Need to create a WEB Server

I have MS Front Page 2000 & NT Server (&WS).  I want to create a WEB Server that will allow me to accept queeries & publish appropriate responses.  Not unlike this EE site.  I also have a copy of FreeBSD but have never used it.  I have several PC's on a network available for the job.  The Front Page manual tells me I need Active Server Pages (ASP), Active Data Objects (ADO), an ASP-enabled Web Server, ODBC library & ODBC drivers.  This is all the info the manual gives me.  Where do I get all this stuff?  Is it free?  How do I learn how to drive it??  Are there any sites which will help me put together my server?  I don't want to spend any money until I know I can do it.  Thanks.
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mgoergenCommented:
All the needet Stuff is either in the NT Installation or in one of the Service Packs. So if you have a running NT Server you will have all what you need.

Another posibilty is to install one of the Linux Versions. For example Suse creates automaticly a web a webserver a cgi-bin and perl.  
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SiteSeeCommented:
what mgoergen said is partially correct...

The NT 4.0 Option Pack includes the best webserver(in my opinion) that money can buy...Internet Information Server...IIS

You can actually get the Microsoft Personal Web Server for free from their website...and it will run asp...which is (also my opinion)the least restrictive and easiest to implement web/database programming language...

Let us know if you have or will be getting IIS and we will help you along....or the Personal Web Server that came with FrontPage2000...it works fine for local previewing or your web, but you should really consider IIS...it has a lot more backbone...


Steve
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mgoergenCommented:
Hi SiteSee

IIS is of course the best webserver money could buy.

Apache is freeware and so the best webserver at all. Course you  get all information including the source and so everything is possible. He is much faster than IIS and of course more stabil.
Nearly 60% of all websites running under Apache.

Asp is easy to learn thats right, but the overhead of the excution of an asp script is high. Therefore php is much faster also easy.

The perl argument is that you get with cpan a great part of information and nearly everything is easy.

The argument for all 3 are that everything is running under nearly every enviroment.
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SiteSeeCommented:
all true.....
If documentation and tutorials are important to you, you'll find more available for IIS/ASP/ADO/DAO than for Apache Web Server...
....there is alot of help out there for Perl...it has a steep learning curve though...

If you intend to use FrontPage2000 as you said before, there are really ONLY two choices for you that FULLY support the FPserver extensions...M$ PWS or M$ IIS...

I think the 60% is because it IS FREE and has open source code(appreciated by serious programmers)and not because of it's stability or throughput capabilities...

Steve
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mgoergenCommented:
However

I think akb should say what he wants, cause at the moment we are only talking about different things and akb did not say a word
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akbAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I am reading all your comments.  They are all very much appreciated.  I assume I need to run the server software on a separate machine to the browser.  I have a fair bit of work to do setting up a small network and installing software.
It would be really useful if I could find a web page which would lead me through the whole process step by step.
Thanks all.  This is a truelly terrific place (EE).
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mgoergenCommented:
Please check if you installed all the service packs on the NT Server machine and if you install the IIS
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MFKCommented:
1. IIS 4.0 supports ASP and ADO etc. by default.
2. For ODBC install the latest Microsoft Data Access Components.. u can download it from the internet ( MS site, the file will be MDAC*.exe). If u have SQL server 7.0 CD, then all the ODBC stuff is there.
3. On the IIS server install the FP2000 server extensions.


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akbAuthor Commented:
SiteSee, please post an answer here and claim the points.
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akbAuthor Commented:
SiteSee, please post an answer here and claim the points.
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