Installing a Web Server
Because installing an NT server is so extremely well documented in the on-line materials that come with each server, I'm only going to point out a few servers that seem like good places to work on and which come with easy trial offers that can let you evaluate them. Unlike the UNIX servers, most of the setup and administration make lots of sense, are well documented, and don't require you to find and edit obscure files.
All of these come with complete documentation that goes far beyond anything I can provide here, so I'll let them handle that work. WebSite's trial version only gives partial documentation, but includes complete setup information - and set up was a breeze.
- The EMWACS web server is free. It's available in the Microsoft Resource Kit for NT (only costs $150, but does come with a CD-ROM), on the Digital Road Map for Windows (call 1-800-DIGITAL), in a variety of books, or directly from EMWACS own web server.
- The O'Reilly WebSite server is the system I'm using now. They have a 60-day trial version available, or you can order the real version with documentation and other goodies for a few hundred bucks.
- Netscape Communications offers two servers, the Communications and Commerce Servers. The Commerce server costs a fortune but lets you handle sensitive data - like credit card numbers - securely. The Communications server costs much less (and also less than its UNIX counterpart) and spares all the security goodies. There are no free versions available online. Still, if you're setting up for a commercial site, you may well want one of these.
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