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Install Ubuntu Server for Use as a Simple Router (Stage 1)

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These instructions, which will come in several posts, are from start to finish to set up a simple router that serves out DHCP addresses on the internal network card. I spent a lot of time getting this figured out, as I am not an expert at networking (yet--I will begin working on my CCNA after I finish studying for my A+). If you already have a working installation of Ubuntu Server you may skip this post if you'd like.



As some background on exactly what I'm trying to accomplish here: I built this for work, so your setup may vary. Our setup includes many school sites that are physically separated from each other, but are connected via 100Mb fiber from a service provider back to our Technology Office, which has a Cisco 1841 that already contains all the routes setup to the site routers, which all are setup to serve out DHCP on their own subnet. The reason I was looking into this is to have a cheap, but reliable, replacement for our 15-year-old Compaq servers running Netware 6.5 th…

Setup Ubuntu Server as a Simple Router

These instructions are from start to finish to set up a simple router that serves out DHCP addresses on the internal network card. I spent a lot of time getting this figured out, as I am not an expert at networking (yet--I will begin working on my CCNA after I finish studying for my A+). If you already have a working installation of Ubuntu Server you may skip the first section if you'd like.

As some background on exactly what I'm trying to accomplish here: I built this for work, so your setup may vary. Our setup includes many school sites that are physically separated from each other, but are connected via 100Mb fiber from a service provider back to our Technology Office, which has a Cisco 1841 that already contains all the routes setup to the site routers, which all are setup to serve out DHCP on their own subnet. The reason I was looking into this is to have a cheap, but reliable, replacement for our 15-year-old Compaq servers running Netware 6.5 that are acting as routers. B…

Theoretical Archiving of Google Apps Email with Lightspeed TTC

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This was requested quite a while ago--sorry I haven't been able to share it until now. These are the theoretical steps one would go through to archive Google Apps for Education email with Lightspeed Systems' TTC. I do not take any credit for these instructions/steps--they have been adapted from an email I got from a guy working at a school district in the Midwest. He did have the system working, although I have not had a chance to test it out myself. We will probably look into this a little more seriously after this year is up as our current projects include moving to Windows 2008 Server from Novell, changing to Google Apps email from Groupwise, as well as making many other changes, so email archiving is not a huge priority right now. We're just biting the bullet and paying Postini for email archiving to start off with.

Disclaimer: as the title of this blog post says, these are theoretical, as I actually haven't had a chance to test it out yet. So don't blame me if …

The Beginning of a Journey...

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This is both frightening and exciting at the same time. The beginning of the story is: Dell (as a company) decided that they were sorry for the poor customer service they had provided in our area, so they had a little bit of 'seed' money with which they gave us a free server, built specifically for virtualization. My boss worked her magic as well and was able to pick up another one just like it (Dell PowerEdge R710), a SAN (EqualLogic PS4000X), and a couple copies of VMware ESXi. We have not started the process of setting up the server yet, but it's definitely going to be quite the process but very exciting.


An opportunity like this doesn't happen very often, especially in our school district. To give you a better idea of what I mean, right now we're running servers that are approximately 15 years old, runni…