I have a small business with about 6 computers, will be 10 before long. We currently run on a Windows 2000 server on a peer to peer basis; each machine has MS Office, Outlook, NSW, Antispyware, applications, etc. The server itself is really only used to store data files centrally.
We belong to the MS Action Pack and MSDS programs so MS software is not a problem, I have MS Server 2003, SBS Premium, etc.
My question is when does a company go from Windows Server to SBS? I would like to centralize email and the MS Office applications, however when I look through all the features in SBS I think it probably way too much for us. We don't need advanced features like centralized faxing to clients, we just need to get our work done - there is no one here on a daily basis to fine tune the server software.
Aside from which package is right for us, my other major concern is server virus / spyware protection and ghosting the drive. I will use an internet based backup system, but am looking for a way to Ghost the server HD daily or weekly, Norton I believe has a special Ghost server edition (expensive) - any other options for this? My experience with Windows 2000 Server backup is that it reliably backs up but how does one ever restore? The restore files are such a jumbled mess it seems virtually impossible to find the right one, I won't even consier using it unless it has been drastically revised for 2003.
TIA for suggestions.