Need a little help with setting up a Web Server...
In a couple of months from now, I hope to be setting up a web server/site for the company I work for. On the hardware side, it will just be a single standalone PC connected on a 256kb/s line to my ISP. The software will be NT Server v4 and IIS v4. The server will be running a web server, an ftp server(s) and a smtp server (the later being the one that comes with the NT Server Option Pack) - okay, I'm tempted by Linux but I don't think I'd feel as confident with the setup as I do with NT. As the smpt server doesn't provide any POP3 capabilities, remote users with e-mail accounts will be able to view their email via their web browser.
There a couple of areas that I'm unsure about and any help would be very welcome!
a) should I be asking my ISP for a single IP address for the site, or do I need a range of addresses? ...if all the servers (www, email, ftp) are situated on the single PC, does that mean that they will all map back to a single IP address?
b) my ISP offers Primary DNS hosting - how easy would it be for me to run my own DNS server? ...do I even *need* to run my own DNS server if everything is being handled on the single PC? ...how do I go about setting it up so that if the domain was abc.com, the e-mail will be firstname.lastname@example.org, web site is www.abc.com, ftp is ftp.abc.com, mail server is smtp.abc.com - or are all these the defaults anyway?
c) the site will need to eventually handle credit card payments in some form or another - probably using micro-payments - does anyone recommend any of the third party solutions - cyberCash, BT Micro Array, etc?
...I guess that's all the questions that I can think of ;-)
If anyone can offer any advice, then I'd be forever in their debt!
Yeah - I'm a big fan of Linux, but at the end of the day you need to be a Linux Guru to make it run properly ;-) !!! I've worked with NT for a few years now, so I'll comfortable running a web server under it - there just a few areas that I'm not so sure about...
...the good news is that I've finally managed to get MS DNS Server up and running correctly today - I can see why people can write whole books about setting up a DNS server now! So, I've kinda answered my first two questions now - but all advice is still good advice in my opinion.