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09 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 as Serversoftware

Dear all,

I am quite new in windows technology. I have a question:

Are there any reasons not to use Windows7 OS for hosting applications , databases, Webapplications etc? (about 20 users should access the PC)

Windows server might be too expensive for our needs.
Thank you for your help

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09 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

I asked this question a few weeks ago and was persuaded to get windows server.

You can get windows home server 2011 for about £30, so its rather inexpensive! I'm sure the small business oem version is similarly priced

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09 Dec 2011   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi all

Before you spend your money and find out too late :

I don't think Windows Home Server is actually what you need for your application.


Quote from the MS site:

No, regular Windows software may not be installed on Windows Home Server. Only add-ins that are specifically designed for Windows Home Server can be installed on a Windows Home Server machine. Attempting to install software that is not an add-in can potential break the integrity of Windows Home Server and is not supported by Microsoft or OEMs. .......

It's fine for sharing documents / files / media streaming / backup / restore but not much good for anything else

You will need a "Real Server" for what you are trying to do and Windows home server doesn't fit the bill - especially when you want DB access and a web server.

The main problem with Windows 7 is it's a SINGLE USER OS. This doesn't mean that different people can't use the computer -- but only ONE person at a time can be logged on.

Unless you are a technet suscriber or can get a copy of W2003 or W2008 server which are both fairly expensive and will need to be licensed depending on the number of users (although I think up to 4 is permitted with a single license) You would be better advised to go the Linux server route for hosting data bases and web applications.

It's quite easy to set up -- the best approach is to use what they call L.A.M.P which is a combination of Linux, Apache, MySQL and Php where Apache is the server, MySQL is the DB and Php your scripting language.

Connection to Windows machines is usually straight forward and ALL THE SOFTWARE IS FREE.

Here's a link to get you started. (Based on SUSE which is what I use as a server).

(Note download the SUSE LIVE CD first -- you don't need a full blown installation for a server --in fact it's better to keep it Lean and Mean).

Suse distribution stuff

L.A.M.P installation

Note also before opening up any web server to the Internet test it locally first and ensure access is secured. !!!

Once you've got your server up and running it's quite easy to add Windows Virtual machines too for office and other type apps. VBOX and VMWARE work fine on Linux SUSE. VBOX is free as is vmware player.

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