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Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 19:20:53 +0200 (CEST)
From: "J.B. Lethbridge" <>
To: <>
Subject: Web Server

Dear All:

Hallo. I am using Owl at work, and behind it I have a local net of three
computers. I am delighted with Owl, and must thank those responsible.

The owl machine itself does nothing but serve the other computers and the
web-connections. It has been running for several months now with no
problems. It runs virtually no services, only the firewall.

But, I now need to set up a web server, so that my students can use a
forum. I believe that the sensible way to do this (security is a big
issue), is to run the web server on a machine behind the firewall of Owl
on one of the local network machines.

These machines do not have public IPs, and so cannot be directly reached
from outside, that is of course the idea. They talk to the net through
the Owl machine.

In other words, the students need to http to the IP of the Owl machine,
which will direct their requests to one of the local machiensbehind it.
These machines run Linux.

However, I don't quite know how to begin. I mean, what should I be looking
for? a proxy, a special config for the firewall on the Owl machine, a
router? or what is it that I need?

I am not an expert, but I can usually manage by reading manuals etc. Only
in this case, I don't know what I need to read.

If someone could tell me what it is that I need to set up, I am sure that
I can manage.

I'd be very grateful if someone could just say: you need a "xxx".

With many thanks,


J.B. Lethbridge, PhD
English Seminar
University of Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 50
72074 Tuebingen

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