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I would like to have a web-hosting business and free e-mail account provider like hotmail. So what kind of computer,
wire, or procedures I should have or worry about, do I have
to register a business name ( where ), I would like to have all the information, please ?
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It takes quite a bit.  You would probably want to run a server with at least a T-1 connection and I do mean at least.  The best configuration for the least amount of money would be 1 machine as primary DNS one machine that hosted your pop3 and smtp servers and acted as a secondary DNS.  One powerful machine to do the hosting and one machine to be a backup to it.  You could probably run the entire thing on FreeBSD or Linux to save you money.  Registering the business name and licensing would depend on your location.  You would need to register a domain name at least with the Internic.(if you are in the US)  Its a pretty big thing to set up but if you do it right, you could get rich!  Definately look into tech help.  This is a project that would take more than one person.  Feel free to email me with more questions as I have set up a few ISP's and web hosting businesses.

kjohnson@cdi-online.com
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I will get back to you. Thank you !
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for seron :

So I need 4 computers, right ?  - for pop3, smtp, hosting, backup.
What kind of computer ? IBM, AS-400, Dell or ......
Do I have to talk to the phone company for hooking up 24 hrs a day ?
what is bandwidth ?
How large(gigabytes)  should one cumputer have ? let say 500 users for hosting                                                                           and 2000 users for e-mail.
How much do I have to cover all the thing ?

I am learning networking right now, and I know CGI, setup a web-server, so
I will be working alone.
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Bandwith is the amount of traffic you can handle simultaneously.
Yes you would need a 24 hour hookup and the phone company is one place you can look.
You can use normal Intel based servers to run the systems and the four computers would be DNS, POP3/SMTP, hosting, and backup.
The larger the better when it goes to space.


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can you give me the computer's web-site for server, so I can take a
look.
How much will that be, everything ?
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I don't understand what you are asking about the web site?  You can check out www.redhat.com for a Linux Operating system you can use.  But for a specific computer I would go with what ever brand you are happy with.  Price would really depend on your area.  I would be more than happy to draw up some type of proposal for you.

kjohnson@cdi-online.com

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I would like to have your proposal, please
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send an email address to kjohnson@cdi-online.com and I will email it out to you.

Kevin

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