Cooking with Newtek: Introducing the Windows Dedicated/VPS Cookbook

Windows Server Cookbook by Newtek Technology ServicesLike a lot of people I know, especially in the South, I like to talk a big game when it comes to cooking.

Luckily, I’m occasionally able to back my wild claims up, thanks to the Internet and her terabytes of potluck-friendly recipes.  And lets not forget about the Food Network.

The best thing about most recipes, even the not-so-great-ones, is that they usually provide us with a basic groundwork to build upon.  There’s a ton of ways to make a good gumbo, but no matter how we go about doing it, we’ll still need to start with a decent stock and a roux that we mustn’t let burn.

In this same vein, we’ve put together a few recipes that will provide you with the basic groundwork to serve up a web presence on a dedicated or virtual private server.  And when I say a basic groundwork, I mean step-by-step instructions on how to set up the services you might also expect in a shared Windows environment: a website in IIS, DNS, site analytics, email, and FTP access.   The notable differences here from shared hosting being you have full admin access to the box and the entirety of its listed hardware resources to do as you need or see fit.

Now, if you have some experience working with Windows Server and IIS, or if you’re a longtime server admin, our cookbook is probably not going to tell you anything you don’t already know.  But for those of you who might not be all that familiar with IIS7, Windows DNS, Windows Firewall, or SmarterTools products, our cookbook and its nine straight-forward recipes will tell you what you need to know to get up and running quickly.

Recipes include:

  • Creating a website in IIS7
  • Basic DNS setup
  • Creating an FTP user in FileZilla
  • Creating inbound rules in Windows Firewall
  • Testing FTP, firewall rules
  • Installing SmarterStats
  • Running SmarterStats on IIS
  • Installing SmarterMail
  • Running SmarterMail on IIS

The first version of our Cookbook will be available shortly with every dedicated/virtual private server build running Windows 2008/IIS7.   As we continue to build out this effort and receive customer feedback, we’ll keep you posted about updated versions and expanded editions.

Bon Appétit!

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