This page is created to become a main guide to people that are new to DebianEdu. Once you get a DebianEdu network up and running, it will be easier to learn more about it or extent its features. The objective of this page is to provide detailed help on how to prepare a topology and install the current version of DebianEdu.

DebianEdu current version: Wheezy

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Prepare a basic topology

The image below represents a simple topology that could perfectly fit to a small academy's needs. If you are just experimenting, it is strongly recommended that you start trying with this example and once you get it, expand from it. If you keep it simple, chances are it will be easier for you to detect and isolate problems as they arise. Additionally you probably will have two buy few material.

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You are done with the basics. The network can host more types of nodes but by now it's enough with this.

The main server with the "main-server", "thin-client server" and "workstation" profiles installed on it. That computer must have two network interfaces, one connected to a Internet gateway and one used to serve to the different thin clients. In most small networks, two ethernet gigabit boards should be enough.

You could even omit the switch 10.0.0.0/8 if you only wanted a thin-client server and didn't need any individual workstation connected to the main network.

TIP: if you need to install additional computers, connect it to the "switch 10.0.0.0/8" and boot through network. You will then get a menu with installation options. This is the preferred method to add new nodes on the network as most of the configuration is made automatically.

Thin clients can be both connected to the main network or to the main-server branch.

Prepare necessary hardware



Boot



Install

the essential profiles

A detailed manual with any necessary information is being prepared. Meanwhile, you can find information on installation at the wheezy documentation install page