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Any reason for NT hosting?

NT hosting versus Linux hosting



8:48 pm on Jan 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I am with a medium sized hosting company, and all of our servers run Red Hat Linux. Although very few have specificall asked for NT hosting, I can see no immediate advantages of NT over Linux. Anyone see things differently on this topic?

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8:50 pm on Jan 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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From what I understand, cold fusion scripting reqires an NT server. I've never found perl lacking for my needs though.


11:36 pm on Jan 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WmW galdwen.

Many people mistakingly assume that to use Front Page extensions they must be on a NT host, that's likely the most frequent reason for wanting NT, next in line is familiarity with VB and ASP.

IMO though, *nix is much more flexible, and there are a huge amount of free resources for both the webmaster and the host, can't say the same for NT. You could always host both though, just keep an NT server set up and see if it is worth the hassle vs. the additional business you get.

2:03 am on Jan 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Speaking from experience - working at an NT hosting company - 98% of the time it would be better to be on something unix.

The one case where I know it's crucial is when I've had dealing with FoxPro developers. These are some amazing database structures in this scenario that need an NT environment. Without looking, I'm not sure about ColdFusion - mivox may very well be right here.

Otherwise, permissions are a nightmare, admin is a huge pain and it is SO expensive.

Air is right. Frontpage can be hosted elsewhere, there are zillions of Perl scripts that can easily be installed on a unix box and your users won't be calling you at all hours asking for you to change the permissions on a certain directory or want to map some ODBC compliant database to your server.

If you are going to offer NT you should really map your costs of operation and admin compared to your Linux boxes. It is surely going to cost you more.

10:45 am on Jan 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I worked at a place for six weeks in 99 that was an NT shop. Although I am not a microsoft supporter, I will say it was quite nice to administer the system (much easier than *nix). I wouldn't use a NT system myself, but I think it is easier to maintain.