JonB wrote:A couple questions:
A - Were MySQL, Apache, WAMP or XAMPP ever previously installed on this machine? (Either standalone or as part of a package)
B - Is IIS disabled?
JonB wrote:You didn't say what version of Windows Server
In 'most' installs of Server 2003, IIS in installed and usually running. (its used for Remote Administration as well as publishing Web Sites).
On Server 2008, it depends on the 'Server Roles' activated. If Application Server or Web Server (among others) is/are an active Role, IIS is running.
Look in Windows Management Console, Service and Applications or Look on your Desktop for IIS or Web Publishing Service Icon. No matter what the situation, XAMPP, Apache, MySQL, IIS or whatever - they are all Services (that why they call them Servers). In Services the IIS component is known as World Wide Web Publishing Service - see what its status is.
I'm guessing what I just said may as well be in Greek.
I have to ask what may seem an impertinent question, if you don't understand the Windows server technology, and/or are not somewhat trained on it -- why did you/whomever buy it? Its not at all XP or Vista or Windows 7 with a few more pieces, its its own universe. The only thing they have in common is that there is a Desktop and they all come with Internet Explorer installed.
There is one exception to that (its also bad news for this topic) - that you are about to tell me you have Windows Home Server or Small Business Server -- on which, in either case, installing XAMPP wil break your server for its other designed purposes. Windows Home Server and Small Business Servers are integrated Suites which cannot be re-purposed.
If you have Windows Standard Server or Enterprise Server, the 'pieces' (services) are all independent and thus, running XAMPP is very do-able, but you have a good sized learning curve ahead.
It would be nice to have the XAMPP panel working if only because I like things to work - and getting things to work is how you learn
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