Re-Architecting a Small Office Network
Posted on 2012-08-31
HP Compaq Proliant ML110 w/ Server 2000 or 2003.
- hosts Quickbooks company files (usually has 1 remote user .. rarely 2 .. sometimes 1 local user)
- hosts Service 2000 "S2K" networked automotive application
- is used as workstation for S2K and various web-based app's
- file server for the office
5 Windows XP workstations:
- use the S2K app on the server
- some workstations access files on the server
- 2 are Quickbooks workstations .. usually just 1
- workstations open Word and Excel on files resident on the Server
The system is slow and I have some thoughts about re-architecting it. The system resides in a rural area with little Server OS support. And, this system has little need for a Windows Server OS. So, I'd lean to something like Windows 7 Pro for all the computers - in whatever hardware is most suitable.
The only application that currently requires Windows Server OS is the S2K app.
So, as a first step I plan to move the user files to a workstation as the "file server".
Same thing for the Quickbooks files on another workstation - probably put them on the workstation that does the bulk of the Quickbooks work. That only makes sense.
In the future, S2K can be replaced with the latest app which does not require a Windows Server OS. Then replace that machine with one with Windows 7 Pro.
Any comments on the approach?