Solved

Setting up a new server for use in small office

Posted on 2004-04-07
4
202 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Currently our small office (15 computers) is on a peer to peer network, each assigned its own IP address.  We use a series of hubs and wireless access points to connect everyone together since they are spread out. Every machine is running Windows XP Pro and at least Office 2002.  

We have one machine that is strictly a "backup" machine.  In other words, we all back up to this one machine that is on our Peer to Peer.  

At this point, we want to do two things primarily:

1)  Put Outlook 2003 on a server so that everyone can look at the same Master Calendar for events and upcoming appointments

2)  Have a central place to store our backup files


#2 we are already doing with the "backup" machine.  

What I'm wondering is if I can purchase Microsoft Server 2003, install that as the operating system on our "backup" machine, and use that machine as the server to accomplish both primary objectives?

Will we need to purchase additional software in addition to MS Server 2003?  

Are there any other things I should know before we proceed?

Scooter
0
Comment
Question by:scoobrtdoo
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
JamesDS earned 250 total points
ID: 10781514
scoobrtdoo

If you want a central calendar you will need Exchange Server (2000 or 2003)
I suggest you look into buying MS Small Business Server 2003 which comes with everything you need

I also recommand you buy a backup tape device for your server. DLT is currently an excellent buy with adequate capacity, reasonable tape costs and excellent reliability
Cheers

JamesDS
0
 

Author Comment

by:scoobrtdoo
ID: 10785085
James,

Thanks for the help but I need help with the other two parts of my question.

#1 - Can I use any machine as a server as long as it meets the minimum requirements or do I need a special machine built just to be a server?

#2 - Is there there software I'll need to buy?  I notice that when looking at the MS Small Business Server 2003 I'll need to buy licenses.  Is there anything else I'll need to know?

Scooter
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:JamesDS
ID: 10785725
scoobrtdoo

1. Any machine can be a server, but "real" server have additional features like remote management and hardware monitoring - not essential in a small business

2. I suggest you subscribe to the Microsoft Action Pack (MAPS), which offers VERY cheap software and licenses for far less than retail and fully legal as long as you continue the subscription. See http://members.microsoft.com/partner/salesmarketing/partnermarket/actionpack/default.aspx

For backup you CAN use the NTBACKUP tool, but if you want a better class of tool, use Veritas Backup Exec. If you join their partner program they will send you FREE licenses and media for use in house. Start at http://www.veritas.com/partner/BecomeAPartnerDetail.jhtml?partnercategoryId=8007

That pretty much covers it although I think MAPS only comes with 5 (or maybe 10)  SBS2003 licenses so you'll need another 5 or 10. License packs for SBS2003 occasionally turnup on eBay for knock down prices, or you can buy them retail.

Cheers

JamesDS
0
 

Author Comment

by:scoobrtdoo
ID: 10786077
Thanks, James.  

You've been a great help.

Scooter
0

Featured Post

Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

Join & Write a Comment

Many of us need to configure DHCP server(s) in their environment. We can do that simply via DHCP console on server or using MMC snap-in on each computer with Administrative Tools installed in a network. But what if we have to configure many DHCP ser…
On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will become End of Support, leaving hundreds of thousands of servers around the world that still run this 12 year old operating system vulnerable and potentially out of compliance in many organisations around t…
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com), you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…
In this seventh video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFfonts utility, which lists all the fonts used in a PDF file. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable for use in programs, scripts, batch files — any pl…

705 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now