Updating sarge to etch


Debian 8.0 was initially released on April 26th, 2015.

The release included many major changes, described in our press release and the Release Notes.

This short article was prompted by my question on the Debian-Administration forum site, where I was able to get some answers to the issues I faced and I did promise to post a solution if I got one.

The version of ISC BIND DNS and DHCP servers installed by default in Debian stable are the older versions, which will not actually work together.

If you have either server installed you need to remove it and upgrade to the newer version of each package.

The newer versions are available in the Debian stable archive so you do not need a back-port from testing. You will get a set of basic configuration files and start scripts all created for you in the usual Debian way.

First off, you'll need to know where your version of Open SSL thinks its certificates, keys etc are all stored.

Various different ways are supported for this, like analogue PPP dial-up, Ethernet, WLAN (with some restrictions), but ISDN is not — sorry!Setting up the DHCP server is by comparison much simpler; set that up as you need.The hard bit is getting the two to talk to each other, as this is less well documented and the documentation that does exist does contradict itself.Thus, you just just treat the server certificate as if it were a self signed server certificate, and install that as per the guide below. As a quick hack, follow the CA Certificate Install Guide, but with both the server certificate and the CA certificate being the same thing, which is the self signed certificate.Eventually, I'll do a seperate specific guide, honest...There are commercial and open source utilities available that you can use to resize existing partitions.These would allow you to free up some space on an existing hard-drive that currently has a single Windows partition taking up the entire drive. When you have two different OSs installed on a hard-drive, it's like having two different systems in one box.For the average home computer user there is no need to install a complex package such as the Internet Software Consortium's BIND DNS or DHCP server, since there are far simpler lower resource tools to use, for example dnsmasq.For those who you wish to learn how to use ISC's BIND and DHCP, for example as a learning exercise, this is how I got it all to work in Debian Sarge, the current stable version of Debian GNU/Linux.Used Pentium systems can be gotten on auction sites like e Bay for less than .However, if a separate system is not feasible or affordable, you can install Debian on your current system in a dual-boot configuration.

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