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    im wondering if any1 knows of some home server software i could use to host my website off ( im turning a pc into a deticated server and my ISP is letting me) i heard 1 or 2 mentioned over the last few weeks ima try to find them right now and look into them but thought maby i could get some input from any1 thats used or knows of 1 (needs to have mysql /php support) free or pay for doesnt matter...

  • #2
    I suggest Apache 2. Apache will run on any OS. It supports PHP and MySQL. Apache is one of the worlds most powerful/secure http servers. Apache is free to download too!

    Others will argue the fact and say use IIS, but you need a Windows Server OS (XP Pro also has IIS). IIS supports PHP and MySQL also. IIS is not free to download, it comes on you Windows OS CD (although I think it may be downloadable from, but you must have a genuine copy of Windows that is capable of running it).

    Other good choices are Personal Web Server (for Windows 98). I think this might be a super old IIS (could be wrong though).

    Lighttp is also a good choice - its very light weight and fast! Not sure which OS's this is usable on as I've only seen it on *nix based ones.

    You're best bet though, is Apache.


    • #3
      thanks ALOT !!! just for the heck of it ima look @ IIS before i decide but being as ive heard apache mentioned so much and its free i think ill be going with that for sure, what would be the best system to run an apache server on? does linux have a server based OS? im not fimiliar with them too much been meaning to look into there other OS right now i just have 1 linux system and its on a partition pretty much just for war driving since alota the tools i use are linux based lol


      • #4
        Any Linux can technically be a server OS, you just to install the right software.

        However, I strongly recommend using Debian (personal favorite), Slackware (for the gurus), or X/Ubuntu (for the n00bs). Other good choices are any flavor of BSD, but these tend to be rather difficult to get setup for the everyday person.


        • #5

          thanks for the replay again... hows debian for setup considering im a noob, a noob whos got some patients and background though...


          • #6
            Since you have at least a minimal background with Linux, I would strongly recommend using Debian. There is a huge community to help you with your learning curve as well. One of the best places that helped me (still does to this day) is the LQ. They have a Debian subforum in the Distributions forum. Please there is the ever growing Linux Server Talk (which I am a super moderator of) which is a smaller community (way smaller), but is more focused on servers.


            • #7
              lol just reading through old post help me lol cheers for creating this thread


              • #8
                IIS7 is on Vista. There is great support for PHP using FastCGI.


                Red GateSQL tools for DBA


                • #9
                  Any Linux can technically be a server OS, you just to install the right software.

                  However, I strongly recommend using Debian (personal favorite), Slackware (for the gurus), or X/Ubuntu (for the n00bs). Other good choices are any flavor of BSD, but these tend to be rather difficult to get setup for the everyday person.


                  • #10
                    Hi according to me media files, data synchronization, and remote backups, oh my! Home computing has advanced to a point where it's practical to run your own home server, and we're running down the five best tools for the job.
                    Earlier this week we asked you to tell us what software you used to power your home servers and add that extra kick of convenience and power to your home networks. After tallying up the votes we're back to share the top five contenders for the home server championship belt. The following server implementations cover a broad spectrum of solutions ranging from install-it-and-forget-it to tinker-your-way-to-perfection and everything in between.
                    FreeNAS is by the far the most bare bones home server software in the top five. More specifically, FreeNAS is an extremely minimal distribution of FreeBSD. How minimal, you ask? You can run FreeNAS off a 32MB flash drive. Designed to be an absolutely skeletal operating system to maximize the resources devoted to storage FreeNAS is great for when you want a simple operating system that leaves every hard drive bay and disk platter wide open for file storage goodness. Despite being so slim, FreeNAS is still feature packed, including support for BitTorrent and remote web-based file management via QuiXplorer; it even serves as the perfect iTunes music server. You can boo FreeNAS off nearly any media: hard drives, optical discs, floppy disks, and flash-based media. It has support for both hardware and software based RAID, disk encryption, and management of groups and users via local authentication or Microsoft Domains. Even an old dusty Pentium III can become a headless file-serving powerhouse with the addition of a basic $20 SATA PCI card to pack it full of modern hard drives, thanks to FreeNAS's scant 96MB of RAM requirements.


                    Apache is the only entry in the top five that isn't a completely stand alone server package. Apache is, however, open source and cross platform; it support a dozen operating systems; and it's the backbone of many of your fellow readers' home server operations. Because of its widespread adoption and extreme compatibility with a variety of platforms, we're including it here. No matter what operating system you throw on your home server, you're almost guaranteed that you can run Apache on it. Nearly four years ago we covered how to set up a personal web server using Apache, and it's still relevant and worth a look for getting an idea what the setup entails. While you're at it, you may also want to try setting up a home Subversion server with your Apache installation for keeping track of file revisions.

                    Windows Home Server

                    If your home is filled with Windows-based computers—which the average American home certainly is—it's tough to go wrong with Windows Home Server. It isn't free, and until recently you couldn't even buy it separately from the home servers sold by Hewlett Packard and others—but even though it has the distinction of being both the only commercial and closed-source software package on the list, that doesn't mean you should dismiss it out of hand. Windows Home Server stands definitively as the most Average Joe-friendly server implementation on the list. Not only is it the only server package you can buy pre-configured and installed in a ready to go off-the-shelf server, but Microsoft has gone out of their way to make the experience of using Windows Home Server as transparent and painless as possible for the end user. In fact, many Lifehacker readers expressed the "It just works" sentiment when logging a vote for Windows Home Server. Once you have all your computers connected to your Windows Home Server, you'll have a centralized backup location that supports up to 10 remote PCs and indexed remote file storage. Printers are shared and there is easy to use remote server access to log into your archives from anywhere in the world. Files are no longer lost in a mass of drives, add a few terabyte drives to a Windows Home Server and you'll never wonder if that movie file is on the F, G, or H drive again. Windows Home Server spans drives using Drive Extender so that files are located in a single folder namespace, sans drive divisions. The most recent update of Windows Home Server even adds an option to backup the server itself to external drives for extra data redundancy. Since the Microsoft site for Windows Home Server is heavy on promotion but low on actual screenshots, check out our screenshot tour for more.
                    Now that you've seen the contestants vying for the title of best home server, it's time to log your votes to see who will go home with the belt—and the task of storing your mountains of media files and remote backups.
                    Which Home Server Software is Best? (Poll Closed)
                    FreeNAS 16% (1546 votes)

                    Ubuntu Server Edition 32% (3088 votes)

                    Debian 9% (845 votes)

                    Windows Home Server 32% (3059 votes)

                    Apache 6% (546 votes)

                    Other 6% (621 votes)

                    Which Home Server Software is Best?
                    ( polls)
                    If you have tips or tricks for running a home server, sound off in the comments below. Many readers will be considering running a home server for the first time after reading over the top contenders above, so your experience (and accolades) could help them find a home server package that works for them.

                    Good luck
                    msds software


                    • #11
                      IIS7 great support for PHP using FastCGI.


                      • #12
                        I use Apache web server version 2.2. But just a warning if you install it on Windows Vista you have to configure Apache through the OS command prompt and modify certain files in order to allow testing of server-side scripts. You also need to make sure that there are no other programs running on Port 80, or else it will not install correctly. I strongly recommend using this tutorial,
               It was a pain in the ass and took me hours to read through all of it but it makes Apache work properly. You will also need an older version of PHP 5.2.5 in order to follow the tutorial.