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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by redcash, Feb 13, 2007.

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  1. redcash

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    I work for a small business doing minor computer repairs and updates. They now need a server for their network. It does not have to be anything to special. Is this a lot harder than building a PC? I need to know if I should outsource the job.
     
  2. VAComputerSvcs

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    It depends. I suggest that you can build it, but you need to find out their needs. What do they want to do with it, a web server, file server, backups, central information, etc?

    If you do build it, make it a RAID array. ;)
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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    What are the requirements for the server?
    How many users?
    How much is cost an issue?
     
  4. redcash

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    The server is needed for about 10 people. It is needed to share progams. Cost is a very large issue.
     
  5. telegramsam

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    10 people to do what? Is it going to be a web server/remote access as well?

    All of the questions asked above are critical to determining what operating system and hardware go into this thing.
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    10 or under simultaneous computer connections and you could use something like XP Pro. This is if you need the server for basic file storage.

    Over that number and you would need a server OS.
     
  7. redcash

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    The server is needed to share common software, such as quicken, Peachtree, and some custom programs. The office does not have the connection speed for a web server.
     
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    You don't really need a "server". You can use a workstation with server software installed on it to do what you want. It has to have a beefy processor and RAM that's all. You'll need a network hub and a good professional workstation with server software and you can accomplish what you want to do.
     
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    Unless you use something like Terminal Server, you won't be able to have multiple people accessing the same application at the same time. There's also an issue with licensing. If you have one license for Quicken, only one person can use it at a time. If two people use it simultaneously, you need two licenses and so on.
     
  10. Bob Cerelli

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    You can share common data files but not common programs.
     
  11. DoubleHelix

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    You can share programs with a terminal server.
     
  12. Bob Cerelli

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    Yes, that's a bit different.
     
  13. Bob Cerelli

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    redcash,

    What is your current software set up. For example, typically with Peachtree, you install the server portion and data files on the server. The clients each have the workstation portion installed. This is all part of the same package.
     
  14. redcash

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    peachtree is currently only on one station. It needs to be shared between accounting and purchasing
     
  15. Bob Cerelli

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    Can you give more details on the version you have? For example is it like what I mentioned in the previous post or just a single user version. Hopefully business doing minor computer repairs and updates knows some of this. Do you all need to have access to data at the same time?
     
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