I challenged Dennis Chung (my counterpart in the security bytes video, and one of the smartest guys I know when it comes to IT) recently to see what kind of usage scenarios we could use Windows Server 2008 Core. For those of you who are unaware of what Server Core is, it is an installation type for Windows Server 2008 that provides a minimal environment for running specific tasks. Having a minimal environment means a reduce maintenance, reduced management, reduced attack surface and less disk space required.
We decided to focus on the web app environment specifically looking at applications built using PHP and MySQL, so we picked on WordPress which is considered one of the more popular PHP applications. In case you weren't aware, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 (via a download) supports a technology called FastCGI the explanation can be found here http://www.iis.net/default.aspx?tabid=1000051, but essentially it enables application frameworks like PHP to be run on IIS in a performant and reliable way.
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