Web Server

  Amss81 21:35 16 Nov 2003

Whats the best pc Spec. for a some who runs a web server at home.

  Amss81 22:56 16 Nov 2003

sorry bad spellings, i mean't to say: For someone who runs a webserver

  Forum Editor 00:00 17 Nov 2003

it might be an idea to talk to your ISP about this. Many providers will not allow you to run a server on port 80, and that means nobody will see your server, even if they have your IP address.

On the subject of IP addresses - do you have a static IP or does your ISP assign one dynamically? Do you already have a primary and secondary DNS server? You'll need both if you want to be sure that your site will have the maximum amount of up time. Once all that's sorted out you'll need to look at firewalls and routers, server Operating systems and which ports to lock down to prevent the nasties out there from compromising your server.

Once you have all the boxes ticked, so to speak you can run pretty well any PC as a web server, provided you're prepared to leave it running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, connected to an ADSL line. Many people are under the impression that a web server has to be an expensive monster with tons of RAM and a state of the art processor, but that isn't the case. Most modern PCs will function very well as servers, although if your site starts attracting anything serious by way of traffic you'll need to upgrade your hardware pretty smartly.

Frnakly I can't see the point of running a server at home when for a relatively small outlay you can run a dedicated rack server in a professionally monitored server facility. All your needs are catered for, and you can even administer the server from the comfort of your home PC.

I used a 950 duron quite happily for nearly a year now, with 256mb memory. Goes ok, used it as a games server on several occasion's.

I know people that are using 600's happily.

I mainly just use mine for putting pictures up onto, mates sites so they can be tested before it goes live and also my server act's as somewhere i can back up onto.

  Amss81 14:16 20 Nov 2003

Get thanks guys, you've been helpful.

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