XP Pro vs NT/2k/2k3 for IIS
Posted on 2006-03-30
Quick question. At my job we run a webserver on NT 4. This is the last of the NT4 boxes currently running. We have a W2K3 server running IIS as well just waiting on the move.
I am not by far a "web" guy by means of support. I installed IIS on a XP Pro workstation to test some changes I was making to our Intranet site. In this process, I was learning a bit more on how all this stuff works. I decided to design a website for our own department soon after.
The question I have is whats the difference in security when running a published website on my XP pro box vs on one of our web servers? I currently have my workstation ported to an ext IP address. but port 80 is off. One of the guys said "I better tighten my workstation up" before he opens port 80. He suggested to me to put the website on the NT4 box (port 80 open of course)... can anyone tell me the differences in this? How unsecure is XP to NT4 or even Windows 2003 for that matter..