The easiest way to architect this solution was to simply install the whole standalone project server as a virtual machine and have the virtual machine files reside on an encrypted filesystem.
So, step 1, install a box with an encrypted volume. I am going to use my current OS of choice, Ubuntu Server 8.04.1. I found a great reference article using the Google debugger to use as a guide, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EncryptedFilesystemOnIntrepid. My implementation is going to vary slightly, but this is the document I am using as my reference.
So the first thing I did was install Ubuntu Server 8.04.1 from the CD. My partitioning is somewhat complicated, but nothing crazy. The box I am using has 6 drive bays filled with drives. I used the onboard raid controller to make two arrays, the first is a mirror of two 36 GB drives and the second is a raid 5 array of the other four 320 GB drives. Ubuntu sees two drives, /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. I formatted /dev/sda into two filesystems, a SWAP partition with 4GB and the rest was made as the / partition. The /dev/sdb drive I left unformatted, I will be using that for my encrypted filesystem.
When going through the install, I selected all of the defaults, only adding the openssh-server so I don't have to use the console in the server room. Once the install finished, I SSH'd into the box from my desk and ran the following two commands to update my server to the latest patches and reboot.
sudo apt-get updateAfter the reboot, I needed to add a couple additional packages, so I ran the following command to add them.
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo init 6
sudo apt-get install cryptsetup hashalot initramfs-tools
After those packages were added, I skipped down the document to the "Create the encrypted partition" section and started with those steps.
sudo modprobe dm_crypt
sudo modprobe sha256
sudo luksformat -t ext3 /dev/sdb
Note: I did get a warning, but it has not seemed to cause any problems.
WARNING: Error inserting padlock_sha (/lib/modules/2.6.24-24-server/kernel/drive
rs/crypto/padlock-sha.ko): No such device
After the volume has been formatted, I created a new mount point for it on /cryptvol. I ran the following commands to mount the volume where I wanted it.
sudo mkdir /cryptvol
sudo cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sdb cryptvol
sudo mount /dev/mapper/cryptvol /cryptvol
When I ran the cryptsetup command, I was prompted or my password. After entering it the command finish and I was able to mount my new volume. Next order of business is to create some kind of documentation on the box to tell me those two commands. I opted to create a file called /readme.cryptedfs with the commands to mount this file system. I did not want to have it automatically mounted, I want a user to be forced to log into this box and enter the password manually to mount this volume after a (re)boot. I also created a sym link to this file in the /cryptvol directory when the filesystem is not mounted to the directory, just in case someone goes there looking for something, they see one file.
And its that simple, I now have a completely encrypted volume on a server. In order to mount this volume a password must be provided.