Diary of A Madman: Setting Up An NT Web Serve
Hank continues his account of the setup of his NT Web server in this second installment.
by Hank Mishkoff
April 28, 1995 (11:10 PM)
installed Windows NT Server! Well, sort of.
The installation procedure itself was ridiculously simple; it really wasn't any more complicated than your average point-and-click installation of your average Windows application program. But there were a few places in the procedure that asked me questions that I didn't quite understand, which made it difficult to feel confident that I was giving sensible answers.
In one place, as I recall all too well, I was told that if I made the wrong choice, I would have to repeat the entire installation procedure. Luckily, that was the only instance quite that dramatic; everywhere else, the procedure indicated that I could change the setup at a later time if I decided I was unhappy with my choice.
I'll provide more detail about the experience--but not tonight, because it's past my bedtime, and I'm getting punchy. Tomorrow, I'll review what I've done so far, figure out what I need to do next, and let you know what I've learned.
April 29, 1995 (08:05 PM)
Having decided that I had not been careful enough in tracking the problems I encountered when I installed Windows NT Server, I decided to do it again, and take better notes this time. So here they are.
Netscape Server Beta
Netscape has announced that they're distributing beta versions of level 1.1 of Communication Server (their low-end web server). Level 1, the current product, runs only under Unix; 1.1 is supposed to run on other platforms, including NT.
I signed up for the beta, but I'm not holding my breath, because Netscape indicated that not everyone who wants to get in on the beta program will be accepted. (Unlike O'Reilly, who give away a web site beta to anyone who has a pulse, I guess Netscape figures that they're in a position to be choosy.) And once I install WebSite (in a day or two, I hope), I'll switch web servers only if it looks like Netscape's product offers something important that WebSite lacks.
A quick and relatively minor note: I went to Computer City this morning and bought an Uninterruptible Power Source. (I always thought that UPS stood for "Uninterruptible Power Supply." Shows what I know.) It's an APC 600; I paid a little extra for the ability to hook up a serial cable so that it can tell NT when it's running out of juice so NT can take appropriate action and shut itself down gracefully. According to the documentation, I'll need to get some additional hardware and/or software to actually implement that feature. But I'd have to experience at least a 30-minute blackout before that even becomes an issue.
The main reason I bought the UPS today is that we're supposed to have electrical storms here in Dallas tomorrow, and I want to be able to work straight through them. I usually shut down my computers as soon as I hear thunder; now I won't have any excuse not to keep working (sigh).
Hank Mishkoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) was unable to make a living playing the blues so, like all failed musicians, he became a computer consultant. He currently runs WebFeats (http://www.webfeats.com/), a web-service provider in Dallas. At the time of this writing, he is about to start a new company named MultiWeb (http://www.multiweb.com/) in an effort to drum up more business so he won't have to take any more guitar lessons