[PD] [OT] Portable webserver with static IP

Charles Goyard cg at fsck.fr
Wed Sep 12 12:01:37 CEST 2012


Olivier Heinry wrote:
> On the other end, if you already run a webserver, you coudl add a bind9
> server as a secondary domain name server. It runs fine with Apache or
> nginx running a web interface : http://www.afn.org/~afn23397/
> or Webmin (in the Debian rep but fat) See
> http://www.debianadmin.com/bind-dns-server-web-interfacefrontend-or-gui-tools.html
> In that case, you wouldn't need anything else than DHCP clients.

No, because at your option:
- you require people to manually change the resolver setting to know
  about the DNS server (/etc/resolv.conf on linux, network preferences
  on mac & windows), so we're back to manual stuff, and in that case a
  single static IP on the web server is less work,
- or you have to setup a DHCP server on your mobile web server. *Big
  mess* if there's already a DHCP server on the network (likely).
- you have to setup the existing DHCP server to announce your DNS server
  (complicated, not always possible), and setup your DNS server as
  recursive to get the pre-existing DNS records. Overcomplicated for the

And Pierre mentionned he knows only a little about networks. Would you
recommand bind to a beginner, you BOFH :) ?

If I understand well what Pierre wanted in the first place, the idea is
to come anywhere, plug the web server, and shout "go to" (or http://mymobilewebserver.local/ if using zeroconf).



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