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    Home Server Tools?


    So I'm setting up a home server, and there are some very spesific things that my "customer" wants to do. I was wondering what are the best server tools/tips/tricks/etc to do the following:


    • Deny some computers access to the internet, but allowing them to access the internet when the "customer" wants to.
    • allow for game playing between computers, with no internet access
    • Nameing scheme for them all the computers (about 8ish? some laptops some desktops, laptops connect VIA wireless access)
    • Internet filter (Dansgaurdian?)

    Now this customer wants to be able to modify these settings himself, but doesn't have the best of computer knowledge, IE: GUI interfaces will be nice, but he is adaptable.

    This server will be running SLES, or Suse Linux Enterprise Server.

    Thanks!
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    Naming scheme have a dhcp server.
    Filtered/altered internet access?
    I would go for proxy server

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    Quote Originally Posted by b2bwild View Post
    Filtered/altered internet access?
    I would go for proxy server
    So squid or something? I was hoping for some tool names
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    yes, squid will probably be your best bet for internet filtering. for web management I always used webmin as it has a module for squid (and squidguard if you use that).

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    So is it possible for the server to act as a router/gateway as well?
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    Yes, proxy acts as a gateway..
    and servers every computer in your subnet, using NAT.
    So you dont have to use complicated routing using firewalls.

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    alright! Thanks
    So... any good tutorials out there before I start? The hardware is bought, the wires are in place, so yeah!
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    Here is a very good squid guide for SUSE ---> SDB:Basic Configuration of a Proxy Server - openSUSE
    And this one small guide for squidguard ---> Linux.com :: Using squidGuard for content filtering

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    so is squidgaurd better than dansgaurdian?
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    Nothing like that. the one you know better is better.

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