I am getting a dedicated server setup tommarow, my host told me that I would have to provide everything but the OS, he and I kinda know each other now so he graciasly put windows server 2003 on instead of me providing it. But anyway, is there a free or very cheap software pack that is as easy to use and work like CPanel. This is my first dedicated server and I have heard that CPanel is one of the better ones, I just have like $50 a month after bills, gas, server, etc... to spend on stuff such as cigars . I would need something to manage ftp, possible sub-domains in the future, hotlink protection, and general stuff like that.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Nothing that I really know of. If you are that pressed for money, managing a Windows 2K3 server without a control panel is not incredibly difficult. IIS even has a web-based interface. Plus, you have a nice easy to use "Server Wizard".