Need to "move into" a virtual dedicated server

I am getting myself a virtual dedicated server so my web service can have a bit more access to the environment, have a mail server and provide me more flexibility as I move forward.  But it's new for me.

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What things might I think about adding to my new system?  What things should I NOT install?  And what advice can you give a newbie as I embark in this new direction?

I hope SQL Server, IIS and other tools will already be installed.  Should I expect to be able to run a web service out of the box?  I will probably install Vistual Studio 2005 there so I can debug.

newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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Ok, questions...

What are you installing this on? Whats the workload you are handling? And you don't want to have Visual studio on the same machine as the server. IT will degrade performance and total space.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I did just have a second thought which was to debug the web service locally and deploy it to a VDS with no VS, to screw things up.

I think it will already have SQL Server on it, but I think I may need to install the SQL Management Studio.

He says there's a mail server already, so I'm set with that.

I assume IIS is installed as well.  Is that a pretty good guess?

> What are you installing this on?

This is Windows?  Do you mean the hardware?

> workload?

This is more for testing and my education, at the moment.
Ok. the best approach to visual studio is to install the tools on a local machine and deploy the final to the server with .net framework installed. It will have mysql express. If its not powerful enough, you might install MySQL on the server.

IIS will be installed. Yes, is the machine powerful enough to run it? Sql, IIS, and VB really need 2GB of ram minimum. And that will be fine for an education level. I just didn't know if you were installing it and trying to support 20 Users. I would install FTP, Telnet, and some of those other services. DNS, DHCP all those are good for learning how to handle.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Let's talk about installing Visual Studio onto my Virtual Dedicated Server.

Are there any risks?

It'll take disk space, but that doesn't worry me.  As far as performance, you mentioned VS will dog system performance.  But how about when I am running my service outside the environment, will the existence of VS on that machine still slow things down?
No risks really. If you are running it from outside.

The performance hit is more of the services visual studio uses. It has enough to cripple it. but when you are running just the services it needs to execute it, the performance will be better. So you might be ok. But having less services in a rl environment is much better.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
> The performance hit is more of the services visual studio uses.

What services?

But again you are talking about the performance hit being only when running from inside the environment, right?
i know there are some, just try it and see what happens, i can't think of any except sql services, which you will need anyway.
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