The most difficult part of building a server with FreeBSD, the Unix-like operating system, is arguably software installation and configuration. Finding the software is easy enough; getting everything up and running is another thing entirely. The only option for many people has been to hire a consultant.
Building a Server with FreeBSD 7 is for those of us who prefer to build our own server. If you're a small business owner looking for a reliable email server, a curious Windows administrator, or if you just want to put that old computer in the closet to work, you'll learn how to get things up and running quickly. Then, once you have a working system, you can experiment, extend, and customize as you please.
You'll learn how to install FreeBSD, then how to install popular server applications with the ports collection. Each package is treated as an independent module, so you can dip into the book at any point to install just the packages you need, when you need them. The book’s modules cover topics like:
Building a Server with FreeBSD 7 will have you up and running fast, with minimum hassle. (Just be sure to send the money you save to the Unemployed Consultant Foundation.)
About the Author
Bryan Hong graduated with an aeronautical science degree and spent part of his career flying jets for a regional carrier in the eastern U.S. Since he was traveling constantly, he sought a way to centrally host a personal website, retrieve email, and access files when away from home. His research and experience installing FreeBSD led to the writing of this book.
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PART II: THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS
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"I think those with beginning to intermediate FreeBSD system administration experience will really like this book."
"[T]his will turn out to be a well-thumbed reference work for anyone deploying FreeBSD servers. Admittedly, in the past, I’ve attempted to install FreeBSD with limited success, but this book made the steps in configuring a running system clear and concise. Other cookbook-type books for GNU/Linux exist, but none are as detailed and well laid out as this one."
Building a Server with FreeBSD 7 "is a complete and comprehensive guide to building a web server with the free operating system known as FreeBSD. A step by step guide sure to educate even the most clueless technophobes, "Building a Server with FreeBSD7" covers simply everything that anyone needs to know to get the service up and running. An essential read for any open source fan who needs a server."
"I just love this book. Refreshing concept, clean, straight to the point, and very very lean. In it you won't find any desktop related topics; this is an 100% server oriented book...I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone wanting to build a server with FreeBSD."
"If building your own system using FreeBSD 7 meets any of your goals, then check out this book."
"Those of us with a need or desire to setup an Internet server are left with two options:
This book provides a means to the latter. The most difficult aspect of building an Internet server is the initial software installation and configuration. This book was designed to tackle this problem systematically and minimize time spent."
"I've been in the IT business for 15 years and this book, with its 256 pages, just blew me away with its practical, useful, yet concise chapters on how to turn a computer running FreeBSD 7 into a fully-functional server."