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My dad has started his own company & for that he needs a server which can host a website & also store & retrieve mails. He said initially 20 People will be connecting the server for sending & retrieving mails & the volume will go up eventually.

My specs which I have thought of.

--Intel Atom D525 BOXMO or the D2700 DC/MUD
--2x1GB DDR3 1066Mhz RAM (I already have these from my MacBook)
--ITB or 2TB HDD
--Intel 622AN WiFi Chip in the Mini PCIe Slot.
--Lian-Li PCQ07


Also don't know which OS to Install.

I am planning on Clear OS or Ubuntu Server or maybe even Windows.
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I would not recommend using wifi for a server. But everything else check out. Sounds like a nice, low wattage little small business server biggrin.gif

Also stick to either Debian or Centos if you go the Linux route.
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yep, use a LAN card over a wireless card for a server.. and +1 to centos thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by ZFedora View Post

I would not recommend using wifi for a server. But everything else check out. Sounds like a nice, low wattage little small business server biggrin.gif
Also stick to either Debian or Centos if you go the Linux route.
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Originally Posted by stubass View Post

yep, use a LAN card over a wireless card for a server.. and +1 to centos thumb.gif

I agree. CentOS ftw!
 
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post #5 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ZFedora View Post

I would not recommend using wifi for a server. But everything else check out. Sounds like a nice, low wattage little small business server biggrin.gif
Also stick to either Debian or Centos if you go the Linux route.
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yep, use a LAN card over a wireless card for a server.. and +1 to centos thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Moovin View Post

I agree. CentOS ftw!

Any reason why not to use Wifi?

I found a guide for configuring a Mail server on Ubuntu

http://flurdy.com/docs/postfix/#software

Is there anything similar for CentOS?
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Any reason why not to use Wifi?

Gbe is faster for you LAN side of things and more secure is the most important plus you might overwhelm the wireless connection if 20 users all decide to access the server at once smile.gif
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Wifi has a bit higher latency and is just not as robust as a solid wired connection

And yes, there is massive amounts of documentation on CentOs.
Edited by ZFedora - 3/25/12 at 12:18am
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The specs look good. For the OS, I suggest going the Debian route since getting help is really easy and the stable release is rock solid. If you are used to the RHEL way of doing things, then CentOS would be perfect for you. But from my experience, the official CentOS repositories rarely contain everything you need, whereas the debian repo is enormous.
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Everything I've needed while using CentOS I've been able to find in yum aside from java and mumble and various game server software.
 
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post #10 of 26
If this is going to be a server your fathers company relies on, DO NOT USE WIRELESS!! Essential services should always be hardwired.

As for OS, you can go either way. For ease of use however, you may want to look at a mail product called hmailserver. Works very well to give smtp, pop, and imap with very easy setup. It is a windows base app, but it's very robust, and I've read of people using this with over 1000 users, and this is a free product. What is your website language going to be(html, php, asp)? You can get php on windows. Normally I would agree with all the suggestions for linux based server, however, for ease of setup, windows will provide a quicker solution. Is your website going to need to be secured, or have users logging in(? If so you may need a SSL cert, not only for the site, but also for the mail server. Is the server going to be behind a router with a private address, or will it be public? Where will the server be hosted? You may want to consider colocation. It can be very cost effective, and then you can blame someone else if the power or internet goes out. Why are you putting a 1tb drive on this system, will it also be a file store? If it's going to be in the office, why not make it windows and have the server be the DC for sign-in? All of these are questions that need to be answered.
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