If you are going to run web workloads, you'd be remiss not to evaluate Windows Server 2008 and IIS7. In fact, Windows Server 2008 includes a Core installation option that is an excellent platform for a variety of computing workloads. One thing you might not have thought about is using open source software on our platform. Well think again.
In this screencast series, I'll show you how to take advantage of Internet Information Server 7 as a premier platform for some popular products including PHP, MySQL and WordPress. Now you might be thinking I've gone off the deep end. No worries, I'm still sane (at this moment in time). If you are going to run those products, we'd rather have you run them on Windows than Linux or UNIX.
We don't really go into hosting provisioning, management and performance but you'll get an idea of how to setup and configure the products. The screencasts were recorded using Windows Server 2008 Core. I plan to record a similar screencast series in the next day or so on Windows Vista to give you an idea of how a developer workstation could be configured with open source software. I hope you enjoy both. It's always funny to listen to yourself after the fact when I record these things. Sometimes I sound like such a Texas hick from the sticks. Oh well, it's me. I'll try and work on my grammar pardner.
For this screencast series I decided to go through a brief description of each section and then I provided links to all of the videos later in the post. I have also provided links to the non-streaming versions of the videos in case you want to download them and watch them offline.