Building a nix server

Robert Meyer meyer_rm at
Mon Feb 2 08:34:13 EST 2004

Yes, this can certainly be done.  Personnaly, I prefer to have the firewall
functions separated from any other functions to minimize the possiblity that
the  firewall would be compromized.

The method to use would be to build a Linux server with all of the functions
that you need (probably a mail server, IMAP, spamassassin or some such) and
layer in a firewall package.  My preference in firewalls is 'shorewall' but all
of them use the inherent 'iptables' support in the kernel so any one you choose
should work equally well.


--- hawkwynd <hawkwynd at> wrote:
> 	Currently, I have an AMD K62-550 w/ 256mb ram, Adaptec AAA-131
> raid controller w/ 4 Ultrastar 9gb drives and a 20gb eide boot disk. The
> Os is win2k server which I am using as my gateway to the ISP for my
> workstations. I know I could replace it easily with a router and be done
> with it, but I have another idea/wish for it. 
> 	I would like to configure that machine to be the following:
> 1. An Internet gateway for my home network, as well as the firewall to
> prevent all the evils from coming in to my network. I also have a wireless
> access point tied into my switch, for my notebook which is currently
> running win2k, (soon to be nix).
> 2. an email server for myself (using Pine on Rh 7.2), and my wife's
> machine, who is using OE on her win2k pro machine. 
> 	I own a domain name,, and would like to set up 2 or
> three email accounts for our own private use, instead of the spam ladened
> accounts we use now from our ISP. I know there is a way to do this with
> Linux.
> 	Got any good book titles or URL's so I can make this happen? If
> not all, I'd accept one piece of the list so far to get me started.
> Thank you.
> -- 
> Scott Fleming
> A+ Certified CompTIA Technician

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