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    Server newbie for a small business

    Dear All,

    We are looking for some advice on using a server in our business. Our company has 5 employees who would need access to using the server and with the option of going to 10 users in the future.

    The server will be used for general storage and applications. Currently we use paperport for our files and orders so we all work off this, and it is not a huge amount of information as it is generally just documents. We would however like to perform regular back up of the information.

    Can we run paperport and other applications such as outlook express from our server via the office computers and we all log in to have access, is this how it basically works with microsoft server?

    Many thanks,

    James

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Well is it setup as a domain controller? Also what clients are you using you can only add professional OS clients such as Windows NT, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista Business & Windows Vista Ultimate. What OS is your server? Windows Server 2003 SBS?

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Microsoft small business server 2003 R2 is a good solution for this, you can find info here

    Microsoft Small Business Server Home

    Small Biz Server.net

    most versions include 5 cals and you can add cal packs starting from 5 user/device cals.

    You have remote web workplace and have the option of the premium version if you need sql 2005 workgroup and isa 2004.

    Have a good look at the sites I have posted above there is some usefull info there.

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Thanks for the replies,

    As for the OS for the clients they would all be on Vista business, and we don't currently have a server or decided on the OS yet..

    Had a quick read of the links now, cheers, and basically i see that Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium comes with most of the stuff we need, and we can just use the server to hold the store files of our various programs like paperport and use remotely / backup which are our main concerns.

    Next is the hardware, looking to spend no more than £2000 for the server and small business server. What type / brand could you recommend, is dell any good?

    Thanks,
    James

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Yes dell are ok and are affordable

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Are you also aware that you might have trouble with getting certificates to work with Windows Vista on Windows Server 2003, have you considered windows XP for clients?

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Dell, HP, IBM Fujitsu, etc. Basically any big name brand will be fine.

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    I have 2 IBM rack mount servers for £100 each all you will need to do is get the licences but I think one might have a COA for Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 I’m not sure tho, I will have to check. PM me if your interested I will tell you the exact spec.

    PS: They have lots of space for hard drive so might be good for storage as well.

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Just ordered 5 new Vista desktops so at the moment i think that will have to do unfortunately, thanks for the offers also but i think the owner may want to go with new most likely, PM me the model / spec etc though

    The attachment is one that i just priced up from dell, anything else that we would have to get such as back up software etc..?

    James
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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    You can use windows backup for what you want. You know can downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP for free and then upgrade when your ready. I know you can do this with Volume Licence, I’m not sure with OEM. Can anyone put some light on the subject?

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester
    You know can downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP for free and then upgrade when your ready. I know you can do this with Volume Licence, I’m not sure with OEM. Can anyone put some light on the subject?
    Vista Business/Ultimate OEM are ok to downgrade to XP Pro.

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    Thought so wasn't 100% sure, what do you do about the keys if your not on Volume Licence? I guess you telephone Microsoft.

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    You havent spec'ed in a device to carry your backup. are you planning on doing backups to CD? i would suggest thinking about either DVDRW or tape solution.

    Or did you spec this up and i completely missed it!

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    I would backup on an External hard drive because with a DVDRW you are limited on space.

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    Re: Server newbie for a small business

    OK the downgrade is handy.. may do that

    No, i just realised that looking at the extra options on the last page.. also there are options which i missed out that i think would be needed, Dell Remote Access Card & network card. A dvdrw drive is included so we may just use that and upgrade at a later date. We have external hardrives so that could also be used like you say

    Think that setup would do nicely. How easy is it to install and setup? never setup a server but am pretty computer literate, is it guided like most hardware?

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