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I have a small machine shop that I am setting up with a server.   It will be accessed by 4 computers internally and possibly 2 external (VPN).   I am going to use MS Server Standard SP1 2008 R2.   I just want to confirm that it should be ok to use server as an application server as well as a file server and is there anything I need to do with sotware and or drives to set this up?   It may be utilizing SQL server, but not sure about that yet.
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That version will be fine for applications and file sharing combined. It's a good idea to ensure you're running on a multi-core CPU with plenty of memory. And it can be useful to use Hyper-V to virtualize your actual running server. Virtualization make it trivial to migrate to another server in the future if your needs should increase, and you can run multiple Windows Server 2008 instances under Hyper-V if you need tighter workload performance management between applications and data. But with your small number of users, a single server will be fine initially.

I really like the Dell R710 and R510 rack mount servers; they're very cost effective and you can install them in a half-height rack costing about $600 that provides noise reduction and makes a convenient place to professionally mount your switches, external devices, and other gear in a self-contained installation.
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Thanks.   I am planning on a Xeon processor with 4 Gb RAM.   Do I really need redundant power supplies on a server?   and how do I install Hyper-V?
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Thanks for the confidence to proceed
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I know this is a little late, but here's the info out redundant power supplies.  It is a good idea to have them, since these are the most common cause of failure in servers. Without redundant power supplies you will be down until you can replace a failed unit.  With them you won't have any downtime at all: just swap the failed supply with a good one while everything keeps running.  

There are many good tutorials for installing Hyper-V. My favorite source is windowsITpro.com. Just search on hyper-v and you'll find loads of helpful articles.
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