Server-Bits #1: Setting Up Ubuntu

The Blog of Tom Webster

  2009-12-21 22:04:00 PST

originally uploaded by samurailink3.

First up: Setting up Ubuntu with Encryption or: How I learned to stop

worrying and love the AES cipher.

Before you begin there are a few things this guide will assume:

1. You have a computer capable of running Ubuntu Linux 9.10.
2. You have a router with the ability to port forward.
3. Your internet connection is of Broadband capacity or better.
4. You don’t want to spend any money, or you want to spend as little as possible.

First thing you will need to do is download and burn an Ubuntu 9.10 Alternate Install Disk. [Why the Alternate install disk? I, personally, like to encrypt my server hard drives. This is completely optional, and the ‘normal’ install disk is faster/easier to install, but this guide will walk through the alternate install disk for encryption purposes.]

Go ahead and step through the “Server-Bits #1” photo set on Flickr to run through the tutorial.

About Server-Bits:

If you’ve ever wanted to get started building a server, right in your own backyard, kitchen, closet, mother’s closet, mother’s basement, then this is the read for you. Aimed at the not-so-technical-but-willing-to-learn, this will give you everything you need to build… that monster-server you’ve dreamed of. My goal: To give you a working, rocking server, for free, that you can use daily.