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I want to build my own server?

Posted on 2003-03-24
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Last Modified: 2010-04-20
Can anyone tell me where I can get information about building my own server to host a couple of small websites? either a helpful website ar any good book. I'm more of a software type of fella so all this hardware seems a little troublesome...

I just need to know what I need to do to set it all up so that I no longer have to pay for someone to host my web site and tell me that all their errors are MY fault, only to be told later that it wasn't, but still blamed for it. You've gotta love 'em.

Question by:TobyBush
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Expert Comment

ID: 8213720
Well, my first choice would be to go for a linux box.
Mandrake has released the new flaming 9.1. You can download it, or order the cd or dvd.
It's pretty easy to install even if you're not familiar to linux. If you don't want to bother selecting the packages, you can install "everything" and just configure the server afterwards.
Linux includes a very powerful web server software called apache, and has all the network tasks included in the kernel.

I installed a server in my computer (an old AMD K62@500, 128Mb Ram, 40 Gig Hd) and it worked neatly.
You can even have a dual boot box if you want to have both linux AND (any flavor of) windows .

So you can place your web sites in the web directories (www).  and even manage virtual DNS (that means you can have multiple domains). You can configure the server by modifying the conf text files or use the wizards (INCLUDED with mandrake linux).
you can pay a visit to www.mandrake-linux.com
once you installed the operating system, read the docs (called howtos) and you're ready to roll!
Connect to cable or a isdn


Author Comment

ID: 8216791
Thanks for that.

I shall look into it, I was considering Win2k as it would run the .net framework without me having to think too hard and I am familiar with IIS.

Does Linux (or using Apache) run asp.net pages (aswell as classic asp), and if so is it easy to configure?
I really don't want to have to learn another language just when I have a site (asp.net) so close to being finished, does that sound lazy???


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amilcar earned 200 total points
ID: 8217969
Well, if you are looking for a windows based server, I guess win2k shall do the job. I've been working with winXP pro lately, and is working pretty fine.

Well, if you want to work with apache, there's a windows version that works pretty fine with asp pages as well as php and gci and perl. It's called opensa server (http://http://www.opensa.org/download/) and it's apache based. It's a pretty good choice if you want to try apache an a windows 98 based box. You can see there how to configure apache (using the conf files) and maybe later migrate to Linux.
This package does the work all alone, and you don't need to configure anything.
At the moment, it won't support the .net platform so, your choice for the ms platform would be sure thing (I think winxp is ok). Besides you can work with access based databases, or sql server as well.

But the bottom line, it that you need a simple decent computer (Pentium 3 or above) with a couple of network cards (two if you have a lan) and a direct internet connection (cable modem, adsl, or so), a network ready Operating System, and registering your domain (about 30 usd a year). That will do the trick. And I wouldn't call that lazy, btw... I guess all the web is going .net ... even if we like it or not! so I'll start learning vb.net or asp.net


Author Comment

ID: 8218048
Thanks a lot for all that.

It certainly has answered most of my questions, and I think that you're right about having to use .net. I've only recently started to get into dynamic web pages and have already realized the limits with my web hosting (ie they want to charge for every little thing and yet they still don't provide .net!!?!) this is the reason why I want to do it myself.

I'm never gonna have huge traffic and I would like to run a couple of hobby sites for some friends, so my own server would be ideal.

good luck with your own .net


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