The most difficult aspect of building a server (to act as a file server, Web server, or mail server) is the initial software installation and configuration. Getting your hands on the software is one thing; getting it all to function is another thing entirely. For many people, the only option is to hire an expensive consultant. Building a Server with FreeBSD tackles the problem systematically, so readers can accomplish the task themselves efficiently and affordably using the freely licensed FreeBSD operating system. Instructions are very clear and straightforward, so the reader need only read and follow the directions. In addition to explaining how to install FreeBSD for the first time, this guide covers configuration of popular third-party software using the ports collection. It takes the pain out of assembling the pieces and putting them all together so the reader can build a server that just works.