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Web server setup

My company has 3 websites in shared hosting. We need to host them in house. We currently have a Windows Server 2003 Business edition which we use as a file server and mail exchange server. we have commercial cable with a static ip, a sonic wall and a switch installed. Can we use the current server as a web server as well and is that secure? or is it better to get a new box with Windows Server 2003 Web edition and SQL server Web Edition?
For our sites, we use .NET and SQL.
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To answer your question directly, yes, you can host everything on the same box without an issue.

however - here is the caveat - in all reality, the more you host on a server the less secure it can become. If you are using a server as a mail server and a file server most likely that is critical to your business.

Adding more features/roles to one server increases that server's vulnerability (this is mainly because you are allowing others more means to access a single server, so if someone exploits an SQL vulnerability on that server, it could render the entire server compromised this also must be considered if proprietary or confidential information is passing through the server). If you are a small business and you feel the costs of getting a new server are high and you cannot justify the expense, then do everything in your power to ensure your network perimeter is secure (i.e. defining strict firewall rules, etc) . Also seek other solutions such as IDS/IPS (intrusion detection/prevention) which might be available on your sonicwall box. This IDS/IPS can look for and weed out known exploits and network penetration and effectively stop them in their tracks.

If it was me, and I had the budget, I would most likely get a new server. This will, I feel, overall boost your security and efficiency.

Good luck and hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything else,
DrWeb02Author Commented:
Thank you for explaining all that. We are a small business and its hard to justify the extra spending, especially in todays market, but we still want to do it right. I will recommend getting a new box and I believe thats what will do. Thanks again&

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