A common question that our sales team gets asked a lot: “What platform should I run my AuthAnvil server on?”
Our recommendation is Windows Server 2012. While AuthAnvil fully supports Microsoft server platforms based on Windows Server 2008, Server 2012 and it’s variants win hands down. Not only is it a much more modern operating system, it is far more secure and robust. It also includes IIS 8, which is a stable web platform that is far more flexible and extensible than its predecessor. Most importantly, it includes a couple cool new features, such as the ability to trigger actions based on event log entries.
The other part to this question is whether to run AuthAnvil on physical hardware or virtualized. It will run equally well on either, and has been extensively tested against virtual machines, with many customers running virtual AuthAnvil servers in the field. It all depends on what works best for your infrastructure.
AuthAnvil is designed to be as flexible as possible, even being able to run on a domain controller, or in other single server environments, such as an SBS network. To get the best bang for your buck though, the more modern the operating system, the better.