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    Creating a Webserver step-by-step

    So here's my problem:

    I have an old computer (OS Windows 2000) which I have to turn into a webserver running Moodle and a website I'm going to create from scratch.

    I need that server running at the maximum speed possible ASAP.

    So I though about asking you about how to do it since I've got no idea of what system to use (it doesn't need to have a GUI. It can be text based if it improves speed) and how to install the software (I've never used ubuntu before).

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    Re: Creating a Webserver step-by-step

    You got a pretty stiff learning curve ahead of you. Hopefully you've got at least a couple of weeks before the server needs to be up and running.

    Have look at this page for a web server howto.

    For a moodle setup how to have a look at this page.

    The web server set up page, is a bit dated, but all the information is still valid.

    Before setting up your server, it probably would be a good idea to learn a few Linux basics, which you can do here
    Last edited by cariboo; October 13th, 2012 at 12:10 AM.

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    When setting up the web server in preparation for Moodle, it will be essential to also enable and use HTTPS. A self-signed certificate will be sufficient. There are lots of tutorials and howtos for Apache2, but here is one to get you on the path:

    http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/349

    It's important that Moodle use HTTPS otherwise the students will be able to get the staff passwords and have more fun than should be allowed.
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    Re: Creating a Webserver step-by-step

    Quote Originally Posted by prostudent View Post
    I have an old computer (OS Windows 2000) which I have to turn into a webserver running Moodle and a website I'm going to create from scratch.

    I need that server running at the maximum speed possible ASAP. ...
    For quick deployment you may want to use a TurnkeyLinux prebuilt appliance. They have one for Moodle!

    Yes, running a CLI only will reduce the necessary RAM.
    Nothing is ever easy, but if it is difficult you must be doing it wrong.

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