One of the main problems of micro business (<9 people) is the lack of resources and its organisational structure. Even a SBS 2003, let alone 2008 will be over specified for such organisation, so I am implementing a workgroup with a Windows XP Pro as the server, although I am thinking of installing a Windows Home Server. This is a real challenge for me since I come from a very large institution where I had a Windows 2003 server domain, so I am getting used to the restrictions of the P2P network.
Anyway, I was wondering whether someone knew of a solution for sharing a common shared calendar using Oulook. All the client machines (7) are using Office 2007 and so is the server. All the machines will be using their own local Outlook and since I don't have an Exchange server, it will be configured using POP3 or IMAP (still need to think about it).
Shared files and printers will be very easy since the server will have a local account in the server and simple file sharing disabled.
Now I was wondering whether I could get some help/ideas in the following order of importance:
1) could I get a general outlook calendar in the server (windows XP Pro) so everybody can read/right in the shared calendar. Remember I don't have an Exchange.
2) Is there a way I can automatically deploy software within a Workgroup. I don't want to install seven times Office 2007 so perhaps I could do this remotely from the server connecting to the client machines somehow?
3) How can I monitor Internet usage (web browsing) from the employees in such infrastructure without using a expensive system such as Websense or a proxy server?
Thank you all,