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Mastering Ubuntu Server by Jay LaCroix

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Determining your server's role

While at this point your goal is most likely to set up an Ubuntu Server installation for the purposes of practicing the concepts contained within this book, it's also important to understand how a typical server roll-out is performed. Every server must have a purpose, also known as its Role. This role could be that of a database server, web server, and so on. Basically, it's the value the server adds to your network or your organization. Sometimes, servers may be implemented solely for the purpose of testing experimental code. And this is important too—having a test environment is a very common (and worthwhile) practice.

Once you understand the role your server plays within your organization, you can plan for its ...

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