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Local Network Services

While FreeBSD offers a rock solid platform for running network services, it is not only about Internet services. There are also some network services that are designed and being used mostly on the local area networks. Such services include DHCP, NFS, NIS, Printer Sharing, SMB (Windows File Sharing), and so on. There are also a few protocols that a system/network administrator have to deal with frequently, such as TFTP and SNMP.

As you may have guessed already, some parts of the mentioned services are already included in the core FreeBSD system. They do not need to be installed separately, while a few others should be installed from the ports system.

This tutorial introduces the mentioned services and a brief introduction of setting up these services in FreeBSD, as well as some tips to getting the most out of them quickly and effectively.

In this tutorial, we will look at the following:

  • Dynamic host configuration protocol
  • Trivial File Transfer Protocol
  • Network File System
  • Server Message Block/CIFS
  • Simple Network Management Protocol
  • Printing
  • Network Information System (yellow pages).