Optimal configuration for Windows 2003 server
Posted on 2007-04-07
I have been contracted to create a domain for a small non-profit organization using windows 2003 server standard edition. beside the main location (HQ) there are four remote sites that all would need to access data on the server.
1. I have purchased the following equipment for the job:
WD WorldBook Edition II (1 TB) with remote file access for the remote offices so that i could avoid creating a vpn and placing a load on the server.
2. I have a 24 port switch "mostly for the 18 users in HQ
3. 4 port Linksys VPN router X 5 "1 for each location
4. High bandwidth DSL
My question is this as I am predominantly a Linux enthusiast, once I have installed the server OS which of the mini servers should I install? Based on my understanding, I was only going to install and configure:
File & Printer server
Domain Server (active directory)
I know for a fact that I will not need the Web server, DHCP server.
I am not certain about the DNS server
What configuration would be optimal to allow in performance while allowing access to remote users?
Oh yea the server is a Dell SC 420, 1 GB Ram, Raid 1 70 GB HDD, dual 1 gig nics