Can you help me set up a Server?

Hi, I just recently "Inherited" the IT job at our small company and I would like to learn more about Servers and how they work.

I figure the best way to gain fast knowledge will be reading and setting one up.  I found an Old Server in the back room and I connected a Monitor and Keyboard to it, and to my suprise everything seems to be working.

This is what I would like to do.  I would like to bring it home, Set it up and get it running.  From there I would like to make it into a server that I could even host a Website out of just so I can get experience on IP addresses and stuff.

Is there anyone willing to help me set this up and get it going?

As we complete small portions of it and steps I will allot the 500 points, Open a new question about the next step and continue alloting points in that manner to kind of give you as much points as possible for the work you'll be putting in.

Thank you

Hope to hear from someone.
RgrWalkerAsked:
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JoeCommented:
Hi RgrWalker,

What kind of server is this? We will need to gather this information first before we can guide you into setting this up. As for hosting a website if this is a Windows server I would recommend using IIS if you plan on hosting any ASP web pages.

Joe
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haim96Commented:
for a start i would suggest to install a windows 2003 DC becuase this is the base for every
domain network based on windows products.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/directory/activedirectory/stepbystep/domcntrl.mspx
how to promot to dc:
http://www.visualwin.com/AD-Controller/

i think it will be the best to install server 2003 as a host to virtual server 2005
and then install virtual DC, virtual web server , virtual exchange etc...
it will save you alot of formats and reinstall and the process is the same but virtual!

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/default.mspx



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RgrWalkerAuthor Commented:
Ok, this is an old server, I turned it on and it has Windows Server 2000 on it already

Let me see if I can remember... I'm home now so I'm trying to remember what it was, I think I saw it on the side where it said. PL1600

I also think it's a Compaq
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JoeCommented:
So for the moment you only want to set this server up with a web server?
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RgrWalkerAuthor Commented:
Yes Joe
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JoeCommented:
What are you going to be hosting? Asp?Php? If you plan to host only PHP or just plain html I would recommend Apache Web Server.

Joe
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RgrWalkerAuthor Commented:
I really don't care what I host, I basically want to learn how to set one up and get one running from the ground floor up.  So, to answer your question... I'll host just plain html


I wouldn't mind setting up a small SQL Dbase on it to host a Database (Non important Dbase) I have.
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JoeCommented:
Well, if you ever wanted to go with something open source and not have to shell out a ton of money to Microsoft you could always try out an Apache, MySql setup. I will provide some links for you incase you ever want to go this route.


http://httpd.apache.org/ (Apache Web Server FREE)


MySQL (Open Source Database)

http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/

If you ever wanted to host PHP on your web server you could also give this a try

Easy PHP

http://www.easyphp.org/telechargements.php3 ( This is a bundle which includes MySQL, Apache Web Server, and PHP all in one package.)

Easy PHP automatically sets everything up for you at the click of a button. It is very easy.

Joe



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RgrWalkerAuthor Commented:
Thank you guys for all of your help.
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JoeCommented:
Your Welcome
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