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Thread: So I want to run a Telnet Server

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    British Columbia, Canada


    I am a total newbie at this, of course I used to dial into BBS's and still do a few Telnet Servers, but what is the best way for a complete newbie to start his own service? Thanks!
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    Lesser Wizard
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Chelmsford, MA, USA


    Howdy! Welcome to the board.

    I should warn you, you won't like this answer.

    Running any network server these days requires a solid
    understanding of networking and the risks associated with that.

    The Internet has become an unbelievably hostile environment
    for public resources and without adequate precautions, your
    service can be comprised very quickly (think minutes, not days).

    But you have to start somewhere, right?

    1) Figure out exactly what you are trying to run.

    Telnet is a great service, but are you really talking about
    running a BBS or a MUD? Telnet is a remote shell access
    service which is most useful on UNIX type machines.

    2) Read as much as you can about this application

    3) Set this application up at home

    If you've got a spare machine at home, install some version of
    linux on it. That will teach an awful lot about networking.

    If you don't have another machine, take a look at
    and download their free VMWare Player. That allows you to run
    VMs, but not create them. Luckily, there are some prebuilt VMs
    you can download (running linux).

    Once you know what you want to do and have set it up at
    home, you will need to look at how to host your
    application/service. There are several options:

    1) Host you application from your home.

    Even with restricted upstream bandwidth, home cable
    and DSL service can be a good place to experiment with
    public service. Be sure to use a firewall (linksys, D-Link,
    Netgear, Belkin, etc)!

    2) Find an ISP that will rent you a box

    The bandwidth is better, but the cost is higher
    ($100/month). Maybe you and your friends can
    split the cost?

    So this long path, if you embark on it, can be very rewarding.
    It can lead to a career in System Administration or Network
    Engineering, both of which are still careers in demand in the US
    (despite outsourcing).

    Good luck!

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