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wondering what to do with that network cable and that old computer you have collecting dust in your basement? well here's a little something that might be of some use to you.

Step 1: Prepare the Computer

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i know, i know, but i know that there might be those who view this instructable who don't have an old computer....

anyway on to prepping the computer. your computer should have:
-at least 64MB of RAM (not too hard to get passed that these days)
-an intel or AMD processor (still not too hard)
-a cd-rom drive (still not hard)
-at least 600MB of space (you're going to want more than that since this is a server!)
-and the ability to boot from a CD
-an ethernet port

all in all, most of these requirements are easy to accomplish. since we will be using server edition for this install, this computer won't necessarily need 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, though it would be nice...
 
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SeAN152 months ago

Can it just be any computer (as long as it has the minimum specs of your tutorial), and can I make an SQL Database on it?

QaadirK4 months ago

Does this allow me to log into my computer from anywhere in the world?

YudeeshS5 months ago

hi dude....

i'm having a problem on the line:

sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.430_all.deb

what should i do...??

thanks in advance..

VijayanandB7 months ago

as mentioned above i installed open ssl package bt this below code isnt woring please help me as soon as possible "sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl"

essudha.s8 months ago

hi

Why choose old computer to make server?

RaahishK8 months ago

Hello! I really liked the tutorial :)

I wanted to ask you, that after setting up this server, if I want to securely password protect all the data, what should I do?

Here is what I have in mind. Once the server is opened, the visitor is prompted to enter a username and password combination, and only then can he access the server.

Help me out here!

Thanks :D

RaahishK8 months ago

Hello! I really liked the tutorial :)

I wanted to ask you, that after setting up this server, if I want to securely password protect all the data, what should I do?

Here is what I have in mind. Once the server is opened, the visitor is prompted to enter a username and password combination, and only then can he access the server.

Help me out here!

Thanks :D

RaahishK8 months ago

Hello! I really liked the tutorial :)

I wanted to ask you, that after setting up this server, if I want to securely password protect all the data, what should I do?

Here is what I have in mind. Once the server is opened, the visitor is prompted to enter a username and password combination, and only then can he access the server.

Help me out here!

Thanks :D

RaahishK8 months ago

Hello! I really liked the tutorial :)

I wanted to ask you, that after setting up this server, if I want to securely password protect all the data, what should I do?

Here is what I have in mind. Once the server is opened, the visitor is prompted to enter a username and password combination, and only then can he access the server.

Help me out here!

Thanks :D

RaahishK8 months ago

Hello! I really liked the tutorial :)

I wanted to ask you, that after setting up this server, if I want to securely password protect all the data, what should I do?

Here is what I have in mind. Once the server is opened, the visitor is prompted to enter a username and password combination, and only then can he access the server.

Help me out here!

Thanks :D

RaahishK8 months ago

Hello! I really liked the tutorial :)

I wanted to ask you, that after setting up this server, if I want to securely password protect all the data, what should I do?

Here is what I have in mind. Once the server is opened, the visitor is prompted to enter a username and password combination, and only then can he access the server.

Help me out here!

Thanks :D

Hi guys,

I blessed just for being part of the forum today. What lead me to it is that I am looking for help. I want to operate my own IPTV, I have a PC with Ubuntu 13.0 somthing on it. I want to follow some steps like installing the webmin, but the installation cannot be completed.

Hi guys,

I blessed just for being part of the forum today. What lead me to it is that I am looking for help. I want to operate my own IPTV, I have a PC with Ubuntu 13.0 somthing on it. I want to follow some steps like installing the webmin, but the installation cannot be completed.

xmozox3 years ago
hello
after i add hostname for compter my computer dont do anything goes to a purple screen can any1 help
jgeorge133 years ago
I installed Ubuntu 11.10 Server Edition. The install went pretty well with only a few speed bumps, but I'm having an issue with the command line "sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl"; Ubuntu gives me an error finding the package to install. I'm also getting an error locating the webmin package. I cannot install webmin because apparently it no longer exists at the sourceforge.com URL according to my Ubuntu server. I checked both of these command lines as well as the webmin download URL and re-entered all said command lines in the above instructions with zero success. Any idea as to why I'm having these issues?
z2daj (author)  jgeorge133 years ago
The URLs are most assuredly outdated. My recommendation would be to google the packages in order to get the up-to-date package information.

