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Don't know what server to use...

Postby lowellabraham » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:33 pm

hey guys,

I have a new Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition server setup at home. I pretty much use it as a file server and a printer server. But I want to use it also as a web server also. Before I had this machine, I used Apache on 2003 Server in VMware - it worked fine. I don't know much about Apache, one of my friend who is a Unix Sys Admin set it up for me. I was wondering if I should go with Apache or IIS 6 on my new machine.

I will be hosting couple of domains on this server. My main concern is security. I usually throw in my projects from school and I don't want anybody screwing around with my box or taking it down.

My server specs is in my Signature

let me know guys!
thank you so much!
Workstation:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 1333 MHz FSB
PCB: GA-EP45-UD3R
RAM: 4X1GB DDRII 800MHz
GPU: Nvidia 8400 GS
HDD0: WD 150 GB 10,000 RPM
DISPLAY: 24' Dell UltraSharp Widescreen
Server: Intel Pentium 4 3.40GHz HT 800MHz FSB / 4X1GB DDRII 800MHz / 1X200GB 7200rpm / Windows 2003 Server Standard R2
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Postby Nativedude » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:24 pm

Hmm...
I'd imagine IIS would be more secure since it's part of Server 2008
But I've just always used Apache, to me it seems to have more features than IIS
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Postby lowellabraham » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:25 pm

im using 2003
Workstation:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 1333 MHz FSB
PCB: GA-EP45-UD3R
RAM: 4X1GB DDRII 800MHz
GPU: Nvidia 8400 GS
HDD0: WD 150 GB 10,000 RPM
DISPLAY: 24' Dell UltraSharp Widescreen
Server: Intel Pentium 4 3.40GHz HT 800MHz FSB / 4X1GB DDRII 800MHz / 1X200GB 7200rpm / Windows 2003 Server Standard R2
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Postby Nativedude » Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:10 am

oops :oops:
Sorry, meant Server 2003
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Postby kanaloa » Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:14 am

I think Apache is the better choice. When I used my box as a server I used it. We also use Apache on our *nix box here at PRO.
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Postby lowellabraham » Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:26 am

should I use WAMP? or should I use standalone Apache?
Workstation:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 1333 MHz FSB
PCB: GA-EP45-UD3R
RAM: 4X1GB DDRII 800MHz
GPU: Nvidia 8400 GS
HDD0: WD 150 GB 10,000 RPM
DISPLAY: 24' Dell UltraSharp Widescreen
Server: Intel Pentium 4 3.40GHz HT 800MHz FSB / 4X1GB DDRII 800MHz / 1X200GB 7200rpm / Windows 2003 Server Standard R2
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Postby c0ldfyr3 » Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:33 am

WAMP just makes the install go a lot faster. less to mess around with and configure.

if your a first time apache user then use wamp as its just that WAMP server... Windows Apache Mysql PHP. all the things you will need for a simple website.. and if you want to use asp codeing then you can add the support for that later.

IMHO a WAMP server is more secure then a IIS server.

when i was first getting into *Nix and Apache and web development i used VMware workstation and setup a linux install ( Debian Sarge ) with apache php and mysql installed, so that if someone did hack it i could easily just restart the system and were back to normal. using a "snapshot" of the VMWare HDD to restore back to normall, and i updated the HDD after each update to the site.
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