Small Network... do I need a full-blown server?
Posted on 2007-04-11
We are a small business that currently has 1 parttime and 4 fulltime users on a network. We are currently using one of the user's computer as a server. We are looking at purchasing a computer to be dedicated as a server.
Do you think it is necessary for us to go out and purchase a full-blown server such as a Dell PowerEdge server? Would we need a RAID system?
Finally can I just go with Windows XP Pro or should I get a copy of Windows Server? If so Pro or Standard?
We are looking for an economical solution and I was looking at just a Dell Optiplex with a good motherboard and fast hard-drive.
We will also have a good network backup system in place.