Need please on new server and vpn setup for small (12 person) business
Posted on 2008-10-16
Currently we have 12 users with Win XP connected to one Dell Poweredge server running windows server 2000. We use a hosted exchange solution, so no in-house exchange server. We need to solve two problems, and I'm looking for suggestions.
1) We need remote access to our files - I've considered VPN appliances and/or a GoToMyPC solution, but haven't determined which is better/safer for our purposes. My concern here is that I have little control over the security of the machines people use from home.
2) Our server is 6 years old, and the boss feels like he'd rather upgrade now than have it die. I think it probably has more life in it (we replaced all the hd's in the raid two years ago), but hey, why argue? Newer version of MS Server has built-in VPN capability (right? how safe?), and will let us bring Exchange in house (do I want that???).
We'll certainly get help with purchase and setup from a consultant, but I like to understand what my options are before I take the advice of the guy selling the stuff. I'm open to ideas ranging from using GoToMyPC and leaving the server alone, to buying a new server, server OS, new VPN appliance, etc. If I should add a server but still repurpose the one we have, say so. Any food for thought welcome.