I was recently asked to help a fledgling small office with some IT issues. It turns out that their small office server is dell power edge that is leaning against the wall of a dusty closet. Their network switch is also propped up against the power edge. They did put a UPS along side the server and and switch. The closet is too small to put any of this equipment onto a rack. The closet is only 20" deep. The office staff are are not IT savvy and they would prefer not to have any servers in the office if at possible. (Mostly because the servers get the way of their coats and boots.)
This Power Edge Server runs Windows Server 2003 has 3 functions:
Active directory credential management
FileMaker License Server
My question to the Experts is the following: Is it possible to migrate this server and all its functionality on to a cloud such as Amazon EC2? If so, How?
How can you attach and configure an EC2 cloud machine in order to make it appear to be a local server?
Their ISP is CenturyLink but they do not know what small business package or features they have. They are willing to adjust their package if needed. What needs to be configured at CenturyLink to make this work?
Any advice is appreciated?