One of the classes I am taking in my last semester is a project course. This 14 week course will involve me and a partner designing, testing and implementing an enterprise network.
The project we have chosen is, as we have named it, “Free and Open Enterprise Solutions” and the main goal of our project is to put together an enterprise business network out of nothing but free software. We’ve decided to use operating systems CentOS and Lubuntu for our servers and desktops and either PFSense or Smoothwall as our firewall OS. We also plan to use open source/freeware applications such as VMware Zimbra for our email/calendar server, OpenLDAP for our directory and common place user apps such as Firefox and LibreOffice.
Now, we’ve both been using Linux for a few years now and are no stranger to accomplishing everyday tasks with all this software and we are both comfortable managing server tasks with Windows. However, we haven’t attempted anything this level (we’ve run DNS and DHCP on SUSE, but not much more than that) and while it will be challenging, we are very excited to get the project rolling.
Now why am I talking about all of this? Well, I’ve noticed a lack of really beginner documentation for Linux server management (hey, we all have to start somewhere) and I want to share my experiences over the next few months to maybe help out other new and adventurous admins. As I get these services working (OpenLDAP, Zimbra, VPN, File Shares, etc) I will write guides on how to get them up and running and how to manage them.
So here is to adventure and lets all hope my project doesn’t crash and burn in a glorious burst of flames!