Server From Scratch

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Date 2014-05-03
Time 12:00-17:00
Location BH 4760

Server From Scratch is a tutorial which provides a hands-on experience with deploying a web service starting from bare metal. Attendees will have a chance to interact with server hardware and configure all the software and system services needed for deploying a web application.


  • highlight differences between server hardware and desktop hardware
  • demonstrate different hardware configurations
  • install Debian Wheezy with mdraid
  • overview of filesystem hierarchy
  • iptables
  • learn simple Apache configuration
  • create simple "home page"
  • install MariaDB from external repository
  • install some database-driven web applications
    • mediawiki
    • etherpad
  • set up a Tahoe-LAFS network across all the computers on the network


  • Set up 5 dell workstations (with 5 sets of monitors and keyboards)
  • install two IDE drives in each workstation (10 drives total)