Hello, I am interested in creating a Discourse forum for use at one location on one network. This is because the forum does not need to be (nor should it be) accessible externally. I’ve seen couple of topics which sound like people are trying to set up something similar to this, but there is a lack of concise answers.
Essentially, my questions are as follows:
How would my installation differ from the default installation if I do not want to create a “cloud server” or connect to the internet? (Assuming a local machine with fresh installation of Ubuntu)
Do I still need a domain name and mail service? If so, I don’t understand why I can’t simply connect to the local machine running Discourse using the local IP.
Is Discourse even the right tool for the job? I like how the site is laid out and have used Discourse communities, but if this doesn’t make sense as an internal communication tool then I will look elsewhere.
I believe this is possible, by first downloading the discourse program to a local computer, then it should be possible to burn that image to a disk or move file to an external drive and use that for the install.
You may not need a domain name + mail service for that, am not certain.
As for question about if Discourse is ideal for your use case of an internal communication tool, that would depend on how you would plan to use this and what alternative options are.
Well, with reverse proxy it never gets it. It gets proxy headers. And if those headers will set up by that proxy Discourse never knows traffic is coming thru port 80. And that is one point and job of reverse proxy, terminating SSL. Am I wrong?
Sure. But Discourse is totally happy if it goes to user’s *nix account under system and never leaves VPS itself as long mail deliver gives right answer. Am I wrong?