ServerWatch Reader Favorites

ServerWatch has long provided useful, hands-on information. In the rapidly changing world of technology, few articles stand the test of time. Those that do, however, are worthy of returning to the home page. Here are some oldies but goodies that readers consistently return to.

Re-evaluating Your Recession-Proofed Data Center

With the recession officially over, many enterprises are ready to invest in their data centers once again. Caution is still in order, however, so assessing and deciding where to invest that slightly increased budget remains critical.

Surviving the Technical Interview

SWatch Reader Favorite! It seems there is no quicker way to strike terror in the heart of an IT professional (or aspiring IT pro) than to speak those ominous words: 'First, you'll need to pass a technical interview.'

Reining in Bandwidth With Squid Proxying

SWatch Reader Favorite! Network hogs gobbling too much bandwidth? Consider throttling them with the squid caching proxy.

Integrating Tomcat with Apache

SWatch Reader Favorite! Looking to add Java functionality to your Apache Web server? The tool of choice from the Apache Foundation is the Tomcat Java server. Learn how to install and configure Tomcat to work with your Apache server.

Apache Server Performance Optimization

SWatch Reader Favorite: Squeezing the most performance out of your Apache server can make difference in how your Web site functions and the impression it makes. We look at configuration and installation, two areas where you have the most control.

Deploying Windows XP, Using the Windows PE

SWatch Reader Favorite! Life is filled with challenges for a sys admin rolling out a large-scale operating system install. Windows Preinstallation Environment, a stripped-down version of the OS designed specifically for deployment, simplifies the process.

Database Normalization

SWatch Reader Favorite! A poor database design can cripple an application, producing problems with data redundancy, accuracy, consistency and concurrency. Normalization reduces, if not eliminates, these problems.

IIS 6.0 on Win 2003: Installing, Assigning, Removing Server Roles

SWatch Reader Favorite! Learn how to install IIS 6.0 using the 'Manage Your Server' wizard as well as how to set the Application Server role on the system.

Active Directory Tutorial, A Quick Start Set Up Guide

With this Active Directory tutorial, find out how to get your servers up and running, and at the same time ensure your network systems retain proper Internet access.

IIS vs. Apache, Looking Beyond the Rhetoric

SWatch Reader Favorite! IIS and Apache are the two most widely deployed Web servers. Not surprisingly, each has a loyal and vehement following. This tutorial goes beyond the noise to compare execution environments, dynamic components, security and authentication, performance, and reliability.

Configuring Apache 2.0 as a Forward Proxy Server

SWatch Reader Favorite! A forward proxy server provides Internet access for any number of clients via a single server. Learn how to configure your Apache server to accomplish these tasks and reap the benefits.

Enabling WebDAV on Apache

SWatch Reader Favorite! WebDAV is turning into an important tool on Apache-based servers. Learn how to enable WebDAV on your Apache server and offer services like Apple's iCal to your users.