Hi, a totally noob aspiring linux user (or perhaps admin) here. I have read that Trustix Secure Linux is a good distro. Is it really that secure and stable (3.0.5 )? Well, my real query is ZTL can be used with Trustix Secure Linux 3.0.5 and can be made into a “Domain Controller, DNS, DHCP, transparent proxy, content filtering firewall and others?” Can all those that I identified be hosted in a single server?
We are really on a tight budget and I am really a Windows guy who likes to switch. In Windows, I know that these these should atleast be hosted in different servers (atleast 2 servers).
Additional question would be if I am to deploy it, can it handle Windows clients? Will I achieve the same or better control in managing users (in Windows, that would be Group Policy)?
It will be a longshot but I must convince the management to go for linux, furthermore, Trustix and ZTL.
All of the services can be hosted on the same server. It will handle windows clients via domain controller, with the ability to tune similar group policy settings.
Also, you might want to go with CentOS/ZTL combo if you are using x64 servers.
Just a followup. I wish to deploy ZTL using Trustix is fronting its distribution as secure and stable with ease of management. But when I was browsing the procedures on how to install ZTL, the steps (I think) is geared towards installing it on CentOS. But since I am a real noob, I just like to dip into Linux without much hassle.
ZTL Download And Install Instructions
To download and install ZTL you need:
Download ZTL rpm package task-ztl from http://download.trustix.com/ztl/1.0-centos/i586/CentOS/RPMS/task-ztl-1.0-1c4.i586.rpm (the file is ~2 KB).
Install RPM package task-ztl:
rpm -ihv task-ztl-1.0-1c4.i586.rpm
Note: after installation task-ztl package, new YUM mirrorlist file CentOs-ZTL.repo will be able in the directory /etc/yum.repos.d):
name=CentOS-$releasever - Contrib
Install ZTL with YUM:
yum -y install ztl
After ZTL is installed, start ZTL service:
service ztl start
After ZTL is started, connect to https://ZTL_HOST:10000.
Login with name admin and server root password.
Sorry for the delay.
Yes, same product as vadim mentions. I think I quoted a snapshot.
If you don’t really need the latest Centos, version 4.4 is stable and will work fabulously. (So download the all-in-one CD!!)
Through the ZTL GUI the latest patches can be installed. Works like a charm.
Centos is very much alive and well maintained. You could check Centos.org on the activity there.
Although the ZTL forum doesn’t show much activity, the product gives you a very nice means to poke a lot of the packages in Centos. (That’s all it really does.)
Your alternative would be a commercial product like CPanel or Plesk (or a free one like Webmin)
thanks erwin. I’ve installed it already. another question…I was greeted by a command line and I logged in. Where to go from there? The iso pretty much has the ztl installed and service activated. I do not know how to go to the GUI where I can log. I have tried to connect but to no avail. will try again in 9 hrs…where I can shut down the server and boot up Centos.
You assigned an IP address to the box when you installed the OS. If the IP address is assigned by DHCP you should query the DHCP server for the info. (Wouldn’t recommend a dynamic IP for a server though.)
From another computer you go to https://theIPaddressofyourserver:10000 and you should be fine.
Hey, do somebody know how to make ZTL a PDC? I cant figure out how to make a DC using it.
While at it, just want to share to you that I have got the DHCP , proxy, and firewall running…well sort of as I had to configure firewall to allow all…hehehe. Still the display seems to be distorted on the client when browsing and there are time that some (OK…most) of the sites are inaccessible.