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I have a scenario like this.

i have lot of space to store data but I dont have the super user permission to install a server. So I am thinking of buying a server space and install a apache server and store the files in my local server. I do not know how I can do this. Can anybody give me some direction.I am using linux OS.

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Even budget hosts will give you a 250GB or bigger hard drive with a dedicated server... is that not enough space to store the files on the web server? –  Dan Grossman Jul 17 '11 at 5:17
    
I am a student and I cannot get the root permissions on the university servers and the dedicated servers too are costly. –  vinay Jul 17 '11 at 13:58
    
Why did you write "I am thinking of buying..." if you can't afford to buy one? –  Dan Grossman Jul 17 '11 at 16:47
    
I was saying about web hosting service not a dedicated server –  vinay Jul 17 '11 at 17:18
    
How would the web host access the files on your local server to use them? –  Dan Grossman Jul 17 '11 at 19:09
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You could do all sorts of things, including proxying, but the professional solution to the problem of "I don't have permission to install a server" is "get permission". Make a business case for why the server and/or storage space is necessary, and take it to the people who make the decisions. Deploying a deeply sub-optimal solution isn't the way to solve your problem.

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As I am a student they will not give root permissions to the university servers –  vinay Jul 17 '11 at 14:00
    
So this isn't related to the "manage[ment] or maintain[ance of] computers in a professional capacity"? Then it's not appropriate for this site. –  womble Jul 17 '11 at 22:51
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