Appendix E. Quick Start Guide

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Select a PC to dedicate as a server, minimum 450mhz 128mb ram, but double this is better, and plug into your network. See Chapter 4 for details about selectng server hardware.

Insert the SMEserver CD and reboot, answer the initial questions to install the software, then answer the questions from the install wizard to suit your circumstances. See Chapter 5.4 for more details.

Restart a Client PC after the server has finished, this allows the client to pickup a new DHCP address. Further configure your server with a browser at yourservername/server-manager, see next section.


Server-manager (See Chapter 8)

The server manager is a series of web forms called panels that enable a client PC to configure the server. Access to the server-manager is via a browser using one of the following addresses:

User is Admin, with the server Admin password

Command Line (See Chapter 6.2)

Local access.
Keep a monitor attached to the server and press [alt]-[f2] to access a login prompt.

Remote access.
Preferably the server is placed in an out of the way location and it's monitor is removed.
Access to the command line is obtained with a ssh client (Secure SHell). We reccommend using a free windows client suhc as putty or terratermSSH.

Before you can access the server with ssh you need to allow it at server-manager >> remote access
Secure shell access: Private OR Public
Allow administrative command line access over secure shell: Yes
Allow secure shell access using standard passwords : Yes

Admin or Root?
When you ssh to the server or use it's own monitor and keyboard
login as root to access the command line
login as admin to access the console wizard.


Windows LAN (Local Area Network)

Further configuration if the SMEserver will be your file server on you local LAN.
All windows PC's on a LAN need to be in the same workgroup (see chapter 13.2).
Set the server to be in the local workgroup via the server-manager >> workgroup.
Also in the workgroup panel set your server to be the domain controller, this lets the server create one set of users for authorisation.

Add users via the server-manager >> user accounts panel and set a password for them (see chapter 9.1 Users).

Add a network drive via the server-manager >> information bay (see chapter 14)

You may need to logoff and logon again to access these new resources, you should see the network drive and a personal drive for the user in your network neighbourhood.

To map these drives either use windows explorer >> tools >> map network drive
select a letter then enter \\servername\homes or \\server\ibayname
configure your client to use netlogon.bat, and edit /home/e-smith/files/samba/netlogon/netlogon.bat
you must use a dos editor, one way to do this is copy or link to a windows visable area, chown yourUserName netlogon.bat, make your changes, then copy back

If you use the "Hwome" version of Windows XP, it can't use the servers netlogon.bat, you can use it by placing a copy in your PC's startup folder.