Get Started with Windows-based Hosting
Here are some ways to begin planning and preparing for deployment of the Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting version 4.5 .
Learn About Solution Components
To get familiar with the components that make up the solution, see these topics:
Hosted Infrastructure Components — Review the technologies used for management, administration, and monitoring of a Windows-based Hosting environment.
Hosted Services — Review the types of services and business applications you can offer customers in a Windows-based Hosting environment.
See How the Solution Fits Common Hosting Scenarios
To see how the solution can apply to different types of Web and application hosting operations, select a scenario that best matches your business:
Discount Dedicated Hosting — This low-cost dedicated server offer has few or no value-added services.
Managed Dedicated Hosting — The dedicated server offer includes such services as backup and recovery, monitoring, and reporting.
Shared Web Hosting — This Web hosting offer applies where multiple customers share services on a single server in your hosting environment.
Application Hosting — Learn about the Windows-based Hosting solution designed to help independent software vendor (ISV) and service providers deploy applications as a hosted service.
Begin Deploying the Solution
To learn about deployment of a full Windows-based Hosting solution that uses centralized management, see Deployment Walkthrough.
Upgrade from a Previous Version of the Solution
If you have already installed a previous version of the Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting , you can find information about upgrading in Upgrade to Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting version 4.0.
Talk With Experts About the Solution
— Windows Hosting Discussions is a community Web site that provides a valuable resource for answers to your technical hosting issues, including issues involving the Microsoft Provisioning System (MPS). You can post questions at the site that draw responses from such knowledgeable sources as system integrators, Microsoft technical support staff, and other service providers.
The Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) — Learn about the Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA), which enables ISVs and service providers that host services to license Microsoft products on a monthly basis.
Microsoft Service Providers Web site — Check out the Microsoft Web site dedicated to service providers. You can find more information there about this and other Windows-based Hosting solutions.