Installing NT for use as a local Web server

There are only a few things you need to be certain of when you install Windows NT. Make sure that you install the TCP/IP protocol, and that NT is aware of (you probably have to tell it) your networking card and its proper interrupt (IRQ). You can install any of this later from the Networks Control Panel option, but the more you do ahead of time the better. Don't worry about entering a TCP/IP address when it prompts you; that's done easily enough later unless you already know what you're doing.

NT seems to accept all of the networking cards Linux accepts, but make certain to check the hardware compatibility list that comes in the box. If your card isn't listed, you may need to buy a new one. NT also can be very picky about the devices it will connect to - generally you're better off to use SCSI devices than IDE/ATAPI devices. Microsoft had to write most of these drivers itself, and I don't think they enjoyed the job.

NT includes a Telnet program, Remote Access Services for connecting to the Internet (and more), an FTP server program (though the only client is text-based), and some smaller TCP/IP services. You may want to explore the EMWAC site for more tools.

Let's move on to setting TCP/IP for this thing up.

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