSL, and OpenVPN.
  • Appendixes explain user management, backup/restore, and network protocols. Building a Server with FreeBSD 7 will have readers running their own server loaded with useful modules in no time, with a minimum of hassle.

The most difficult part of building a server with FreeBSD, the Unix-like operating system, is arguably software installation and configuration. Finding the software is easy enough; getting everything up and running is another thing entirely. The only option for many people has been to hire a consultant.Building a Server with FreeBSD 7 is for those of us who prefer to build our own server. If you’re a small business owner looking for a reliable email server, a curious Windows administrator, or if you just want to put that old computer in the closet to work, you’ll learn how to get things up and running quickly. Then, once you have a working system, you can experiment, extend, and customize as you please.

You’ll learn how to install FreeBSD, then how to install popular server applications with the ports collection. Each package is treated as an independent module, so you can dip into the book at any point to install just the packages you need, when you need them.

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