Building Win2003 Web Server - HELP!

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  1. Nobber22

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    Help me please! I have built a brand spanking new Win2003 web server for our Web designers to......well, do whatever they do. I have built the server and handed it over to the team.

    But I don't know what other useful components we need to load/add/shoehorn into the box (and no comments like Unix, Linux or Netware please!! I KNOW Microsoft is evil, etc :D , but I have to use it = Company Policy!)

    I have a raft of Microsoft Select CD's with applications like BizTalk, Visual Studio, Sharepoint, IIS 2003, SMS 2003, Operations Manager, etc....but I have no idea what my team server needs??

    What are they doing on the server you ask? Well, we have a nice little Frontpage 2002 website with dozens of pages, links etc. Once again Frontpage is Company Policy ( :mad: ), so we can't use anything groovy either. So we want to have a little community Intranet, with Search facilities (Frontpage Extensions???) and the ability to run a small forum (much later).

    I know a bit about PHP Nuke and similar 3rd Party products, but what flaming Microsoft application(s) can get my web server humming???

    Anyone built and configured one of these little devils recently? :lease:
     
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    What version of win2k3 server are you using as there is a web only version of the server which is designed just for acting as a web server?

    With Server 2003 IIS 6 is on there already , sharepoint is useful for document/content management for users. I have some links to good sharepoint sites. Aside from that I suggest PHP and that should cover a lot of bases.
     
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    Visual Studio - Programming
    Sharepoint - Web based front end for document management
    IIS 2003 - User management
    SMS 2003 - Asset Management and Software Delivery
    Operations Manager - Server monitoring software

    Sharepoint's a nice one to have installed if you keep documents such as processes and the like.

    If you're likely to be wanting to display information from data sources, such as SQL databases, might be worthwhile considering Visual Studio .NET, though it doesnt neccessarily have to be on the server itself, as long as you can publish to it.
     
  4. Nobber22

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    Ohhhh! I have one of those Web Server CD's! I'll blow away the Standard build and get that one going! Cheers Lads, trying to find setup info on the web is bloomin' tricky! :(
     
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    For ecommerce applications you'll need something to enable image uploads.

    And something like 'ASPemail' (think it's called that) for sending emails from within ecommerce applications and suchlike.

    I can dig out the names if you need them.

    I'm only a web designer, not a developer btw.
     
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    Thanks Chris. That's my problem: 1000's of web designers out there, zero platform developers. We do have a red-hot support company who looks after all our servers, but they are Networking specialists, not web experts. :mad:

    I've trawled through the websites of dozens of Microsoft Gold Partners, but trying to see "Who knows what they are doing technically" vs "Who has a 10 million pound CRM application for sale that has a web component built-in :hiya: :hiya: :hiya: "....... :nono:

    Dare I call Microsoft direct? :rolleyes:
     
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    To be honest I don't see any need to call Microsoft direct on this. I'm a server engineer who looks after a few webs servers so if you want help just PM me. Do you have the hardware ready? Is it an existing server or a new server you are putting in?
     
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    I did a site for a Microsoft Gold partner http://www.cardium.co.uk

    They are a smallish company but seem to know what they are doing. May be worth talking to them.

    Failing that, do you know of a friendly ISP that could help you out? As they would know what your typical web company would need.
     
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    Thanks Chris - I'll give them a try.

    Friendly ISP?.......we use BT....ummmmmm. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :D
     

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