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I currently have a Windows server. I need a Linux server in order to make the website I am working on. How do I do this?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Iain, MadHatter, kasperd, yagmoth555, Ward Mar 6 at 5:15

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That's really vague. Do you want to install and run your own server, or do you want to pay for a hosted solution? – mattdm Dec 3 '10 at 15:52


  1. Get a computer. Get a Linux install disc. Put them together
  2. As 1, but use a virtual machine (such as VirtualBox) instead of a computer
  3. Find an Internet hosting or VM provider and rent the server
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In option 2. The existing Windows server could host a Virtual Linux server. There is also an option 4. Install typical Linux tools (Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl) on the Windows server. – RedGrittyBrick Dec 3 '10 at 16:22
Yes, I thought I implied it in my answer, but it is good to be specific. – Quentin Dec 3 '10 at 16:22
Note that a lot of Linux distro's are now available to run-from-cd which allows you to try out any hardware compatibility issues before you install. NB I'm not suggesting that this is likely to be more of a problem than upgrading MSWindows - actually IME, its a lot easier, and this allows you to find out before you trash your existing OS! – symcbean Dec 3 '10 at 17:15

Is your intent to replace wholesale your existing Windows server software with Linux or are you interested in running a virtual Linux server from within your current Windows system?

If the former, will the server be headless (without a keyboard and display) or will it include a desktop environment?

If the (former) latter, you may be interested in VirtualBox or VMWare Workstation

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I assume you want to move to a Linux server. Which means you need (again, I assume) a domain controller. If this is the case, then you can check out samba which can act as a DC since the 4.x versions (I think). Here's a good tutorial which uses Ubuntu, but can be adapted to other distros as well

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The question is asking about running a website, not about supplying Windows File & Print or network based login systems. Even if it was asking about that, Samba isn't any use until you have a Linux (or other supported) system to run it on. – Quentin Mar 5 at 11:29
The op's question was unclear. Other answers mention other possibilities, I was thinking he needed help moving to Linux from Windows, and might be looking for a way to move most of the other functions of a Windows server onto a Linux box – Aditya Goturu Mar 5 at 12:08

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