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As a preface this is coming from someone who has just under $0 to spend on proper equipment but is nonetheless looking at a career in IT. My skill level ...
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- 06-08-2009 #1
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- Jun 2009
Router + VM host
My skill level is such that if I'm pointed at a guide I can usually follow it successfully.
I have two PCs and up until now have been running a web server (CentOS) in a VM on my personal desktop. Recently I acquired an old junk machine and considered fulfilling one of my ideas.
I'd like it to function as both a router and virtual machine host (VirtualBox).
Router to provide a better firewall to my desktops and stop me from using so many concurrent IP addresses.
VM host to host my web server, planned mail server and potentially other services / experiments. This will also let me shut down my desktop when not in use, saving a lot of unnecessary electricity.
So the question I suppose is... where to begin?
What distro would make a good router while still providing a GUI (for configuing VMs)? I'm familiar with Ubuntu and CentOS and willing to learn. Considering it will do nothing else it can be fairly barebones.
I love router distros (Smoothwall <3), is there something I can install to provide web admin for things like firewall and DHCP?
I was considering just virtualizing the router, but then if there is a power failure and it fails to start for some reason while I am not there, my SO will harm me.
While it's true this seems unnecessarily complex, until the cost of real router + server hardware approaches $0 this is a fun alternative.
My plan is currently partially implimented, as I installed VirtualBox on the existing Windows XP and moved my server over there.
- 06-09-2009 #2
If you are willing to learn then Minimalistic Debian will do,
You can add any desktop environment on it. like gnome/xfce/fluxbox.
If you have Old Junk Machine for the job, rethink about running VM on it.
It wont matter if you run Web Server and Router on a one machine.