Author: Thomas King. Instead, it focuses on managing network-centric services and messaging applications easy by offering a single Web GUI portal. In addition, eBox can be extended by programmers who wish to add other services and management modules of their own. The project has a burgeoning community growing around it, and development is fairly active. My test environment included a server with two 2.

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This manual is written for the 1. All these functionalities are fully integrated and therefore automate most tasks, prevent manual errors and save time for system administrators. This wide range of network services is managed through an easy and intuitive web interface.

As eBox Platform has a modular design, you can install in each server only the necessary modules and easily extend the functionality according to your needs. UTM Unified Threat Management : Term that groups a series of functionalities related to computer network security: firewall, intrusion detection, antivirus, etc. Installation In principle, eBox Platform is designed to be installed exclusively on one real or virtual machine.

This does not prevent you from installing other unmanaged services, but these must be manually configured. In the second case, you need to add the official eBox Platform repositories and to install the packages you are interested in.

Nevertheless, the former one is easier since all the dependencies are in a single CD. Moreover, some pre-configuration is made during the installation process. You can install using the default mode which deletes all disk content and creates the partitions needed by eBox using LVM and asking less questions or using the expert mode which allows you to make your own partitioning. Most people should choose the default option unless they are installing on a server with special requirements, for instance software RAID.

After installing the base system and rebooting, you can start installing eBox Platform. The first step will be create a user on the system. This user will be able to log on the system and will have sudo privileges. Then, you will be asked for a password for this user you just created.

This password will be used to log on the eBox interface too. You have to enter this password twice. Now it is time to select which features you want to include on your system. There are two methods for this selection: 3. Simple: Depending on the task the server will be dedicated to, you can install a set of packages that provides several features. Advanced: You can select the packages individually. If a package has dependencies on other packages, these will be automatically selected later.

If you select the simple installation method, you get a list of available profiles. As shown in the figure eBox tasks to install, the mentioned list matches the following paragraphs of this manual. You can select several profiles to make eBox play different roles in your network. However, if you select the advanced installation method, you get the complete list of eBox Platform modules and you can select individually the modules you are interested in.

Once you have completed the selection, the necessary additional packages will be installed. This selection is not final and you can install and remove packages according to your needs later. After you have selected the components to install, the installation process will begin and you will be shown a progress bar with the installation status. The installer will try to preconfigure some important configuration parameters. First will have to select the type of the server for the Users and Groups mode.

If we just have one server choose standalone. If we are deploying a master-slave infrastructure or if we want to syncronize the users with a Microsoft Windows Active Directory, choose advanced. This step will appear only if usersandgroups module is installed. Also, it will ask if some of the network interfaces attached to the host are external not within the local network, used to connect to the Internet or other external networks.

Strict policies for all incoming traffic through external network interfaces will be applied. This step will appear only if network module was installed and the server has more than one network interface. After that, you will do the mail configuration, defining the default virtual domain.

This step will appear only if mail is installed. Once you have answered these questions, every module you installed will be preconfigured and ready to be used via the web interface. Once the eBox Platform installation process is completed, you get graphical interface with a browser to authenticate in the eBox web interface using the password given in the first steps of the. Warning: To access the web interface you should use Mozilla Firefox as they are some known issues with another browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.

The first screen will ask for the administrator password:. After authentication you get the administration interface that is divided into three main sections: Left side menu: Contains links to all services, separated by categories, that can be configured using eBox. When you select a service, you might get a submenu to configure specific details of the selected service.

Top menu: Contains actions to save the changes made to the content, make the changes effective and close the session. Main content: The main content is composed of one or several forms or tables with information about the service configuration and depends on the selection made in the left side menu and submenus.

Sometimes you will get a tab bar at the top of the page: each tab represents a different subsection within the section you have accessed.

It contains a number of configurable widgets. You can reorganize them at any moment simply by clicking and dragging the titles. By clicking on Configure Widgets the interface changes, allowing you to remove and add new widgets. To add a new widget, you search for it in the top menu and drag it to the main part of the page.

