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By colin.mac ·
I'd like a bit of advice about setting up a Server. At present my web page and e-mail is being hosted by a web hosting firm, I need to set up a Server in house which will be able to cope with hosting our web page, downloading our e-mail, host a company intranet and provide a VPN gateway or server for remote access for up to 30 users. Which is the best application to use on the servers ? Win2k PRO or Win 2K Server ? Would i need two different servers ? One to host the web site and one for theVPN gateway to our Office server ?

Which is the best VPN software and which Server type would you recommend.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Server set up

If you want to have up to 30 connections at one time, then you will need to use Win2K Server. Win2KPro has a 10 concurrent user limit.
Now, you could set this all up on 1 server, but why??? If this one server goes down, then all of the services you are providing are also down.
I am a fan of distributed computing, where you get a few servers to handle all of these jobs.
I suggest 1 server as a web server (you can use IIS for this; just configure it right and keep up-to-date on the patches) hosting the public web site AND the intranet web site, 1 server as the VPN gateway (RRAS will do this, but I have not tried using it in this capacity so I can't recommend it based off experience), and 1 server for the e-mail (Exchange is ok; Lotus Domino also works, but it can be cryptic).

IMHO

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by erikdr In reply to Server set up

If presently your e-mail is on the ISP server, then for local replacement both Notes and Exchange are WAY overloaded (and too expensive). You could go for much simpler solutions like IMail, iPlanet or the like on at most 1/3 of the Exchange cost. Could be hosted on a (Windows) server combined with the others or on a separate one...

HTH,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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by Jose Mir In reply to Server set up

If you like to save money, deploy a more reliable platform, increase availability (considerably) and simplify your life, take a look at Novell Netware 6.
With the same hardware you will use to run Win2000 Server you will perform better.

Of course that you should consider the words of Mr. Moore, in the first answer, about the risk of having only one server for all the services. But this will be the same with Windows or Netware, and you can be sure that Netware will offer you less operative problems. Also Netware gives you more reliable clustering services for a lot less money.

Also take a look at Novell OnDemand Services.

Regards,

Jose P Mir
jpm@jpmir.net

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