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    Server Configuration for Shared Hosting Environment

    I have been providing web hosting services via my software company for years now. We have several dedicated servers in a NOC for our clients. We are expanding our hosting servers to offer shared hosting to the local community. I am trying to plan out my hardware infrastructure and purchase some more servers (we use Dell PowerEdge 1950). So here is my basic plan with some questions:

    Server 1 - Business Server (Windows 2008, Domain Controller)
    Server 2 - Web Server (Windows 2008 - IIS 7; .Net, Coldfusion
    Server 3 - Database Server (Windows 2008, MSSQL)
    Server 4 - Email Server (Windows 2008)

    I am not 100% sure if I need a dedicated Email Server, but some advice I have received is that I do need a dedicated server with lots of HD space. I am still undecided about the Email Server Software. (1) Opinions on dedicated server?

    (2) Which server do I install the Control Panel software (HC 8) on?

    (3) Which server do I install the FTP Server software (undecided) on?

    (4) HC8 control panel uses an MSSQL database, can I install this on the Database Server, or should I have another instance of MSSQL where admin db's are installed?

    The web server will be a dual cpu xeon, 4 GB RAM, 300 GB x4 10k RAID 5; (5) is this enough beef? (6) This is a very general question that could vary, but how many accounts could probably be hosted on this server?

    The database server will be a dual cpu xeon, 4 GB RAM, 146 GB x4 10k RAID 5; (7) is this enough beef? (8) Just like above, how many databases could probably be hosted on this server?

    Any additional experiences on server infrastructure configurations are welcome; but please, I do want to own my servers on my own rack.

    Thanks in advance.

    WRH

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    Here is the configuration we use and recommend

    1st Server --> Web server and DNS server
    2nd Server --> MS SQL 2005 database server
    3rd Server --> Mail Server

    FTP server should be with the web server. I recommend using Core 2 DUO processors for each server with maybe RAID 10. With HC8, you can keep on adding servers whenever any server is full or nearing its capacity.
    Prashant T.

    Don't run after Success. Run after Excellence and Success will soon follow.

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    I appreciate the response Prashant.

    Which server would I install the Control Panel software on? The Business Server or Web Server?

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    HC8 has the following architecture

    1 Master server
    1 or more slave servers.

    It supports Remote Mail/DB and DNS server and hence the webserver will be the master server which will have the HC master database running and you can have the mail server, the db server and dns server separately. I recommend keeping the DNS server on the master server itself as it does not require a separate server. You can add as many slave servers as you want. Check http://www.hostingcontroller.com/eng...-overview.html for more details.
    Prashant T.

    Don't run after Success. Run after Excellence and Success will soon follow.

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