Sever 2003 help needed

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darkside107

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We are small school with appox 20 computers linked to sever computer running sever 2003.
Teach guy tells us we can't have file sharing printer sharing as sever is not big enough.
All we need to to is log in - have an individual folder which can be accessed from any machine and same for printer access. Internet access too.
At the moment he has to set individual access on each computer. I have worked with much better set ups even on a small scale like this but don't have server knowledge to argue. PLEASE HELP US!
What are system requirements for this to work?
How can it be done simply?
 

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This is interesting, and I'd really like to give your tech person the benefit of the doubt.

A legitimate reason he might say no is if there are already applications running on the server (scheduling? Grading? Enrollment?) that could be impacted by adding the roles of general file server and/or print server. Or perhaps the hard drive just doesn't have available capacity, and he has no budget to purchase a larger one for your purpose.

You are correct that from a theoretical standpoint what you're asking for is exactly what a local server can and should be doing for you. So there's something missing from the equation. Rather than trying to "talk tech" to him, just ask him to explain in simple terms what prevents this from being doable.

Oh, and pass the answer back here please. I'm just curious.
 

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Thanks for your advice.
I have asked in plain english and have been told the hard drive is not big enough. However, there are no other programs running on the server except sever 2003. All the computer are brand new hp's.
So does any one know how bog the hard drive has to be?
 

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Officially, Windows Server 2003 requires approximately 3 gigabytes of hard disc space to install and run.

What is the server used for, if there are no other programs running on it, and it's not a file or print server? Just user authentication?
 

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It is just to be used as a file and print server. Nothing else runs on it except the wired and wireless network. It has approx 40 GB free hard disk space. There are about 20 members of staff. This could run to about 100 in the future. Is there enough space for this?
 

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In the scheme of things 40 gb available isn't a whole lot. But it should be enough to get started with 20 staff members - of course the amount of data they store on the server would have to be monitored and controlled (easily done in Win 2003 Server). I've done more with less.

Without more information about the environment and server, It kinda sounds like he just doesn't want to be bothered. :-( Is your tech guy a contractor, or just one of the teachers?
 

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The tech guy is a part time employee to look after all the computer equipment. However he is a software designer by training not a network engineer.
Thanks for all your help advice. You have really confirmed what I thought and new.
 
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