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Installation Cost of Windows Operating System on WorkGroup Server

What is the approximate cost of installing a Windows Operating System on a work-group server (file & Print and/or networking server).  If possible, I would also like to know the approximate time it takes to install an operating system on a work group server.  

I understand there are many variables, but a baseline estimate would be greatly appreciated.
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TristanIT ManagerCommented:
If it's just a stand alone server (no domain) then you can allow yourself 1 hour to get the box unpacked, cabled up, and physically rack mounted.

If you are doing hardware RAID initialising the Arrays can sometimes take up to an hour depending on the size and method of initialisation you use.

An hour for Operating System installation if you have all the drivers on hand and ready.

Stand alone user setup can take about an hour or so for thirty users based on a manual process.

Printing is quick depending on how many printers you have and if you have the drivers ready.

File services can be a pain in the ass if they have a large amount of data to be copied on  to the server; can take a long time.

Add the hours up and multiply by your favorite hourly rate and bingo.



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nnasirAuthor Commented:
And what would you suggest is the "favorite" or average hourly rate?
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aleghartCommented:
$50-60/hr for friends and family.
$75-120/hr plus travel time, depending on the level of support needed.
If you tally up a day rate, charge (1 x day rate)  instead of (6 x hourly rate).

Rates vary per client because some clients will pay for all reasonable time spent solving their problems (thus a lower rate).

Higher rates are charged to clients who want to only pay for one hour of time, even though it takes 3 hours due to their delays, unrelated problems, late arrival, lockouts, slow/infected computers, slow network, etc.
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aleghartCommented:
^ Those are free-lance rates, BTW.
Service contracts with support providers may provide a project quotation.
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TristanIT ManagerCommented:
You're in Eastern Standard Time so you must be on the eastern seaboard of Australia.

I would be a little suspicous of anyone charging less than $100 an hour for this kind of service.

I would suggest $150 an hour for server setup.

Better to get it done right the first time.





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TristanIT ManagerCommented:
I would like to suggest 22630785.
Cheers
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