Tutorial Category

FreeBSD

  1. How To Lock And Unlock A System User Account

    Disabling shell access doesn't fully lock a user out of a server. They can still login via ftp/pop/imap/smtp servers if they are running on the local server and are checking local user authentication. Below you will find instructions on how to fully lock a system users account. In this example we will lock the system user peterhope /bin/passwd -l  In this example we will unlock the system user peterhope /bin/passwd -u peterhope ...
  2. How To Install And Manage Ports On FreeBSD 10.1

    This tutorial is part 7 of 7 in the series: Getting Started with FreeBSD. Introduction FreeBSD is a powerful operating system capable of functioning in a variety of roles. Part of what makes this operating system an ideal choice in many scenarios is its reputation for flexibility. A large contribution to this reputation comes from FreeBSD's supported method for installing software from source, known as the ports system. In this guide, we will discuss some of the benefits of the ports system and...
  3. How To Manage Packages On FreeBSD 10.1 With Pkg

    This tutorial is part 6 of 7 in the series: Getting Started with FreeBSD Introduction to FreeBSD FreeBSD binary package manager, pkg, can be used to easily manage the installation of pre-compiled applications, the FreeBSD equivalent Debian and RPM packages. When compared with the other prevalent method of software installation on FreeBSD 10.1, compiling ports with the Ports Collection, using packages provides a simpler and faster alternative that works in many situations. Packages, however, are not as flexible as ports because package installations...
  4. An Introduction To Basic FreeBSD Maintenance

    This tutorial is part 5 of 7 in the series: Getting Started with FreeBSD Introduction When administering FreeBSD 10.1 servers, it is important to understand the basic maintenance procedures that will help you keep your systems in good shape. In this guide, we will be covering the basic processes needed to keep your server up-to-date and functioning properly. We will be covering how to update the base operating system that the FreeBSD 10.1 team maintains. We will also discuss how to update...
  5. How To Install A New FreeBSD 10.1 Servers

    This tutorial is part 4 of 7 in the series: Getting Started with FreeBSD 10.1 Introduction To FreeBSD 10 When setting up a new FreeBSD 10 server, there are a number of optional steps you can take to get your server into a more production-friendly state. In this guide, we will cover some of the most common examples. We will go over how to set up a simple, easy-to-configure FreeBSD 10 firewall that denies most traffic. We will also make sure that...
  6. How To Configure SSH Key-Based Authentication On A FreeBSD Server

    Introduction to SSH Key Based Authentication This tutorial is part 3 of 7 in the series: Getting Started with FreeBSD. In general SSH, or secure shell, is a network protocol that provides a secure, encrypted way to communicate with and administer your servers. As SSH is the most common way of working with a FreeBSD server, you will want to familiarize yourself with the different ways that you can authenticate and log in to your server. While there are several ways of...
  7. How To Get Started With FreeBSD 10.1

    This tutorial is part 2 of 7 in the series: Getting Started with FreeBSD FreeBSD is a secure, high performance operating system that is suitable for a variety of server roles. In this guide, we will cover some basic information about how to get started with a FreeBSD server. Step One — Log In with SSH The first step you need to take to begin configuring your FreeBSD server is to log in. On BIP media, you must provide a public SSH key when...
  8. A Comparative Introduction To FreeBSD For Linux Users

    Introduction FreeBSD is a free and open source Unix-like operating system and a popular server platform. While FreeBSD and other BSD-based systems share much in common with systems like Linux, there are points where these two families diverge in important ways. In this guide, we will briefly discuss some commonalities between FreeBSD and Linux before moving on to a more extended discussion on the important differences between them. Many of the points below can accurately be applied to the greater family of BSD-derived systems,...