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  1. Agustin's Linux Manual
  2. System Administration
  3. About the Author
  4. Contents
  5. Administration
  6. Terminals
  7. Command Basics
  8. Root Directory
  9. Executing Commands
  10. File specs
  11. File Permission
  12. How permissions are assigned
  13. Change ownership chown
  14. Running multiple commands
  15. Killing Processes
  16. Bash configuration files
  17. VI Editor
  18. Creating path environment
  19. Midnight Commander
  20. Linuxconf Utility
  21. Networking
  22. Domain Name Service DNS
  23. Router and Gateway
  24. Adding Users
  25. User Accounts
  26. Managing Groups
  27. Mounting File System
  28. NFS Mounts
  29. Disk Quotas
  30. Run levels
  31. Linuxconf Control
  32. Mandrake Control Center
  33. Creating a Boot Disk
  34. Switching Boot Mode
  35. Hardware Configurations
  36. Printer Configuration
  37. Installing Printers
  38. Samba Printer
  39. Managing services
  40. Managing Users
  41. Program Scheduler
  42. Software Management
  43. Installing CUPS

Networking with linuxconf

Static IP Address Configuration
Open Config => Networking => Client tasks => Host names and IP network devices

networking client tasks

I have planned to demonstrate how to setup the most common servers. So the configuration for the network I will use is static IP. I will assume that this will be a public address.

Fig. 3.11

Public IP: Physical IP addresses visible over the Internet.

Private IP: Physical IP addresses visible internally within the company in a local area network.

The networking section has two main tabs; Client and Server.

Before a system becomes a server on the Internet it is a client first, afterwards it is promoted. First you connect to the Internet to prove or test that your connection is active.

Grab your tools and test the line yourself if you know how to do it. But never trust the Telco or ISP that the line is active until you actually set up the computer and browse the Internet.

On the client tasks: Click on Host name and IP network device to get to the host name configuration:

networking client tasks Fig. 3.12
  • Enter the computer name + the domain name

The domain name will be identified over the Internet when you run the web server. For practice and demonstration purposes you don't need to be connected to the Internet. Just be aware that it is the same scenario. The difference is only on the IP address (public or private).

- Click on Adaptor1

The adaptor1 is your first net card. You have the option of installing and configuring four net cards.

Note: Each net card is configured in its own subnet

- Make sure the card is enabled.

- Configure mode must be manual

- Computer name + Domain stay the same

networking client tasks
Fig. 3.12

-The aliases are how you want the computer to be known or found as.

-Enter the IP address given by your ISP with the subnet mask

-Select the network device (card 1 = eth0)
-Enter the kernel module (driver module)
-Click Accept.

  • Aliases shorthand for the fully qualified domain name. This is often the same as the primary name. For example, if the fully qualified domain name is, you could set server2 as an alias.