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How to Setup a Dedicated Web Server for Free!

1. A Quick Overview In this tutorial, we are aiming to accomplish…

1. A Quick Overview

In this tutorial, we are aiming to accomplish several things:

  •  We’re going to install the Ubuntu Server operating system. I commonly use Ubuntu because of its ease of use and simple administration. It also has a rather large and extremely active community behind it, which makes getting support a breeze.
  • We’re going to install an OpenSSH server. This allows you to administer your server from remote computers.
  • A LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) stack is going to be installed. This provides the backbone that will run your web site. Apache is the industry standard web server on Unix-based operating systems; it’s what most web hosts use (NETTUTS is using it right now!) and it’s what we’re going to use.
  • We’re going to install a firewall to protect your server from unauthorized access.

In order to follow this tutorial, you’re going to need a few items:

  • A computer to use as your server. It doesn’t need to be powerful; as long as it’s not ancient, it’ll work fine. Please don’t do this on your desktop PC; Ubuntu will completely wipe your computer.
  • A CD burner and a blank CD. These are so that you can burn Ubuntu to a disk in order to install it.
  • Time. Seriously, this process is time-consuming, especially if you run into problems. Try to set aside an afternoon to follow this tutorial.

You may be asking why you’d want to have your own web server. There are several reasons, a few of them being: you can have your own testing ground for your websites; with a little modification, you could host your own site; and, you will learn a lot about Linux/Unix as you go.

With that said, let’s get started!