Hello all, I must say that this forum is quite a bit different from most of the other linux forums I’ve been part of. Those who respond are very friendly , not condescending, and respond pretty quickly. I’m currently working on a server for the church I attend, it’s been a goal for awhile to upgrade the current infrastructure. We currently have a cable modem feeding a linksys e1000, I have 4 of them spread out thru the church all of them running ddwrt. The first off the cable modem is the dhcp server the others just pass dhcp to the main, all the wireless use the same ssid with each router using a different channel with this setup I can roam from one end of building to the other and not drop connection. One of them is setup as a WAP for the printer because the room the printer is in has no lan jacks. My primary goal for the upgrade is to move the network processing to something more robust, I’ve got a dell 2950 I’ve been trying different solutions with. I’ve tried centos, ClearOS, running proxmox to have pfsense on a vm to segment network tasks, couldn’t get traffic to pass between vm’s so I gave that up. This has been an on and off venture for about a year and last week I decided to revive the project and started searching for solutions again, not sure how I missed nethserver before but I found it this time around and boy was I happy.
The main things I want to accomplish are:
Have separate vlans for public and office use,
Throttle public bandwidth,
Owncloud capability to gain cloud storage space, currently using Dropbox and we are maxed out.
Things that would be nice would be to move our website local, and a mail server.
About me, I’ve always love toying with computers ever since I was young they’ve just always fascinated me. In 2000 after coming back to the states after being stationed in Germany I finally took the plunge and built my own computer, I broke windows 98 more times than I can remember learning new stuff. One night I was going thru the barracks for something and the individual on guard duty was in the day room and had his pc there playing with something I hadn’t seen before, I asked him what is was and where he got it. It was linux and he told me I could get it for free just download it from the Internet, that was it I was intrigued. When I got home I did some searching and found there was all kinds of linux you could get, I had to try as many as I could!!! I probably downloaded a dozen or so and quickly found out some were way better than others and most required a certain level of knowledge about the hardware which took me a little bit to figure out. Over the years I’ve strayed away for a time but always coming back to one of the best OS’s on the planet.
I’m really looking forward to 7 being RTM, I’m using it in beta now to see if I can fit it into what I’m trying to do. Sorry for the book, glad to be a part of this community.