Which OS to run a small hosting company on my co-located server?
Posted on 2007-11-27
Hello, I have been given a Dell Poweredge 1750 (1U rack format) to run a small web hosting company. I already have the co-location contract in place, just not sure which OS to run on it.
Most of the webs on the box will be non-profit organizations, and I will be giving them the website and email for free. I do have a few long time clients I will also be hosting their informational based websites and giving them email (charging them to cover the cost of the co-location).
I'm not in this to make any reason money, just pay for the co-location.
I'm trying to figure out which OS I should put on this box. I have a licensed copy of SBS2003r2 that came with the machine (OEM + CofA sticker). I also have an unused license for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1.
I've been going back and forth decided which one to install and why. I'm a Windows guy and have used SBS2003 for several clients and seem to like it the best. I would love to be able to use Exchange for myself, my family, and for a few clients. The rest will just be using POP email.
I also have a Blackberry, as does my wife, and would love to integrate that as well. That's why I'm leaning towards Windows.
I've seen a few experts say don't use SBS2003 for web hosting. I'm unsure how the 5 clients I have with SBS2003 work. I won't be using the system for file sharing or anything, just websites and email basically.
Hopefully someone can shed some light onto this for me, I have 2 weeks to choose an OS, install it, and ship the server to the datacenter.
Thanks for all your help!