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 internet services 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 websites, storage nodes, and more.


  • 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 grid across all the computers on the network
    • set up one introducer
    • set up storage nodes on all systems
    • set up client on all systems and create files through the WUI
    • sftpd

Event Details

We will set up 5 dell workstations (with 5 sets of monitors and keyboards). If there are more than 5 attendees, then they should form groups. Each workstation will have two hard drives.