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I would like to setup a new dedicated server with the following:

  • Windows Server Standard 2008 64bit Edition
  • Plesk control panel


Anyone know of a thorough tutorial on securing/optimizing a Windows 2008 server (even with Plesk) for a shared hosting environment?

Other ?'s:

Considering Plesk's rip-off pricing, any free and quality alternatives to their products?

  • plesk dr.web antivirus
  • acronis trueimage backup
  • plesk powerpack (I guess $24.99/mo lease isn't too horrible)

Thank you.

PS: I basically want to replicate a Cpanel shared/reseller hosting environment, but with Plesk since Cpanel for Windows is not yet available and been delayed forever.

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closed as too broad by HopelessN00b, Ward, masegaloeh, Tim Brigham, Katherine Villyard Feb 23 at 21:16

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You should write your question better... – nik Jun 20 '09 at 19:01
What do you mean? How do you not comprehend my question? – Clear.Cache Jun 20 '09 at 19:03
I mean, "Who kills and destroys"? Are you really looking for points on securing your Win2008? How does one know that from the question? – nik Jun 20 '09 at 19:04
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Some references,

There is also an Elsevier book: SECURING WINDOWS SERVER 2008

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Cheaper than plesk... what about DotNetPanel?

BTW, i hate panels, i feel that are so useless (unless you are an hosting provider)

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DNP looks very ugly and a bit too bare. Tried the demo. I am using this for web hosting purpose (reselling). – Clear.Cache Jun 20 '09 at 19:59

The Microsoft hosting partner site has the reference secure architecture, you should have been pointed to that when you signed your SPLA agreement. (note that it's almost required to follow that architecture- you'll end up 90% there anyway just by securing 2008 properly). Dotnetpanel is OK if you have just basic needs, plesk is a notch above that with hostingcontroller being the one I've seen with the most flexability and wide range of product support.

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Why do you assume I signed up for their spla??? I never said that, what's with jumping to conclusions? – Clear.Cache Jun 21 '09 at 13:04
I assumed you signed up for SPLA because you said you were doing webhosting, signing up is required to become a windows webhoster. – Jim B Jun 21 '09 at 14:16

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