What do i need to create a web server?

Hi guys

We currently have 4 servers
Exchange Server   PowerEdge 2950
Database Server   PowerEdge 2950
Remote Server      PowerEdge 1950
Domain Controller PowerEdge 2800

We need to put our Ms Access db online, so we are planning to get our own Web Server
What do i need to do it(diy)?
We would like to do it ourselves
What software
minimun requirements
connections to the ms access db
set up dns
set up domain names
etc, etc


Please advice
Best regards
titorober23Asked:
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zelron22Commented:
Using Windows Server 2003, you can create a basic web server by installing the OS and then installing IIS (Internet Information Services).

Microsoft also has a web server edition of 2003 which is stripped down a bit, and won't perform a lot of other basic file server functions.

Minimum requirements are based on the OS, and then whatever the usage you expect.  How many connections, how intensive the DB searches are, etc.

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dspectorCommented:
If your environment is a large, mission-critical one, you should consider hiring someone with experience or buying a solution from a company with experience rather than doing it yourself. Creating and configuring a robust, hack-proof server that works efficiently and well and is backed up properly is much more complex than simply installing the IIS software.

David
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dspectorCommented:
Depending on the amount of Access programming that will be done and the load on your existing servers, you might also consider sharing one of your existing server systems. That you can probably do yourself,

David
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titorober23Author Commented:
We are a small office with 10 employees,
i do not want to slow down the performance of the current servers, by sharing it with a web server?
is it worthy?
is there a big difference?
let's say i would like to start from scratch
what do i need?
This is going to be basically to show information from my database and let users input information through  web forms?
is there any tutorial on how to create your own web server, i saw a couplein you tube, that seems to be pretty easy, i would like to gather more information to do it right
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zelron22Commented:
Here's how to install IIS.

Once you install IIS, you basically copy the HTML files into the inetpub/wwwroot folder.
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zelron22Commented:
As far as DNS, if this is only internal, then you should only need to access it by HTTP://servername.

Exchange by default installs IIS.  However, you may not want to put this on your Exchange server.  In the grand scheme of things, it probably doesn't matter since you only have 10 users.  But the cleaner you can keep the Exchange server, the happier you'll be.

As far as connections to the DB, you're starting to get into the realm of web development and you don't want me helping you with that, trust me.
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dspectorCommented:
Unless the general public will be making thousands of requsts per hour, Access is not likely to add much load. I don't see why such a small company needs five servers instead of one or two. But it's not my money, so go for it.

David
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titorober23Author Commented:
they were already there, we have like 1000 members in our list serv, we only use 2 database quickbooks and ACT,

What is a Domain controller server and how it works?
Do we really need one?
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zelron22Commented:
Hmmm...you may want to get a consultant to help you out.  No offense, but if you don't know what a domain controller is, then you're likely to run into a lot of issues that you'll bang your head against the wall.

TO answer your question, a domain controller holds manages active directory which is the security context for a domain.  It provides authentication, and a host of other services.
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titorober23Author Commented:
i have an idea i just need a more detailed explanation from experts
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dspectorCommented:
I think we have given good answers to your questions. Perhaps you aren't askng the right questions or perhaps you think that difficult questions have easy answers. In any case, you won't get anywhere by complaining about people who are trying to help you. Just my opinon.
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titorober23Author Commented:
dspector
I guess you are taking it wrong, i never complained that's why i am an active meber because i strongly believe that you are a great great help, sometimes i know the answer i just need second opinions, sometimes i am lost with new stuff and you gusy guide me through the solution.

Please do not take it wrong i am not complaining
thanks a lot for your help, honestly
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dspectorCommented:
I suspect that what you want is a complete tutorial on setting up a server for Access. I believe that most of the information you need is in the Help files for Access. You can set up the Access database server on any computer you wish.
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titorober23Author Commented:
Not exactly
After i set up the web server, yes i will put this database on it.
i found a couple of videos how to set up a web server and register the dns, etc on You tube, it seems so simple

I just need your advices before i do it
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dspectorCommented:
As I tried to tell you before, you don't need to set up anything else to support Access. The only setup is to create the Access Server Service on any available computer. You don't need dedicated hardware just for an Access Server. Is it clear now?
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titorober23Author Commented:
i understand that, i am not trying to set a web server just for an inhouse Ms access system
The next project will be to have the update and report ability through the web.
I was planning to have a web server in house so we can keep control of our own data, any change in the back end done in house  will be reflected right away in the Web online interface and any change through the web will be reflected inmediately in house.
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dspectorCommented:
Okay, then what, exactly, is your question?
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titorober23Author Commented:
what do i need to create my own webserver?
steps?
Do i need an static ip address?
do i need a software Apache? what for?
Do i need to register the DNS?
etc
etc
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titorober23Author Commented:
like a guide
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dspectorCommented:
This forum is for answering specific, relatively short questions. None of us has the time and energy to give you a lengthy tutorial on such a complex topic. Especially since there are many good tutorials already available on the Web. I used to be like you, constantly relying on other people to tell me how to do things. Annoying people without understanding why.

I have been much happier since I decided to be more self-reliant, doing Web searches or experiments to learn what I needed to know.

I recommend such a course to you.

Good luck.

David Spector
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titorober23Author Commented:
i am not relying only on you, i just get your advice to get the best from the web

I really appreciate your help that is why i consult here anything before i put hands on, just ot have an expertise second opinion
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dspectorCommented:
Congratulations on doing the work to answer your own standard but fairly complex question. If you encounter problems that you cannot find an answer to while setting up your Web server, you are welcome to ask specific questions here and someone will answer.

If you set up your Web server on the same computer with other applications used by your company, be sure to pay particular attention to security issues to ensure that hackers cannot read or alter information outside of your served directories. Details on how to do this are again too complex to list here, but are readily available in Webmaster fora and elsewhere on the Web.

On a personal note, I enjoy setting up Web servers. I run two independent servers using Apache on one computer, and am developing a standalone, portable Web application that includes its own tiny server using Mongoose on another. It's almost as much fun as programming.

Good luck!

David Spector
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