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The Windows Administrator's 10-Minute Guide to Installing Red Hat Linux : Page 3

Linux has become increasingly attractive, not only as a low-cost platform for hosting Web servers, but also as a target for desktop development efforts. If you would like to run Linux, but you're only familiar with Windows, you can follow this step-by-step guide to get Red Hat Linux installed and configured on a machine running Windows.


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Configure Network Settings
You must now configure the network settings for the system. If you have more than one NIC on your computer, we suggest you use the device called "eth0" as the NIC that will run the communication for your default gateway. By default the NIC will use DHCP to request an IP address. If you choose to set an IP-address manually select this NIC and click "Edit". Uncheck the DHCP checkbox and then enter the correct IP information. When you are done editing the eth0 device, click OK and then specify the Hostname, Default Gateway, and DNS information. Finally, if you have more than one NIC, select and configure each one of these as well.

Note: You need only one DNS entry to get name resolution working.

Install a Firewall
We highly recommend that you configure the system for a built-in firewall. Red Hat uses the command "iptables to control the firewall software. Using this command, you can specify which services will be open for the public and which will not. Typically, you'd leave the "www", "ftp" and "ssh" services open to the public for a standard server installation. For this server, use the "Medium" security level, and select the services you need.
Note: If you elected to use DHCP for your NIC you should also accept DHCP in the firewall configuration.

You're finished with the preliminary firewall installation, continue by setting up firewall options

Select the System Language (not to be confused with the type of keyboard you're using), and your time zone (in our case we selected +1 GMT for the Swedish time-zone).



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