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By THE_JACKELL ·
I have 6 2U 3.06 Dual Xeon Rackmount Servers.. Would like to host maybe a webserver and or game servers for a business. I am looking for someone that can shed some light on setting this up or explain the process..This is my first attempt at anything this complicated and I am tring to teach myself with whatever resources I can find online... so if anyone can point me in the right direction with any helpful information it would be much appreciated.. Thanks

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by briantruitt In reply to Suggestions Please

I guess the first thing is to decide what OS you want to use. From there you can figure what services are capable of being run. Linux and Windows 2000/2003 should be able to run Webservers and Mail servers with no problems at all, as long as you have a high speed connection. Actually, you could probably set-up numerous web and mail servers for you business as well as others as long as the proper ports are opened on your firewall/router. I'm hosting 5-6 different websites and mail on a P3 450 using RH9, so you should be all set with your Dual Xeon's. I'm not too up on the game server part so I'm not even going to go there. I'd use two of the servers and sell the rest and go on a shopping spree. Good Luck.

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by Jose Mir In reply to Suggestions Please

Answer 1 forgot about Novell; but don?t worry, many people do that.

I suggest you to take a look at NetWare 6.5; it has many powerful features, and it will give you more speed and stability than Windows 2000 or 2003. You will find much (and I mean MUCH) easier to administer NetWare + GroupWise than Win2003 + Exchange for large networks.

Security is also a big difference. Windows 2003 has nothing to do against NetWare in security.

Many web servers? NetWare will give you a helping hand.

Are you going to use come kind of clustering? Again, NetWare is ahead.

And what about price? Make some numbers and you will see (don?t forget to include the future support and upgrade cost you ill have with Windows).

Linux is a very good option too, but NetWare will make your life easier!

Hope this help.

Regards,

Jose.-

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