Choosing a server
Posted on 2012-09-13
Ive been shopping around lately and looking at replacing my decrepit craigslist server, lol, with something new and shiny. My business has grown, but still small - not an enterprise level - and i need a server that can handle 5 - 10 users.
- since i have employee's / managers in the field, i need remote access to the server ( upload files and access software applications on it, ie: Quickbooks ). what would be the best way to connect these employee's? VPN?, GoToMeeting, then a local log in account? other technologies?
- How many User CAL's come in a windows CAL pack?
- Im looking at SBS 2011 since its a simplified platform with active directory for user permissions, integrates with Sharepoint ( might work on an internal site later on ) and sbs 2011 comes with exchange. what are you thoughts on this OS? should i just continue with Server 03?
- Server im looking at is a basic entry level Dell PowerEdge T320 beefed up a little with an Drac7 express, Intel® Xeon® E5-2420 1.90GHz, 15M Cache, 7.2GT/s QPI, Turbo, 6C, 95W, Max Mem 1333MHz Processor, and 1TB SATA drive.
-Should i do a RAID Array? i have plenty of data, but only have a limited budget. I planned on picking up another 1TB external to do regular backups ( included with SBS2011 ) or a 1TB NAS.
- Any comments on dell's powervault?
- Is there a better way to accomplish what i would like to do? Running a Citrix server is a little pricy, Ideal, yes, but... limited budget.
thank you for all your input!