Okay, I'll try this again, and be quicker about it this time. I hate timeouts/connection refused messages!!!
I have a secondary box (h/w config to follow) that I want to set up as a file server AND a web development server. I would like to run a database as well, to help with web app development. I don't really care about a GUI on the server, but I would like to access the essential functions (start/stop/move files/etc.) from a browser.
I want to run SAMBA for the file server, since this is a mixed-breed network and I know Win2k and Linux will both talk to Samba.
I'm planning on running Apache for a web server, basically because it's free and I know people who will help me out with it if I'm in a big bind. Plus, it will allow me to integrate Tomcat into the mix so I can serve up JSPs and hopefully some other server-side functionality.
I am planning on doing the actually coding/development on my primary box - a dual-boot Win2k/RH8/??? system. It will be getting another OS/distro, soon.
My basic question is for opinions -
is it a good idea to do this all on one box? Why or why not?
is this too much for a relative n00b to take on? I have experience in programming, but nothing in setting up and administering web-servers/app-servers/dbs.
I have a tertiary box available, which I plan to use for learning FreeBSD. What, if any of this, should I put on that box? I don't have the specs on that box right now, and I'm not going to experience another timeout (and lose all of this again) to get them. Just assume it will run.
h/w specs for secondary PC:
MPU = PII-350MHz
mobo = Microstar MS6119 v.2.1
RAM = 128MB
BIOS = AMIBIOS (Award Modular) v.4.51PG
video card = Diamond Stealth 86C326
NIC = D-Link DFE-538 TX
hda = Western Digital WD 102 AA (10GB)
hdb = IBM DHEA-38451 (8GB)
CDROM = Lite-on LTN-301
running a PS/2 mouse and keyboard along with a Relisys 995 monitor.