I use Windows XP but have always hosted on Unix servers.
Does anyone know if its possible to have shared Windows hosting using Windows Server 2003 that would also allow me to also run Windows XP and a few graphics software applications on the server (administered remotely?).
Basically, I need to do some scripted graphics actions with Photoshop or Paintshop Pro. Now I always have to download the images, perform the actions and upload them again. I have that well-automated, but it's putting a strain on my DSL connection because some of the images sizes are fairly large.
I'm hoping there's a way that I can do this, but cut out the steps of downloading/uploading, so that it's all taken care of at the server level. Is something like this even possible?
rover, I don't know for certain but suspect that no shared host would allow this. There's the licensing issue, the stability issue (AFAIK these programs are designed to be operated interactively by users via the desktop, not via scripting calls) and there's the memory issue (how much memory does Photoshop take up?).
To manipulate images on the server you should use a server-side method.
For examples, e.g. if you want to resize your images, search WebmasterWorld for past threads on image resizing via php [google.com] or via asp [google.com].