Setting up a new server for use in small office
Posted on 2004-04-07
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?