I am a computer tech at a high school. I have access to get a few servers and am looking to get into web hosting. How would I get started? I am a newbie to this forum but not computers. Any help would be much appreciated.
Read a whole lot. Searching through the forums here will give you a good idea of what you need to research as a bunch of the answers you'll have have already been answered. Then make sure you have a sound business plan that has several contingencies and see what capital you have and will have to invest in your company. There is a lot of software that you need to look into and decide on. Just remember that if you don't know enough about a business to make a business plan, you don't know enough about a business to have people trust you with their money. If you don't know how to make a business plan, you don't know enough about business. People put their businesses on the web with hosting companies and this affects how they feed their kids. Of course you could just host kids and hobbiests and then it's only your reputation and their money on the line.
No I will be using servers that I am going to get from the school. I have seen where I have to read a great deal and I understand that. However, I am looking to work smart then hard. If I can recieve good information about where to look I think I ahve the background to make it.
Are the servers Linux or Windows? That will determine a lot as to what you need to learn first as far as software goes. Also, if you're going to use them to host a real hosting business, you won't be able to do it from home very effectively, you'll have to colocate them somewhere. You just won't have the bandwidth.
It might be smart in your situation to determine how much it will cost per month to keep the servers running, and with good bandwidth. Then see if you can get a few local businesses to agree to let you host their websites, enough to cover expenses and have a little extra for upgrades and to make it worth your while. This will allow you to learn the basics of what it takes, while building a foundation for your soon-to-come business. Whatever you do, make sure you treat your customers, every one of them, like gold, no matter what. They will talk about you and bring you more business.
You'll have to decide if you're going to run windows again or go with Linux. Big price difference and windows will require more diligence to make it as secure. Linux problems usually get resolved right away due to its open-source nature. windows gets fixed when it becomes profitable to do so.
You won't be able to use their licenses for this unless they actually give you the exclusive rights to them, and they are not 'for educational use only' versions.