March 07, 2015

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This is a list of the hardware that I have used.

Your hardware may be different, but this should not be to much of a problem.

1.1.1   Platforms:

PC i586.

PC i686.

Apple Mac G3.

1.1.2   Operating System / Distribution:

MS-DOS / Microsoft 98, Millennium.

Linux 2.4 / Mandrake 9.2.

Microsoft NT / Windows 2000, XP.

Darwin / Apple OS-X, 10.1.

1.1.3   Routers;

Siemens SpeedStream 5s2614.

Problems:  Does not capture Host Names all the time.   DHCP Client log is not always up to date.   Security Log is not current.

Cayman DSL Model 322-H-006.

1.1.4   Modem;

Cable:   Cayman DSL Model 3220-H-006.

Cable:   RCA DCM245r, connected to router.


Before you start, you need to define these variables.

I strongly suggest that you write these down with a word processor, then print out the sheet to keep.   Even if you only have two computers.   I use this to note other things, such the log-in to my ISP, e-mail configuration notes, etc.

1.2.1 - HOST NAME:

This is the name of the computer.

Each computer / operating system needs to have a computer name or Host Name.   The Host Name should be something that is understandable to users, such as "joe", "workroom", "bigboss", "jerrys", etc.   Note that if there is more than one Operating System on a computer, each Operating System will have it's own name.   Leave out spaces, keep it short and suggest all lower case.


This only applies if you have a Microsoft system in your network.   It is the name used by Microsoft to name their network.   This name will be all in capital letters.   No spaces.

1.2.3 - USERS:

Keep a list of all user names with the computer (Host Name) they login at.

1.2.4 - GROUPS:

Keep a list of all groups, with the users associated to each group.


This defines how to access set up screens on different systems.

1.3.1   APPLE OS-X:

[System Preferences] on your Dock.

Or:  [System Preferences] in the Apple menu.

1.3.2 - LINUX / UNIX - WEBMIN: in your browser.   Super User (root) access is required.  Suggest that you can add yourself to access Webmin.   INSTALLATION

Webmin works on almost all, if not all, UNIX and Linux systems (including Apple OS-X) with X-windows (X-11).   I am using version 1.1.

More than likely you already have Webmin, since most distributions come with Webmin.   If needed, check in your package manager to install.   You can also down load Webmin from http://www.webmin.com/.

Note:  Mac OS-X 10.1 & 10.1 & 10.2 may require the installation of X-windows.   10.3 comes installed with X-windows.   REMOTE ACCESS

You can access Webmin from other machines. But you do have to give permission to access Webmin remotely.

[Webmin] > [Webmin Configuration] > [IP Access Control].   Check "Only allow from listed addresses".   At minimum enter   If you want this machine accessable from other machines on your network, enter   A pinhole may have to be created in you router through port 10000 to access Webmin from outside the network.   This works great for me to access our church computer from home.

You then access Webmin remotely at https://webmin-host-name:10000/.


This applies to Microsoft DOS & NT operating systems with win32.   MICROSOFT 95, 98, , 2000, Millennium:

[Start] > [Settings] > [Control Panel].   MICROSOFT XP:

[Start] > [Control Panel].

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