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School Server

Our school is getting a used server in the next couple of weeks.  My question is how to set up and what can I do with it?  Give me a PC with any WIN OS and I do fine with all the details, but have never worked with a server.  Right now things are a mess.  We're doing fundraisers to buy new units, but in the meantime we apparently have two networks running (only need one!) and ALOT of used equipment that was never properly refurbished, i.e., old passwords, old programs I can't get rid of, ridiculous password requirements that also seem stuck, etc.  Help, please!  Where do I start?
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For the SERVER : well the best way is to format the system and if u r comfortable with the windows then install Windows Server 2003 SBS or Enterprise according to ur need. If u like linux then u have many options according to what u r familiar with like Fedora or Suse.

For the old workstations, if u dont need them then just do a fresh install and then everything is fine but if u wanna get rid of only the password issue and wanna keep the old systems stuff then the easy and the most successful way is WinInternals..

Don't install windows. Linux is free and you don't have any licensing issues. CentOs is a free clone of the Redhat enterprise edition.

>>   My question is how to set up and what can I do with it   <<  that depends on the server and it's components.
if it has scusi disks, you have a fast backup system.
If the network devices are hi-speed, you can build a fast network around it.
And basically, you can do everything a normal PC does.
So what u been planning to do with the servers...

u asked a very wide question, and i believe its hard to say anything as no one knows what ur original network has and what u r need in future ...

so give more details about what u r looking for and be specific..

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