View Full Version : Building my first server

February 24th, 2012, 04:57 AM
So I am one of those people who teaches themselves how to do something. Which can be bad, for the purpose of not be able to complete something. I will admit I have dropped projects from time to time.

But I am putting my computer skills to the test, by turning a old slim tower pc, into a small personal server. It could also run a self hosted wordpress site, such as a personal vlog.

It's purpose isn't set in stone yet. I may just work it as a cloud server. Anyways, I am upping the RAM. going to use the Ubuntu server software, and some other server software I found and think I could make good use of to set this up.

I have no server side experience, this is a kind of "for Fun" project. But I wanted to know if anyone had suggestions, comments, etc.

I don't know the slim pcs specs off hand, as I have to go pick it up out of the storage unit. But I found the stock version of it off the dell website, and it is powerful enough to run as a server, they even provide suggested server software. But the 1.5(ish) GB of RAM I am going to upgrade. Along with the Hard drive that is only 60GB (Roughly) This is like two levels above the stock version, short of Hard Drive and RAM.

But I am going all Open sources, as I tend to do.

February 24th, 2012, 06:48 AM
Might I suggest my guide for setting up a simple web server (I don't think it's outdated though if anything doesn't work properly please let me know)


February 24th, 2012, 06:58 AM
Thank you I will give it a look.

February 24th, 2012, 07:10 AM
crap, on second look, it appears dynDNS no longer provides their free dynamic DNS service, but instead just a 14 day trial. meh...i guess I have to find an alternative free service for my guide, if such a thing exists nowadays :(

February 24th, 2012, 07:20 AM
what exactly do you need?

February 24th, 2012, 07:42 AM
A free DNS (DNS = Domain Name Service). Basically it translates your website's ip address into a domain name, like mysite.com instead of

February 24th, 2012, 07:48 AM
I know DNS. Sorry I just never heard of a free DNS service.

February 24th, 2012, 07:57 AM
Ah ok. Yea dyndns's free DNS is what made me able to say 'setup a free web server' in my guide. I don't know if there are any more free DNSs around though

February 24th, 2012, 08:07 AM
I don't know if there are any more free DNS around though

OpenDNS? Google? There's probably tons more.

February 24th, 2012, 08:20 AM
Maybe can find one in the resources listed here:


February 24th, 2012, 09:49 AM
OpenDNS? Google? There's probably tons more.

Ah, and so there is. I made that guide a while ago, maybe I should go update it hmm