View Full Version : Web Server Questions

01-15-2006, 02:40 AM
I just (very stupidly!) bought an old server (not quite sure of all the specs but nothing too good, 733Mhz).

I will be wanting to use it as a web server for some of the time. The owner stated it was running Windows Server 2003 before but I'll install Linux on it I think (mainly because it will give me a chance to have a little play with it!).

What flavour of Linux would be best? Easiest to set up, install Apache on etc.

Also, is it a simple procedure as it has like 5 hard drives?!

While I figure out how to run a CAT5 to my router downstairs, will it be possible to just connect it to the ethernet port of this computer, which is currently getting the Internet wirelessly, and get the Internet from that?

01-15-2006, 03:07 AM
As for which linux I would suggest Redhat Fedora. You can find the link in my sig. It's easy to install and has options to install just web server related packages (ie Apache, PHP, MySQL, Perl etc.) during the install. It also has RAID support for your 5 disk setup. And I don't see any reason why you couldn't connect it to your router via your ethernet port.

BTW you can also find a download mirror here www.linuxiso.org which has most if not all of the different flavors of linux including Redhat Fedora. And for support there is a great site here http://www.fedoraforum.org/

01-15-2006, 01:25 PM
Thanks, downloading Fedora Core 4. Looks good.

Do you know if I'll be able to just use each HD individually without RAID? Even though I know the server comes with a RAID controller? Because each one is only 10GB - and full installation of Fedora is about 6-7GB I think I read, so that wouldn't leave me much space!

Never had to do anything with multiple HD's / servers before, so I'm a bit lost.

01-15-2006, 06:35 PM
Yeah you can use it without RAID. It sounds to me like the server was designed for RAID if they are each only 10Gb's. And you don't have to do a full install of Fedora for just a webserver and actually you wouldn't want to. With a webserver you only want the least amount of applications you need. This helps reduce security exploits as well as save space. During the installation you can pick one of the preset installations which the choices are "Personal Desktop", "Workstation", "Server" or "Custom". With custom you can choose individual apps or do a complete install which installs everything.

Here are some installation notes and tips/tricks

All of them cover many of the same stuff and guide you through the process of instaling Fedora 4 but there are odds and ends in each that are useful.

01-16-2006, 03:18 AM
Yeah it sounds like they might of been running like a RAID 5 setup before, which you could do if you wanted. It would give you some decent protection against data loss due to hardware failure.

Also if you want to be a little bit more daring you could use Gentoo Linux (http://www.gentoo.org). It does take more work to get it installed and running since there is no GUI installation method however it has the added benefit of being extremely customizable. So you can tune it specifically for the machine that it is being ran on and the exact purpose you are going to use it for be it a personal workstation to a type of server to a parallel processing cluster. There is a lot of documentation out there on it however I'd still say its more for the seasoned computer user than not (just FYI) especially if you don't like working at the command shell. But I thought I'd point it out nonetheless.

01-16-2006, 10:02 PM
I agree, try Fedora :)