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    Help with my new server

    Hey guys, nice to meet you all. what a great forum!

    I was browsing on running a small hosting company? And came across this forum.

    I bought a Blade server, and I am wanting to run a small site for a few websites. I just need some expert advice on how to set up and where to start, I have done a lot of research, and know quite a bit, but I really want somebody with experience to guide me along.

    Here is some specs on my server:

    It has 4 Hard Drive slots, only 1 in it 160G
    XP pro service pack 3
    2 xeon CPU
    3.06GHz
    5.75 GB ram
    Intel 82801 ultra storage container

    Any help would be great... Thanks a lot.

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    Setting up a server might be the last step in your business plan. Do you have it yet? What do you want to offer to your customers?

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    Hi,
    Yes I have the server now. I just wondering the best place to start?

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    I mean, do you have any business plan yet? What do you want to offer to your customers?

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    I was just hoping to set up a small company, offer great prices. Not for profit, for hobby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Articman View Post
    Hey guys, nice to meet you all. what a great forum!

    I was browsing on running a small hosting company? And came across this forum.

    I bought a Blade server, and I am wanting to run a small site for a few websites. I just need some expert advice on how to set up and where to start, I have done a lot of research, and know quite a bit, but I really want somebody with experience to guide me along.

    Here is some specs on my server:

    It has 4 Hard Drive slots, only 1 in it 160G
    XP pro service pack 3
    2 xeon CPU
    3.06GHz
    5.75 GB ram
    Intel 82801 ultra storage container

    Any help would be great... Thanks a lot.
    First suggestion would be to install at least one more hard disk, setting up a mirrored pair / raid 1 volume as it's somewhat vulnerable to failure with a single drive.

    Then, get rid of Windows XP Pro and install either a proper Windows Server OS (2003 or 2008 Server Web Edition / Standard), or your preferred Linux OS.
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    If your starting out new you might want to go an easier root and maybe try some the following:

    1) As 'timstephenson' has said install a second hard drive so you can either hardware or software RAID your drives
    2) Install Linux CentOS 64Bit (5.6+ would be ideal to start with but v6 is out)
    3) Install a good working control panel, I would suggest cPanel/WHM - You can get licenses from buycpanel.com for a good price. - Using cPanel will help you know more about hosting sites and the hosting industry as its one of the best and useful control panels we have found. A free one which is good would be Koxo.

    Hope this helps, and the best of luck!

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    Thanks for all the great reply's guys! I will get working on doing your suggestions.
    I am wondering tho? After I get windows server on it, and another hard drive, how do I set it all up so, like a hosing company? So people can come and buy some cheap hosting?

    Thanks again.

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    You might want to set up a website to sell/give away your products Generally speaking it's not always a good idea to host your website on your own servers/network because in the event of downtime your clients/friends won't be able to contact you through it. So might be worth getting a reseller account from another provider in addition to your dedicated server.
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    You have ther server but.....

    You have a blade server but do you have the switches, enclosure, power supplies and a colo facility?

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    I think I am going to sell the server? I really dont have the time, I been thinking and i do a lot of coding for people, and building sites. So i will put it up for sale.

    What would you think its worth? I have asked a few people, and they say start bid at 1k.

    Thank youl

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    Search eBay for similar pricing. What's the exact processor model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articman View Post
    I think I am going to sell the server? I really dont have the time, I been thinking and i do a lot of coding for people, and building sites. So i will put it up for sale.

    What would you think its worth? I have asked a few people, and they say start bid at 1k.

    Thank youl
    Hey, Your business got closed before starting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Articman View Post
    Hey guys, nice to meet you all. what a great forum!

    I was browsing on running a small hosting company? And came across this forum.

    I bought a Blade server, and I am wanting to run a small site for a few websites. I just need some expert advice on how to set up and where to start, I have done a lot of research, and know quite a bit, but I really want somebody with experience to guide me along.

    Here is some specs on my server:

    It has 4 Hard Drive slots, only 1 in it 160G
    XP pro service pack 3
    2 xeon CPU
    3.06GHz
    5.75 GB ram
    Intel 82801 ultra storage container

    Any help would be great... Thanks a lot.
    Add 3 more hard drives set them up in Raid 10,
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    You haven't even started yet, and now you're planning on selling? That's bad..

    Well good luck on getting a good price though.
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    You haven't even started yet, and now you're planning on selling? That's bad..

    Well good luck on getting a good price though.
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    You may get a couple hundred bucks on ebay for it.

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    I really wanted to, but things are very busy now for me, and I just wont have the time to put in to it I need.

    Thanks everyone tho.

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