Client has an application being developed for them which requires Apache 2.2.3, PHP 5.2.4, and MySQL 5.0.45 to run. They don't care whether it's a Linux or Windows box, just that it meets those minimum specs for the engine. Client staff has little experience with Linux, but plenty of Windows Server. Platform will be VMware ESX for whichever environment we build.
The initial deployment will be a test of the beta software, so having VMs is handy to make snapshots, backup, copy, etc.
What I'm looking for is whether anyone has advice on bringing Apache, PHP and MySQL up on a Windows Server (2003 or 2008) image or going with a Linux distro knowing what you know about our experience with each. Are there distros that have decent management interfaces for the AMP pieces or is everything going to be command line driven?