What are the bare minimum requirements for self-hosting a windows web server capable of IIS7 for deploying ASP.NET and SQL Server websites and applications.
I would be using this server for storing a product table in a database and other small stuff like that. Not for storing customer info either, so it would really just be serving the website the product catalog table from one database. Considering the fact that I don't even have that many products, and at the most I would have only a couple thousand perhaps. But that would be a while from now anyway.
I mean, should I get a certain CPU, or is a low-cost i3 or i5 ok? Do I need i7? Does a CPU in a server determine how fast the data is served to a client requesting my catalog webpage?
Also, do I need Windows Server 2008 to do this? I know it would require Windows 7, or at least I would want it to, but do I need a Server version of windows to efficiently serve my database? I just realized though, that I'm able to download Windows Server 2008 RC2 from Dreamspark! w00t! xD