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06-08-2003, 06:16 PM #1crazericoGuest
Hi im totally new to this. what i want to know is there a way i can set up a server from my office or home, where i can have some sort of hosting? what would i have to do? or get? i have a t1 connection, and have a good server, that i want to put to use, is there anyway i can do this?
Well i dont know nothing about it i was wondering if someone could give me a few ideas of what i would have to do?
06-09-2003, 12:10 AM #2northwindGuest
All you have to do is install most of the software used as far as hosting goes.
Assuming this is a linux box install RH, or FreeBSD.
Apache, MySQL, BIND, etc..
Hook it up on your network. Make sure your ISP allows hosting.
This is really, pretty much you have to do. I would go into detail but its late and I have to get to work tomorrow.
06-09-2003, 12:19 AM #3zanadooGuest
To put up your server with your t1 it is quite easy if you know what you are doing if you don't it can be an extremely hard task. I would recommend that you play around with linux to get the feel of it. Your server must be running 24 /7 / 365. The only problem with a T1 is that it is 1.544 mega bytes per second and if you get a bit of traffic it will slow your web site down and your web site will lag.
To have a web site running you will probably want to have the following things:
linux - I would recommend red hat because it is stable and easy to install
bind - installed with red hat
apache - installed with red hat
intrusion detection - we use port sentury
ftp - we use pureftpd
ssl - for https://
php and perl scripting - for .php .cgi and .pl
webmin - for easy web site administration
sendmail, exim or qmail - for e-mail
mysql - database back end (necessary for alot of php scripts)
although all you really need is:
bind and apache if you just want to have a simple web site
Once you have installed linux and the servers you just have to configure them and you are done.
Most of these programs are free and open source so you can play around with them.
Just go to ldp.org and search for the documentation you need and you will be on your way. If you need web hosting right away you can sign up with a web hosting company like Zanadoo or any other company that sells virtual hosting for a nominal fee.
06-09-2003, 04:10 PM #4crazericoGuest
Hi thank you very much for the help.
06-13-2003, 02:56 AM #5bitstreamGuest
I agree that you should play with linux a bit before you jump in to hosting your own server. As a person who likes to have everything under my control and do everything myself, my first impulse was to try and host a server at my home/business also. But after trying it for a year, dealing with server outages, t1 outages, power outages, and many other problems, it became very clear to me that leasing a server from a reputable server company was well worth the cost. You much better reliability and you don't have to purchase literally thousands of dollars in hardware. If you would like, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to hear more about my experience and how I am currently running.