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I have been researching Web Servers for my company and need some feedback on the viability of my selection.

We need a Web Server to:

1)  Manage our (new) DSL internet connection off a Netopia router
2)  Run MSBackOffice's Proxy Server and MS Exchange Server for 12 clients.
3)  Host part of our website using WinNT's IIS (through the DSL) - won't see much traffic initially.
4)  Host a VPN with our Chicago office (one user only).
5)  Receive and Send our company's faxes: about 80 incoming and 80 outgoing a day.  (I would have two 3Com 56K modems installed)

I was thinking of purchasing:
DSL with Netopia router, IBM's Netfinity 3500 M10, MSBackOffice, RightFax.

Does anyone have any advice or help they can provide?  Does this configuration overrate the Web Server's capabilities?  Is this too much to ask?  Should I be looking at another alternative?

Thanks for any input, I will increase points should a great answer present itself.

Also, our MSFrontPage web is getting tiresome to upkeep and is not as dynamic as we want.  I am thinking about DreamWeaver  (any suggestions there?)
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After reading your list of what you are doing with this system, I almost passed out when I saw that you were looking at an IBM Netfinity class machine.  Then I looked up that model and saw that it is one of the starter level machines.  That particular one looks just about perfect for what you want to do, good choice.  The IBM warranty and service along with the general good quility will make it a reliable, excellent value for what you describe.  Just get the single CPU version; you won't need a second, I'm pretty sure (but it's nice to see that you can add one later).  

The only thing to consider would be some more memory on top of the base.  MSbackorifice can be a bit of a beast.  Double the base to 256MB rather than just the stock 128MB.

Other than that, I think you'll be all set.

regards,
magarity
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PS - Just out of curiousity, are you planning on leasing or buying?  That might affect my above answer...
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PPS - you'll have to ask the bit about dreamweaver vs msfrontpage in the internet section; us hardware geeks don't know nothin' 'bout no software...
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Well Magarity,

Thanks so much for your input!  It helps to know that I have agreement on my purchase decision.

I have planned to buy rather than lease.  Although our small company might benefit from a lease option - I rather think of myself as extremely resourceful and have found many uses for outdated equipment.  So I think that this machine can serve in many capacities after its useful life as a webserver.
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OK, good, if you were planning on leasing I would have suggested the 1000 series, since it is not upgradable to a second processor.  With the capacity to add another CPU, the 3500 you have picked out will last years.  In a year and a half or two years when you feel it is getting slower than the latest whatever program can handle, adding another CPU and another memory stick or two will make it a whole new machine at a fractional price.  

I have a dual processor server that started out a single P2-333 with 64MB.  Now that it has two procs and 142MB, it is like a whole new computer but it cost a LOT less.

regards,
magarity
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Thanks Tons!
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