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Last Updated on 2023-07-20 by Sture

This website contains information about how to install and configure a FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-amd64 Headless Server / Gateway for home and small office use.

A Headless Server is a computer without a monitor, keyboard, and mouse that are dedicated to providing services to other computers and their users. Headless Servers are normally remotely controlled.

A good starting point for a home or small office general-purpose Headless Server system is a system with one Intel Core 2 or later CPU, 4 – 8 GB RAM and at least two or more 250 GB hard drive(s) with ZFS file system.

As always the hard drive setup must be based on storage requirements and data security aspects to guard against data losses when hard drives fail.

RAM memory required for a small office application increases with the number of services that will be running. (I have never heard any complaints that the server has too much memory.)

If the server will act as a gateway then an extra Network Interface Card, NIC, is needed. Due to better performance, select a server grade Intel NIC and avoid desktop Realtek NIC when high network loads are expected.

FreeBSD Headless Server Step-by-Step Installation and Configuration Guide
Step 1 Create a USB Memory Stick for installation of FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-amd64
Step 2 Installation of FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-amd64 from a USB Memory Stick
Step 3 Post-installation Setup and Configuration

Step 4 Applications and Utilities:

  1. Samba SMB/CIFS Server
  2. Apache HTTP Server
  3. MySQL Database Server
  4. WordPress with PHP v. 7.0
  5. Utilities