Posted on 2004-08-22
Just want to get everyones opinion on best practise for a small busniness network.
We currently have about 20 odd work stations hanging of a windows 2000 domain the work stations are all different hardware and nothing is set up the same. ie different software and setups on all them. there is no such thing as a roaming profile or anything even close.
the server Essentialy a file server and domain is slower than most of the work stations.
we are looking at upgrading our server and setting up all the work stations more uniformly.
The Idea i have is to replace the server with a dual XEON system and get everyone running on terminal services. Replace all the windows work stations with linux (To avoid licsencing costs)
The reasons for doing this are
1) Everyone has roaming profiles - well effectivly
2) easy to administer
3) dual xeon system will allow for some growth
4) Allow people to work from home and see exactly what they have at work.
5) Cost effective due to less lisencing costs.
I have read a few articles on the web (fat vs thin clients) and from what i gather no one really like the terminal services idea because it allows less flexibility. - for us less flexibility and more uniformness is a good thing!
What does everyone else think?
what works? and what doesnt?
Thanks for your input.