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Basic question [message #164249] Thu, 18 June 2009 13:18 Go to next message
Avatar  is currently offline Avatar  United States
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Can one use either a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Intel machine as a
web server using Apache HTTP software to host a simple company website?

Will the 'normal' Windows restrictions of allowing only 10 users at a time
affect the number of web users too?

We do have an Internet broadband connection adequate for our needs and our
ISP does provide static IPs and allows servers.

We are going to engage a local tech soon for doing the job but this is
something we wished to learn now as 'talk' from well-wishing advisers seem
very confusing.

We already asked similarly in another forum earlier but now somehow cannot
seem to access the responses.

Regards and TIA.

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Re: Basic question [message #164276 is a reply to message #164249] Fri, 19 June 2009 02:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Grant Taylor  is currently offline Grant Taylor  United States
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Avatar wrote:
> Will the 'normal' Windows restrictions of allowing only 10 users at a
> time affect the number of web users too?

It is my (mis)understanding that the 10 user limit (Windows XP Pro) does
not apply to internet (as in web page) users.



Grant. . . .
Re: Basic question [message #164280 is a reply to message #164249] Fri, 19 June 2009 03:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Dusko Savatovic  is currently offline Dusko Savatovic  Croatia
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In line ..

"Avatar" <avatar@re.birth> wrote in message
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> Can one use either a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Intel machine as a
> web server using Apache HTTP software to host a simple company website?

Yes, you can.
Windows XP is usually intended for development of web solution, not high
volume serving.
There is also Windows Server 2003 Web edition available. This is low cost
server intended for your scenario, however with the intention od using
Microsoft IIS Web server.

> Will the 'normal' Windows restrictions of allowing only 10 users at a time
> affect the number of web users too?

The restriction applies to authenticated SMB sessions, not http sessions.
HTTP sessions are stateless at protocol level.

> We do have an Internet broadband connection adequate for our needs and our
> ISP does provide static IPs and allows servers.

Is the connection asymetric? Meaning you have, say, 3Mbps for download but
only 256 kbps for upload? This would not be a good bandwidth for hosting.
You better double check available options with your ISP and or hosting
provider.

> We are going to engage a local tech soon for doing the job but this is
> something we wished to learn now as 'talk' from well-wishing advisers seem
> very confusing.

I wish you success with your enterprise.

> We already asked similarly in another forum earlier but now somehow cannot
> seem to access the responses.

> Regards and TIA.

> Avatar
> -------

Regards and good luck
DuskoS
Re: Basic question [message #164318 is a reply to message #164280] Fri, 19 June 2009 16:59 Go to previous message
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My response at bottom:
"Dusko Savatovic" <nospam.savatovic@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> In line ..
>
> "Avatar" <avatar@re.birth> wrote in message
> news:%23xKKVjD8JHA.2388@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>> Can one use either a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Intel machine as a
>> web server using Apache HTTP software to host a simple company website?
>
> Yes, you can.
> Windows XP is usually intended for development of web solution, not high
> volume serving.
> There is also Windows Server 2003 Web edition available. This is low cost
> server intended for your scenario, however with the intention od using
> Microsoft IIS Web server.
>
>> Will the 'normal' Windows restrictions of allowing only 10 users at a
>> time
>> affect the number of web users too?
>
> The restriction applies to authenticated SMB sessions, not http sessions.
> HTTP sessions are stateless at protocol level.
>
>> We do have an Internet broadband connection adequate for our needs and
>> our
>> ISP does provide static IPs and allows servers.
>
> Is the connection asymetric? Meaning you have, say, 3Mbps for download but
> only 256 kbps for upload? This would not be a good bandwidth for hosting.
> You better double check available options with your ISP and or hosting
> provider.
>
>> We are going to engage a local tech soon for doing the job but this is
>> something we wished to learn now as 'talk' from well-wishing advisers
>> seem
>> very confusing.
>
> I wish you success with your enterprise.
>
>> We already asked similarly in another forum earlier but now somehow
>> cannot
>> seem to access the responses.
>
>> Regards and TIA.
>
>> Avatar
>> -------
>
> Regards and good luck
> DuskoS


Thanks very much for the informative response.

The business broadband connection is indeed not symmetric - 10Down/2Up.
We do have our website presently co-located with a web-hosting company. For
reasons too involved to get into here we need to find another solution for
at least the next half-year till we move into a location with 10Down/10Up
connection.

Appreciate clearing up our confusion between logged-in users and http
connections!

Regards. :-)

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