If you need help, I can look into as well, though with two majors and the end of semester approaching... it may be couple weeks or so before I am able to.
how do i remove this???

I would really like to be able to have windows back on there
If you kept the disc that came with your Windows PC, all you have to do is put it in and re-install.
jbeatty14 years ago
cool im a do this now :D
I am having a little trouble with webmin and accessing my server. i installed webmin using the terminal commands you provided and it did not display any errors. The pc I want to use is connected via ethernet that is connected to a router. We have three pcs in the house, one running from an 802.11g wireless signal and the other are wired (ethernet). How do I get the ip for my server pc? I visited whatsmyip.org from my regular computer but it didn't work when accesing webmin. Also, from netopia (my router brand) I saw this note: From the LAN (Local Area Network), you will also be able to access these servers, but only using the internal private IP address. Access via the public IP address is not supported from a local ethernet connection. Does this mean I cannot set up a webserver? I would really appreciate your assistance. Thanks for the great tutorial...I just hope I can get it working right!
z2daj (author)  jeremycollins4 years ago
*Nearly two years later...*

If you know the router's IP address, say 192.168.1.1 for example, and you have a DNS network, the router will automatically assign IP addresses to connected devices using this scheme 192.168.1.xx where 'xx' is the IP of the computer connected to the router. In most cases by default, the the IP addresses of connected devices begins at 101 and go on, as the router's address in this case would be 100.


Sorry for the late response! I never get e-mails when comments are posted, and I forgot all about this account!

With humble apologies,
-z2daj
x-treme4 years ago
You can also use dot.tk, I prefer it over no-ip.com. Top-level domains > Sub-domains
harry5995 years ago
When we have to enter these: HTTP 80 80 TCP serverIP FTP 21 21 TCP/UDP serverIP SSH 22 22 TCP serverIP Do we have to copy it exactly or do we put the ip in the bit that says serverIP? Thanks Harry
Ian01 harry5994 years ago
You put your server's local IP address there.
 I seem to be unable to do the first command of step 4 it gives me the same error every time. "E: Couldn't find package libnet-ssleay-per" If you could help me it would be much appreciated.
z2daj (author)  Lord_Drogoth5 years ago
 i know this sounds silly, but just make sure you typed everything right :D

i couldn't get anything to install at one point because of typos myself
 I checked it several times for errors before I entered  it and type it all over again and check that errors and I still didn't catch anything wrong with it
z2daj (author)  Lord_Drogoth5 years ago
 hmm, just do sudo apt-get install perl and then continue on. If the dependency of the webmin package isn't fulfilled, it should automatically search and install it from the repository. Good Luck!
 I'll try that thank you for your help and for the exceedingly speedy reply
digitrunner5 years ago
Great instructible and great intro LOL, I know, I know, I know, I know I know, ... Aint No Sunshine When She's Gone by Bill Withers, brb have to go put the song on now to get it out of my head...:P
abadfart6 years ago
dose anyone know prompt i don't
Google 'unix tutorials'
UNIX is what all linux distributions use. It is included as part of Ubuntu, openSUSE and any other linux distribution.
octavian2346 years ago
your website doesnt work
 lol nope. I'm also wondering if i can just keep it as a ip address?
iNORTON5 years ago
I don't have ssh in the list of application names.... I have ftp...http...https...dns..smpt...pop3....telnet...ipsec...pptp...netmeeting...dcs-1000...dcs-2000/dcs-5300...i2eye..
I was wondering what I might substitute to be able to have the same config as you do.. I am using a d-link 2300 router...

jpr36 years ago
THANKS for a great instructable. I've been wanting to do this for a long time - and I got it working in no time. You are great and Instructables is great! John
when i try and get webmin it says "E: Commad line option 'i' (from -i is not) know." plez hellp p.s. replace () with []
z2daj (author)  airsoftguy13106 years ago
did you do
sudo wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin_1.470_all.deb

and then do

sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.470_all.deb
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