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I purchased a dedicated server a few months ago, and based off the advice of the only person I knew with any knowledge of servers, chose a windows based server. We came to this conclusion as we have both done a couple of Windows Server qualifications, unfortunately I can't really remember any of it.

Unfortunately, neither of us have much experience of windows as a webhost, so it's been giving us a lot of grief with permissions and poor rewrite rules and generally sucking just as much as windows always does.

Through my web hosting companies control panel, I can change the operating system. I would like to change it to Ubuntu, as it's the Linux distro. we're most familiar with.

Currently, everything is managed through plesk with IIS. How can I keep all of the information and reinstall plesk and generally not screw this all up? I'm seriously lost, I'm just web developer just trying to learn...

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition 64 bit Parallels Plesk Panel

If you need any more information I'll give everything I can.

Thanks in advance.

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The answer is simple: do nothing and forward a request to your web farm.

This days all the webspace that you can buy is virtualized, it's a virtual machine, your Windows or Linux OS is just a backend, ask them for a conversion or ask them how to do what you want to do.

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Unfortunately, as I don't really have that much money to pour into this, it's unmanaged hosting, when I emailed them to ask, I basically got told to do it myself, and where on the admin panel I could change it from. –  Robin Neal Dec 28 '12 at 15:55
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