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    I have a celeron 900 running ubuntu too. Slot in CD, answer a few questions, OLa!! I put it in my room to run some unix commands, and to play mahjong. Kkakkakaka....

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    Quote Originally Posted by togu
    Kkakakak, serving porno at home? You bad!

    It's not a joke, but this is 1 of the webserver in my company, and it's hosting 7 portal/directory , and about 4 client sites.

    Windows Advance Server OS
    IIS/ DNS server
    Pentium 3 1 GHZ
    2 x 128mb ECC ram
    60gb hdd
    Using a starhub lease line.
    MSSQL running on another machine tho.

    Slow, but still running.
    waaahh.... i dun do that... as in surf porn... (Booooo.... )

    wah.. actually i intend to get a 500-800mhz...with a 30gb liao. den 512rams, and yah... run XP lo.. or server 2003....

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennyong
    waaahh.... i dun do that... as in surf porn... (Booooo.... )

    wah.. actually i intend to get a 500-800mhz...with a 30gb liao. den 512rams, and yah... run XP lo.. or server 2003....
    Seriously speaking, that's enough for linux. Server 2003, you might still be able to get by but expect some stuff eg. MySQL DB access to be slow if you're going to run gallery2 on it....

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    I run linux apache mysql G2 and phpforum with my 10 yrs old 512mb machine.

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    Ok. I am guilty of running my server on a AMD 2500XP rig

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klose
    Ok. I am guilty of running my server on a AMD 2500XP rig
    waaahhh..... so good system leh....

    mine is like poo when compared....

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    Whatever the case, do things the legal way, less getting caught. Not worth Have you calculated the cost of licensing issue while using Microsoft product?

    The Whole issue here is not the hardware and software. Maintaining the machine is no diff from running a PC at home. In fact even less work. I have been maintaining servers before for years(including Dell supply chain server), and all I can say is nothing interesting, and full of problem from hackers especially MS product.

    If you want to try then don't stinge on the line. Get a proper internet connection that allows you to setup servers on it, else you realised later, that this port and that port is closed, and you cannot run this and that services and so on, end up you cannot really learn much except the frustration!

    Just my take on this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennyong
    whoa.. i am extremely surprised that soo many people rallied to me when i called for help... i am so touched..

    ok. read up and did seek some advice thou... but none of my friends gave me good advices as compared to here... (darn them..)

    i maybe linking up 1-2 pcs for the server thing. rams i will source for 2GBs, and the HDD, i will source too.

    actually my purpose of setting up server is to host my portfolios, 1 photography gallery and 3 - 4 design portfolio, both of them are image intensive, however they are all around 56kb/picture. so i guess isnt much of an issue ?

    both "websites" are flash animated. while i am making a non-flash webpage too.

    first of all. i would like to say thanks to those who have contributed to this thread. very grateful to all !!

    hmmmm this server security is something i fear also....

    OS, i am not sure yet. but will decide again when the computers comes in.
    You are going to put in your portfolios and 1 photo gallery only. I would recommend you to sign up for a host to place your stuff online because it is cheaper to do so.

    You do need to care about the hardware and also the bandwidth.

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    Dont forget, Starhub blocks port 80..... So if you run a web server, you either have to assign a different port, or use HTTPS which in this case you need to get a cert for it. Dont forget to harden it too.

    I used to run my website and mail service from home. It was running a AMD Athlon Xp1400, 768mb ram, 120gb hdd with DYNDNS. It ran on Win2000 SP4, MailEnable and Microsoft IIS. Wasnt extremely fab, but accessing WTS from HK was painfully slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennyong
    guys.

    i am setting up a home server to host my website. so er.. i am no computer pro so i am lost in setting it up.

    1) basic system requirements ? i know i'll have to get a basic pc, with a good hdd. but will 512mb of ram be enough ??

    2) wad OS does the server need ??

    3) i am running 2 pcs, and 2 laptops from one router. and the line is shared with maxtv. so can i still run a server ?

    4) i dun mind paying for domain names and etc etc.. but i do mind paying for webspace which is rather little.. 100mb cannot tahan my website plus some other websites in the near future so i can only pay for domain names.

    5) i need all the help i can get ??

    and i dun mind treating the person who get help me set up the server at my home thou...

    many many thanks in advance.... and very very paiseh for so many qns at one time....

    i didnt ask this is HWZ because i very noob there, and they reply very technical stuffs which i may get lost...

    1. Maybe you can start with Pentium 4, 512GB Ram with two Harddisk. First Hdd 20GB for OS (C:\ drive) and Second Hdd (D:\80GB) for storing data. Later found out that not enought then upgrade from there. Remember to buy DVD writer or other backup devices to backup your important data in case harddisk crash and also document all the configuration like IP/subnet/Gateway addresses, hostname or any host file and server partition drive and all those drivers info like network card and display card. You may need those info to rebuild the system when crash or doing a migration to a new hardware.

    2. Inorder to setup Web Server use Windows 2003 Std edition or linux OS (Redhat).
    Linux are more stable than windows. So setup linux if you know how to use Linux.

    3. Static IP and Domain name need to register with ISP. eg. singtel
    you need a router that support Cable/DSL broadband connection and in build with some network ports to connect to other PC or laptop.
    How the configuration is done is depend which brand and model you use.

    4. Is better to work out the budget and check what is the advantages and disadvantages by hosting yourself or let ISP host for you. If you want to host yourself then you need to install anti-spyware and anti-virus program to protect you system.

    Buy a server motherboard if you need to run 24 by 7 they are build to run 24hrs non-stop and of course cooling is also important. Some Server motherboard have RAID in build to let you configure two harddisk mirror each other. So if one break down the other still running.
    After replaced the faulty haddisk it should auto rebuild the mirror again.

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