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    Server setup guides books?

    Are there any good guides that walk you through the process of setting up a server from a newbie perspective
    Most of the books out there and documentation I have read is pretty rubbish.
    Any recipe type guides or books that show you how to get from A - B

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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    What's a landing but a take off in reverse?

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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    If you describe "A to B" in a little more detail, then we might be able to give you some specific procedures. There are so many ways to set up a server and the frameworks are changing so quickly, that writing a current book is difficult.

    If you just want to learn, then install tasksel and run that (using sudo) then pick the services that you want to install.
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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    Just how to get Server related stuff off the ground for example

    FTP
    SAMBA
    How to backup a hardisk to another drive or best methods of backup
    Torrent Server
    Media Server

    All in plain easy to understand noob friendly recipes

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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    You might mean SFTP instead of FTP in some cases. There are some situations where FTP is still used but for many (most?) situations, it's better to go with a securable option, SFTP.

    About the Torrent, look at Transmission as one possible option. Torrents are P2P so the client and server are the same.

    In general, you have a rather good server guide for 12.04
    https://help.ubuntu.com/lts/serverguide/

    There is specialized documentation on Samba:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Samba

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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    I was thinking though considering how big the Ubuntu community is, How comes nobody has written a decent Server book when I say this most Linux books you pick them up and they waffle on about the history of Linux and why it's great then then bombard you with pages of commands and switches and reading it is just like watching paint dry.

    What would be great would be a book where the author just goes right I am going to show you boys how to setup a server I will be using the following hardware then bang straight into setting up and installing including raid then the next receipe builds upon it in a logical way i.e installing tools to monitor the raid, updating the O/S installing and securing SSH

    that would be awesome serious gap in the market there would save everyone the hassle of wasting hours on google researching stuff

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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    A few years ago, I reviewed two Apress books by Sander van Vugt - Beginning Ubuntu LTS Server Administration, and Pro Ubuntu Server Administration. That was for version 8.04 - I suspect there have been updates, but I haven't seen them. "Decent Server book" is in the eye of the beholder, though.
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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    Well that's old documentation dude how would that help? lol

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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    Quote Originally Posted by ally2 View Post
    Well that's old documentation dude how would that help? lol
    You haven't mentioned what version of Ubuntu you are running, so how are we to know what's "old documentation" to you?

    Here's "new documentation"
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Transmission
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Samba
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SS...FTP_.28sftp.29 (ftp is insecure, do NOT use it)
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MediaServer
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BackupYourSystem

    I'll bet most of the techniques in that stuff could be classified as "old documentation".

    Let us know where you get stuck after reading those.
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    Re: Server setup guides books?

    You need to write your own book. That way you can put those hours of searching the web to good use.

    Some people like watching paint dry. They actually see patterns in the paint.

    Search the NewDocs link below for your search terms. For instance "media server" brings up: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ps3MediaServer

    If those instructions are not clear, then you can post better instructions by going through the wiki edit procedures.

    It takes 10 years to learn linux. Servers are not for newbies. There is an implicit understanding that you have spent some time with linux (10 years would be good) before attempting to set up and administer a linux server.
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