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I'm looking for an easy and cheap Windows Server / IIS / SQL solution. I just want to be able to deploy my application on a test machine. This is not for production.
First I looked at Azure and other hosting services. When you are requesting for a Windows Server with IIS and SQL it's too expensive. They offer a lot of services I don't need.
I'm now looking to build my own server at home. I already have a Synology but I cannot install IIS or a virtual machine on the Synology. I think I'll have to buy a new PC. I'm thinking of something like the Asus eeeBox but I'm not sure the eebox can run IIS or windows server.
What is the best solution? Virtual machine, hosting, Azure, new PC?
You should also differentiate if you need to access computers in a different network or in the same network (which may be a virtual private network also). In the latter case, some kind of VNC might do.
Commercial alternatives usually offer more possibilities and thus might be worth their money!