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A5V9 Dedicated Web Server Questions

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  • #16
    Re: A5V9 Dedicated Web Server Questions

    This is a quote directly from the Alpha 5 help file in the FAQ section:

    How many licenses are required for the Application Server?

    The Application Server licenses are sold and installed per-server. We don't limit how may sites or applications you can host on a single server with a single license. It is quite possible to host multiple sites on a single server.

    If you use one server to host multiple web sites, you only need one license.

    If you use one server per web site, such as each store having the server installed locally, you would need one server license for each site.


    • #17
      Re: A5V9 Dedicated Web Server Questions

      Well, that makes sense to me. A bit inconsistent with other posts, but this one makes much more sense to me (for the reasons I outlined baove).

      Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


      • #18
        Re: A5V9 Dedicated Web Server Questions

        Wow. I had no idea I'd create this kind of flurry and interchange with my post. Thanks to all of you who contributed. It's been quite a ride to watch the thoughts develop. I have to offer a special thanks to Donald for pointing us all to the "black and white" on the license subject. That certainly makes it crystal clear.


        • #19
          Re: A5V9 Dedicated Web Server Questions

          Thanks Don for finding that. The interesting problem is that these two or three official descriptions could all be accurate, it depends on definitions. I still believe in the case I described -- some other companies application hosted on my server, even thought I wrote it -- requires a separate license.
          Steve Wood
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          • #20
            Re: A5V9 Dedicated Web Server Questions

            Hello to all,

            I just jumped in and purchased Alpha 5, with the Application Server, Run Time and several other products that were bundled together.

            The license said it was "unlimited" for the Application Server. When something is advertised as unlimited, I would assume that means I could put some project on several different websites, be they hosted by a single hosting company or multiple hosting companies or even locally. Is this a correct evaluation or am I missing something?

            Thanks for the research as mentioned in other posts above.


            • #21
              Re: A5V9 Dedicated Web Server Questions

              Your App Server license is for one single server, unlimited users on that server -- this part is clear, you would not be able to register the server on multiple pieces of hardware; it would physically disallow that through the activation process.
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              • #22
                Re: A5V9 Dedicated Web Server Questions

                But, preparing for webserver implementation, we need to get a SSL certificate, so we need to decide what URL will appear in it.

                I do not think that we can set more that one SSL key in A5, so, I am not an expert but I think the bottleneck is there if we want to set more than one website on the same server. And keep in mind that for the same website, it could be nice to have different niche entry websites, in order to reach a large spectrum of visitors, by a friendly focussed content for Search Engines.

                1) Anybody knows if we can register a SSL with just an IP address, not an domain name?

                Also, it does not sound good to me to go live on th web with a Windows technology. So, I am planning to try the A5 webserver on FreeBSD. Not only it allows to be on a more secure OS, but that OS allows to logically 'partition' the OS to each application.

                Another alternate solution, is to try Virtualization. But if we have different instances of A5 Server on it, I do not know how A5 installer will manage the Computer Name (what is checked for license right). Can we set more than one instance with the same computer name? Or, can we set more than one instance of the server with a different computer name (virtualisation), that is in fact the same hardware server? But A5 Server already starts multiple server threads, so not shure, multiple instances of it would add performance,but it could add flexibility for multiple projects on the same server.

                2) About virtualization, anybody tried it? Any real performance/security gain, or advantage for A5 server?

                3) Anybody using a PCI card implementing hardware fast encryption/decrypt and if A5 can use it?

                4) About FreeBSD, I need to learn the OS before starting my tests and I am not an expert, so, if you are interested by the info, I recently got this answer from answering my request originally for OpenBSD.They produce a Windows emulator for Apple Mac computers (by the way, Max OS is FreeBSD based) :

                "If you're interested in giving it a shot on your OpenBSD system, our FreeBSD builds are ready. Again, we're not really sure how well it will work on OpenBSD (if at all), but our devs think there's a decent chance. If you'd like to try it, all we need you to do is create an account with us. Once created, just login to your account and head to the My Downloads section of your My Account page, and look for the Unsupported Downloads tab. Within you'll find a BSD tab."

                I also found another windows emulator for FreeBSD:

                There is also Wine (a non commercial opensource implementation, not an emulation!!! of Windows for FreeBSD), but maybe it is not fully implemented up to now.

                5) If somebody knows another emulator... or tried a virtualization software
                with A4 server, let us know!

                Last edited by EMHmark7; 05-05-2009, 01:40 PM.