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Never Dealt With a Server Before

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I've read the manuals, but I still don't know what the realistic expectations should be from a performance/compatibility stand point. I've got an IBM Intellistation Zpro, model 18U dual processors. I have an older HP netserver storage system/6 that I want to use with the Zpro. All together I have 288 gb of hard drives. 1 gb ram, and a 400fsb. A newer AGP video card w/s video, soundblaster sound card and an UPS from Pitney-Bowes.

If I put these components together, should I be able to make them work together?

Can I use my copies of Windows 2000 server, or Windows NT server for my OS?

I'm unfamiliar with Debian and Solaris 2.6, but I have those too. I just don't know what to do with them, or if it would be my best bet to crash course them and use one of them instead of either Windows.

I'm really pumped about the chance to learn everything I can from this, but I need help to be sure that I'll get all that I can out of this effort---otherwise, I'm just wasting time "tinkering", and I hate that thought.

I don't care as much about the usability of the finished product as much as I do about what I learn from doing it right, keeping an eye on optimization. What happens here determines whether or not I will invest in a newer setup in the future.

I refuse to let fear hobble me, so are there any suggestions, opinions or caveats for me out there?
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A few things i think you should look at.


Personally i think the best thing you can learn is what you can do with Apache.


I also think that if you learn how to run Linux servers you will have a larger base to learn from as most of the servers on the internet are Linux servers.

This is an interesting read.


These are a good start for you.

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