Module status There is a very important widget within the dashboard which shows the status from all installed modules in eBox. The figure depicts the current status for a service and action to apply on it. The available status are the following: Running: The service daemons are running to accept connections from the network clients.

You can restart the service using Restart. Therefore it is not managed by eBox yet. Stopped: Some problem has happened since the service has to be running but it is stopped for some reason. In order to find it out, you should check the log files for the service or eBox log file itself as How does eBox Platform work? You may try to start the service by clicking on Start. Disabled: The service has been disabled explicitly by the system administrator as it is explained in Modules status configuration.

First of all, you have to accept changes in the current form, but, once this is done, to make these changes effective and apply them on a permanent basis, you must click on Save Changes from the top menu. This button will change to red if there are unsaved changes.

Failure to follow this procedure will result in the loss of all changes you have made throughout the. In addition to this, you can revert your changes. Hence if you have done something that you do not remember or you are unsure to do it, you can always discard them safely. Take into account, if you have made changes on the network interfaces configuration or the eBox Web administration port, then you may lose current connection to eBox, so you must rewrite the URL in the browser to reach administration interface again.

The majority of the modules are intended to manage network services that you must enable them through Module Status.

Each module may have dependencies on others to work. For instance, DHCP service needs to have the network module enabled so that it can serve IP address leases through the configured network interfaces. Thus the dependencies are shown in Depends column. Enabling a module for the first time in eBox jargon is called configure the module. Configuration is done once per module. By clicking on Status checkbox, you enable the module. If it is the first time, a dialog is presented to accept to carry out a set of actions and file modifications that enabling the service implies 5.

After that, you may save changes to apply these modifications. Likewise, you may disable a module by unchecking the Status column for this module. How does eBox Platform work? One of the main goals of eBox Platform is to unify a set of network services that otherwise would work independently.

You get longer support than on the normal version. With the LTS version you get 5 years of support on the server. All configuration of individual services is handled automatically by eBox. To do this eBox uses a template system. This automation prevents manual errors and saves administrators from having to know the details of each configuration file format.

As eBox manages automatically these configuration files, you must not edit the original files as these will be overwritten as soon you save any configuration changes.

Location within the network 1. Both functionalities can be combined in a single host or divided among several hosts. The figure Different locations within the network displays the different locations eBox Platform server can take in the network, either as a link between networks or a server within the network. Throughout this documentation you will find out how to configure eBox Platform as a router and gateway. You will also learn how to configure eBox Platform in the case it acts as just another server within the network.

If you configure a static interface, you can associate one or more Virtual Interfaces to this real interface to serve additional IP addresses. These can be used to serve different networks or the same network with different address. If your Internet connection has a dynamic IP address and you want to map a domain name to your eBox, a third party dynamic DNS provider is required.

In order to understand the magnitude of the project, you can visit the independent site ohloh. Additionally you can use the traceroute tool that is used to determine the route taken by packages across different networks until reaching a given remote host.

This tool allows to trace the route the packages follow in order to carry out more advanced diagnosis. Besides, you can use the dig tool, which is used to verify the correct functioning of the name service resolution. Therefore: 1.



Megis Do you already have an account? By default, eBox will apply strict rules on the external interfaces and will allow outgoing connection from the LAN and from the eBox server itself. Some of the products that appear on this site are from companies from which QuinStreet receives compensation. The Developer track is aimed at system developers, enterprise application developers and system integrators providing them with the knowledge and skills to develop new eBox Platform modules, prepare customized eBox Platform distributions and integrate eBox Platform with other applications. The latest network routers, software, management tools and information for enterprise IT administrators.


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This manual is written for the 1. All these functionalities are fully integrated and therefore automate most tasks, prevent manual errors and save time for system administrators. This wide range of network services is managed through an easy and intuitive web interface. As eBox Platform has a modular design, you can install in each server only the necessary modules and easily extend the functionality according to your needs. UTM Unified Threat Management : Term that groups a series of functionalities related to computer network security: firewall, intrusion detection, antivirus, etc.

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